Quora Review

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.

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  •  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.

The bottom line: 8.5/10

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.


What is Quora and How Does It Work?

Have you ever had a question that you needed answered, but were unsure who would have the answer to it?  Maybe it was a technical question about how to do something on your computer or mobile device.  Maybe it was a question about why events around the world are happening the way that they are.  Or maybe it was a question about why you or people whom you know think and act the way that you do.

With the advent of the Internet, you could just type your question into a search engine and see what comes up.  However, the result that you get might not exactly be the question that you asked, or the answer that you were looking for.  So, instead, you can use Quora.com.  Quora is a website specifically devoted to people asking and answering questions on all sorts of topics.  And if you can't find the answer that you seek on Quora, ask your specific question yourself.  Who knows… a famous expert in that subject may have an answer for you!

So what exactly is Quora?

Quora is a website where questions are asked and answered.  These questions and answers are organized into topics, edited, liked, and commented on by Quora's community of users.  Quora's users can display their expertise in various fields, and some Quora users are even celebrities or other notable people! 

How Quora works: 4 steps to getting started

1. Sign up for a free Quora account, and tell Quora what you want to know and what you already know.

Creating an account on Quora is quick and easy.  All you need is your name, your email address, and a password; you can also sign in through your Facebook or Google (e.g. Gmail) account.  Then, tell Quora what topics you're interested in, so that it can show you relevant questions and answers.  You can also tell Quora what you already know a lot about, so if a Quora user has a question on that subject, they'll know who to call!

Picking topics on Quora that interest you

2. Search for a question and its answer, or ask a question yourself.

Someone on Quora may have already asked the question that you want to know the answer to, and another Quora user may have already answered it!  Type a question into Quora and see if it matches — or at least is similar to — a question that someone on Quora has already asked.  If not, you can submit your question to Quora, perhaps with a few explanatory details.  With any luck, one or more people on Quora will write an answer to your question!

Searching for or posing a question on Quora

3. Help someone answer their question… or do it yourself, if you know how!

Do you know how to answer a quandary that someone has posted on Quora?  Go ahead and write your answer!  If you don't… that's okay, too!  You may know someone or something that can help.  You can ask another Quora user who has knowledge in the subject at hand to help out, or leave a lead as to where an answer might be found (or how a question might be made more specific, so as to be more easily answerable).  Or, you can share the question on your other social media accounts… maybe one of your friends or followers will know how to answer it!

Tools for answering a question on Quora

4. An answer isn't necessarily the end on Quora… spread the knowledge!

Just because a question on Quora has been answered doesn't mean that you can't still contribute!  You can flag the answers that you think are most correct or least correct, or share them with your friends who might want to know them, too.  You can also comment on an answer if you think that something needs to be added to or changed about it, or reply to other comments and get a debate going in pursuit of the truth!

Tools for discussing answers on Quora

 

That's a little bit about what Quora is and does!  Before we start you on your quest to gain and spread knowledge on Quora, though, we'll quickly look at its strong and weak points.