Our previous tutorial gave you a bit of a primer on what Quora is and how it works. So, will Quora sate your hunger for knowledge, or will it leave you to starve in a desert of bewilderment? Here's what we like about Quora, and what we think could work better.
Knowledge doesn't come at a price here -- Quora is totally free to use.
A question for everybody -- Quora includes questions on all sorts of topics, from technology to economics to world affairs to sports and entertainment. If you come to Quora with a question in mind, it's possible that someone has already asked the same (or a similar question). And if not, you can add your unique question yourself!
Show off your smarts -- If you know the answer to a question that someone asks on Quora, go ahead and write it! Also, you can make your areas of expertise a part of your Quora profile, so that other users will know to come to you for answers about certain topics.
Sometimes, debate is healthy -- Just because someone has already asked a question or given an answer to one that you were going to pose, that doesn't mean that you can't still contribute to Quora! Comment on the question if you think it could be rephrased, or you have a lead on where an answer might be found. You can even comment on answers, or reply to comments about answers, if you think that something about an answer needs to be added or changed.
First question: where am I? -- Quora's interface is a bit crowded and complicated, and it doesn't appear to have a help section to show you what everything does. Fortunately, that's why you have us here at Techboomers to show you how to use it!
Is this your final answer? -- Answers to questions on Quora are by-and-large policed by Quora's community of users, not a central editorial board. So while most users on Quora are well-meaning and knowledgeable, others may write fake answers that appear true, or otherwise sarcastic or unhelpful answers. Use common sense, and fact-check or ask further questions when you need to.
Quora is a free-to-use tool that's useful for finding answers to specific questions that would normally be difficult to find through common search engines. If you don't find a question that's exactly like the one that you want to ask, you can just ask it yourself, and see if anyone else on Quora knows the answer. Conversely, if you know something that can help out someone else on Quora, feel free to answer their questions. Everyone on Quora helps each other out to contribute to a global network of refined knowledge.
There are two things to be aware of when using Quora, though. The first is that its interface is somewhat crowded and difficult to get used to, and there's no help section to speak of, so you're going to have to discover how different functions on Quora work on your own. (We'll help you with the basics, of course!) The second is that, much like Wikipedia, the accuracy of information on Quora is mainly in the hands of the people who use it, and not the overarching company that runs it. There may be more than one answer to a question, and some may be more correct than others; some answers will be totally incorrect or outright rude. Be sure to check your facts and ask additional follow-up questions to make sure that you're getting the best answer possible.
Well, those are our thoughts on Quora. If you want to answer the question "How useful is Quora?" on your own, though, we'll show you how to get started in our next lesson, which teaches you how to create an account on Quora.
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