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More detail[edit]

According to the knowledge market article, a knowledge market is "A knowledge market is a mechanism for distributing knowledge resources. There are two views on knowledge and how knowledge markets can function. One view uses a legal construct of intellectual property to make knowledge a typical scarce resource, so the traditional commodity market mechanism can be applied directly to distribute it. An alternative model is based on treating knowledge as a public good and hence encouraging free sharing of knowledge. This is often referred to as attention economy. Currently there is no consensus among researchers on relative merits of these two approaches." The Quora article does not clarify which one it is. Is it an expert-driven system where people can suggest edits like Britannica? Or is it more like Wikipedia?

--Smkatz (talk) 17:00, 5 May 2011 (UTC)

That's a really good observation. My opinion is that Quora is intended to be an expert-driven system. Users can suggest edits and questions are supposed to be fielded by experts. Unfortunately I don't think there is much vetting of expertise, you can only really flag as promotional or not. There is not a mechanism that I am aware of where you can be noted as an SME. I do think Quora intends to treat knowledge as a public good, it is very easy to share information there. What is your opinion about other answer question sites like LinkedIn, Yahoo answers, etc? I don't know that they have been categorized either.NCSS (talk) 20:32, 11 May 2011 (UTC)


Fixed the ambiguity. Ludi317 (talk) 00:47, 10 July 2010 (UTC)

Added Quora's Logo. Buddydavid (talk) 19:50, 12 July 2010 (UTC)

Registration required?[edit]

The infobox says that registration is optional, but it seems to me that it is required in order to participate. Am I right? --Jaqen (talk) 09:37, 16 January 2011 (UTC)

YesLborodkin (talk) 09:50, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Yes, you are right Jaqn. NCSS (talk) 19:27, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

That's why it is probably going to fail. I find my answers someplace else now. I hate when websites force people to sign in with their facebook, twitter etc accounts. (talk) 01:49, 15 June 2013 (UTC)


Why are the competitors listed in the introduction? The competition probably warrants its own section.

Also, would LinkedIn not also be a competitor? NCSS (talk) 19:27, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Don't think LinkedIn has much of the Q&A component that online knowledge markets have. Facebook Questions might be a more relevant competition. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 20:40, 1 April 2011 (UTC)


I flagged this article for structure as the sections do not read like paragraphs should (prose). the article seems to be well sourced, but it needs some help. NCSS (talk) 19:32, 17 February 2011 (UTC)

Registration free and open?[edit]

User:Biblbroks thinks registration is not free, but still invite only. But visiting the site allows anyone with a Facebook or Twitter account to register and use the site. Looking for a source that states current status. --Pmsyyz (talk) 17:30, 20 March 2011 (UTC)

I checked: , users outside the US need an invitation, but users in the US can register. I'll change it. ToastIsTasty (talk) 19:40, 20 March 2011 (UTC)
Registration has always been free. Invitations were required for all, even post-beta, but that ended by early 2011, maybe before. Invitations are required for users outside the U.S.A. in general, but there seem to be a few exceptions e.g. Germany, though even that isn't consistent, nor a stated company policy.
The company policy is that registration is free to all, and invitations are not required for users in the U.S.A., or at least as best as I can determine. I think the current wording in the Wikipedia article is accurate, at this point in time. --FeralOink (talk) 20:32, 19 July 2012 (UTC)

Facebook version of Quora[edit]

Facebook version of Quora: or (redirected)

better domain names for Quora to increase the number of users and visits: and


I have noticed this feature, too, but I am not sure I would call it Quora exactly. NCSS (talk) 21:16, 31 March 2011 (UTC)


This article needs to be rewritten to sound less like a sales promotional tool for Quora. My suspicion is that people related to the company are editing this page as flags are continually taken down with no real improvements. Please do not remove the flags until some significant improvement has been made. NCSS (talk) 16:53, 23 March 2011 (UTC)

