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41 points by ChazDazzle 239 days ago | hide | past | web | favorite | 8 comments

After having been a "Top Writer" for two years in a row, I stopped contributing to Quora a bit over a year ago. I had several reasons, but the two biggest were:

* A very opaque answer-ranking system which often promotes what I consider really crappy (e.g. factually incorrect or off-topic) answers over better ones. This is not just stupid people voting, BTW; simple ranking by vote count would be far better than what actually happens. This is something Quora themselves, or their algorithms, do.

* A cadre of popular writers who openly flaunt the rules (e.g. don't answer the question, fill posts with meme-y images). A significant subset of these "Slop Writers" are clearly there to peddle their own books with an annoying coda on every answer.

Those kind of things seriously degrade the reading experience there. I honestly don't get why Quora would allow, facilitate, and even seem to promote behavior which drives away both readers and writers. It would only make sense if people were actually paying them to have their answers ranked higher or to be allowed to break the rules, but that would be extremely hard for them to hide so I don't think that's really the case. Considering some of the other problems there, like the site generally being slow/flaky or the random addition/removal of features, I think they're just not thinking very hard about these issues.

I still go back there to read sometimes. So far, I keep finding that the same problems are still there and getting worse, so I don't expect I'll write there again.

Stopped going there a long time ago. Hate the idea that I need an account to read.

Deleted my account there a year ago after it started sending me lots of questions of type "what are the first signs that you have illness X" where X varied from lyme disease to ebola. After finding that I match all the known diseases, I decided that this BS was not really worth an account there. SO is so much better in terms of content quality - the amount of BS stupid questions on Quora is just hitting over the roof

I also tried to find a way to delete these topics from my feed but there is just no such functionality.

I deleted Quora after i got emailed an article offering advice for how to date white women if you're an Asian man.

I don't mind the idea that I need an account, since the trade-off seems to be no ads afaik.

Perhaps it's the personalisation, but the questions on Quora have become very trivial and click-baity in the past 12 months. ("Who is the most beautiful Indian female of all time?" "What's the most embarassing thing you have seen in a hotel room?")

If Quora is doing "extremely well", then why are they still seeking funding this many years in for a second round with YC?

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