A couple of months ago I posted a question on Quora called, “What’s the best way to get a meeting with Never Eat Alone author Keith Ferrazzi?” For those that don’t know him, he’s one of the leading relationship experts in the world. His book Never Eat Alone was a big inspiration for our project Commonred.
That’s when the Quora underlords (perhaps a bit strong) joined the conversation. How/why they found this question I’ll never know. Rest assured it’s way down at the bottom of the moderation list.
The question stands: where is the line for a company to maintain the integrity of their product’s purpose, and just chill out? Not sure but Quora crossed it on this one. My personal philosophy is to always air on the side of being chill because in the grand scheme of life, how important really is your startup?
See the response and conversation below. A small ‘big ups’ to Chelsea Henry for responding in the first place. She’s merely a pawn in the great game of startup chess. Don’t worry Chelsea, I’m not even a piece on the board so at least you’re that much.
Dude. I’m with you, Quora is getting super-annoying. The syntax everyone uses on there is getting homogenized. Super power users who comment on every single interesting thread are getting more and more annoying. The length of responses by some of the Quora employees are ridiculous. And the top-down etiquette rules are becoming fascist. Definitely much less interesting to me now than it was 6 months ago.
Brent – signs of the times I guess. Like how YouTube is completely unmanageable at this point. Remember a few years ago when it was a great place to discover cool new videos. Now I can’t go to the Crabman page (4.1MM views btw) without someone dropping 30 f-bombs about him. Twitter is getting really noisy and has lost that personal touch for me. I think Meetup has a really cool community. We’re trying to build a cool one with CR and starting to see some fruits of that. But the Quora community is shifting.
This is one of the best Quora-User to Admin interactions I’ve seen–If ever a fascist dictator needed an army of cogs to carry out his evil plan, would have to look no further than the Quora admin. community.
Derek, you were not right in that situation, and you know it. And your attempt to get Quora down by spreading this article is just pathetic.
Considering there’s another question with dozens of votes asking why Quora admins don’t have a sense of humor, I’d say lots of people agree with me. I’ve written lots of nice things about Quora in the past year. No one gets it right 100% of the time – Quora is no exception.