The tags are being removed repeatedly by User:Pmsyyz. I do not know if that person has a WP:COI problem or if he or she just does not like tags pointing out problems in an article. I agree that the tags cannot be removed without actual improvement to the article. Since multiple editors have added those tags and only one has removed them, I hope that Pmsyyz will respect WP:CONSENSUS. DreamGuy (talk) 19:13, 26 March 2011 (UTC)
I think this article is written ok, except maybe for that quote in History. I just don't agree with the flags at the top of the article. Can you tell me why the article might need to reorganized or be rewritten entirely? If you don't provide suggestions or explanations for your assertions, don't be surprised if I remove the flags. --Pmsyyz (talk) 23:35, 26 March 2011 (UTC)
Flags should be removed once improvements have been made or consensus has been reached. Do you have any COI issues to share with us Pmsyyz? This article needs to be rewritten to adhere to Wikipedia style guidelines. NCSS (talk) 21:15, 31 March 2011 (UTC)
I just don't like ugly templates on Wikipedia articles if they aren't pointing out real problems. Flags should be removed if there is no evidence that flag suggested improvements are needed. Can you tell us any problem with the organization of this article? If not, I will remove that template. It appears to comply with Wikipedia:Layout that the template links to.--Pmsyyz (talk) 00:44, 2 April 2011 (UTC)
There are real problems, as pointed out by multiple editors. Do not remove the template until the article is fixed. See WP:IDIDN'THEARTHAT for why your behavior is unacceptable. DreamGuy (talk) 01:39, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
Where has anyone pointed out anything about the layout? --Pmsyyz (talk) 02:04, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
I'm glad NCSS looked at the facts and removed the template, unlike DreamGuy. DreamGuy, please look at the article in the future instead of attacking others. --Pmsyyz (talk) 00:32, 8 April 2011 (UTC)


The following discussion is an archived discussion of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on the talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

The result of the move request was: obsolete; the page is back at Quora. ErikHaugen (talk | contribs) 21:06, 12 April 2011 (UTC)

Quora (websitite)Quora (website)

  • — Title is a spelling mistake accidentally made by me, when trying to turn Quora back into a dab page. Ian Spackman (talk) 15:43, 4 April 2011 (UTC)
  • Someone already redirected the moved article back to Quora but unfortunately did a copy and paste of the text instead of moving the article. Original move was done without consensus. Between these two mistakes we have a right mess currently. DreamGuy (talk) 01:36, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
  • At 02:25, 5 April 2011 User:Parsecboy history-merged Quora (websitite) to Quora. Anthony Appleyard (talk) 09:04, 5 April 2011 (UTC)
So what needs to be done now? Can I help out somehow? NCSS (talk) 21:16, 8 April 2011 (UTC)
The above discussion is preserved as an archive of a requested move. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made in a new section on this talk page. No further edits should be made to this section.

Rewrite needed?[edit]

Does anyone think the article may need to be rewritten entirely to comply with Wikipedia's quality standards? I do not. --Pmsyyz (talk) 16:35, 5 June 2011 (UTC)

  • It certainly needs to be rewritten--it's pretty bad. The Reception section is nothing but a list. Drmies (talk) 19:19, 9 July 2011 (UTC)
That section could be cleaned up, and is marked as such. But not the whole article, so I'm removing the template at the top that says the whole article might need to be rewritten. --Pmsyyz (talk) 17:38, 16 July 2011 (UTC)

Help a newbie[edit]


I am a heavy Quora user and made a number of changes to this article: - give me feedback. Also tell me why Wikipedia has flagged the Quora links as 'self-published sources' - if this is truly policy (and your Verifiability policy does say that "personal websites, open wikis, personal or group blogs, Internet forum postings, and tweets, are largely not acceptable as sources") and Quora is not an acceptable source, I expect Wikipedia will be irrelevant within 10 years.

Best, Mariuskempe (talk) 16:07, 8 June 2011 (UTC)

Well, as much as I like the idea of Quora, much more I like the idea of Wikipedia. Therefore I must say that I expect that your stated opinion about your expectation will be irrelevant in matter of hours if not even less. Thanks for the contributions to the article. All the best, --biblbroks (talk) 01:46, 9 June 2011 (UTC)
Very funny. The reason that Wikipedia is trusted by so many is verification. For a source to meet the standard it needs to have editorial oversight. Quora does not have that type of oversight. NCSS (talk) 00:57, 10 June 2011 (UTC)

Reception section[edit]

The reception section seems very superfluous and self-serving. While it has references, the formatting and content are highly suspect. NCSS (talk) 21:45, 12 July 2011 (UTC)

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I think this article has been edited by people from Quora, because it seems like an ad. The article has vague phrasing about "growth" and only seems to cover positive topics. A thorough review of sourcing should also be done. NCSS (talk) 23:16, 31 August 2011 (UTC)

Regarding the "See Also"[edit]

In the see also section, currently there are only item Askville, I guess maybe we can also add some other related entries such as Stackoverflow, Yahoo_Answer. Hfevers (talk) 03:39, 18 February 2012 (UTC)

No need. There is a whole list in "Question and answer website", wikilinked from main text. Staszek Lem (talk) 18:55, 28 August 2012 (UTC)

On of my first actions would be to add a See Also section, as it is one of the best NPOV measures without edits, in my experience. G. Robert Shiplett 18:42, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

Problems editing and with page rendering[edit]

On this date there were serious problems at the site including server errors and edit update errors with both IE and Firefox ; I can try later with Safari ; a Chrome user may wish to try. The tiny HV3 browser seems to do better rendering their pages.

I will see if I can add some balance if not NPOV to this article

G. Robert Shiplett 18:40, 15 October 2012 (UTC)

Criticism section?[edit]

Article seriously needs a criticism section. Lot of privacy concerns on the web about Quora, and much discussion of how it represents a kind of privatisation of information, or knowledge vault merely for the initiated... Article reads like PR release for Quora. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:14, 13 November 2012 (UTC)

Actually there is a privacy concern section. Could you be more specific on what you feel the article needs? NCSS (talk) 21:00, 15 November 2012 (UTC)


Is relevant to this article? Toccata quarta (talk) 14:41, 26 November 2012 (UTC)

Not especially relevant, I don't think. Jimmy Wales is an investor in Quora per his statements on Quora website content. Quora is HARDLY even close to Wikipedia, regardless of whether or not Jimmy Wales has any association with Quora. Also, that article was written in late August 2012. Since then, one of the Quora founders has departed, and there have been other changes. Now the new TechCrunch rumor du jour is that Quora is a Twitter competitor. It is no more a Twitter competitor than a Wikipedia competitor! That is not merely my personal opinion. Thank you for the URL though. I enjoyed looking at the photos, and reading the article, as I had not seen it before! --FeralOink (talk) 12:34, 18 December 2012 (UTC)
Agreed 100% NCSS (talk) 22:22, 19 December 2012 (UTC)

Walled garden[edit]

Quora appears to be a kind of locked strongroom for information. In a sense it's the opposite of the egalitarian and free Wikipedia. Recently on the web, a user's personal details have become a kind of currency. Subsequently Quora will only allow one to view "answers" (which are often incorrect anyway) if one is prepared to hand over one's details: in a sense, "pay" for the information with one's email address / personal attributes. If this were untrue, then why is it a prerequisite for one to be logged in in order to use the site? To many, Quora represents a walled garden of data. There has been much criticism of this aspect of the website, yet the article (which is like an advertisement for Quora) don't seem to address this in any way. (talk) 18:22, 3 October 2013 (UTC)

Religious Affiliation[edit]

Bearing in mind the large numbers of questions on Quora which appear to emanate from certain American cults, and also taking into account the censorship policies in use by the moderators which seem to favour these cults, would it not be appropriate in any account of the site to indicate whether or not its owners or censors admit to a religious affiliation?

I ask because it seems that criticism of world wide major religions is permitted without question on Quora, but any comment on some of the cults is instantly redacted.

Yet another trolling site[edit]

Quora is just a glorified Yahoo Answers, that's all. (talk) 21:16, 3 June 2014 (UTC)