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Quora () is an American social question-and-answer website based in Mountain View,
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, United States. It was founded on June 25, 2009, and made available to the public on June 21, 2010. Users can collaborate by editing questions and commenting on answers that have been submitted by other users. As of 2020, the website was visited by 300 million users a month.


History


Founding and naming

Quora was co-founded by former
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employees
Adam D'Angelo Adam D'Angelo (born 1984) is an American internet entrepreneur. He is best known as the co-founder and CEO of Quora, based in Mountain View, California. He was chief technology officer of Facebook, and also served as its vice president of engineeri ...

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and
Charlie Cheever Charlie Cheever (born August 2, 1981) is the co-founder, along with Adam D'Angelo, of Quora (website), Quora, an online knowledge market. He was formerly an engineer and manager at Facebook. Prior to Facebook, Cheever was employed by Amazon.com i ...

Charlie Cheever
in June 2009. In an answer to the question "How did Adam D'Angelo and Charlie Cheever come up with the name Quora?" written on Quora in 2011, Charlie Cheever stated, "We spent a few hours brainstorming and writing down all the ideas that we could think of. After consulting with friends and eliminating ones we didn't love, we narrowed it down to 5 or 6 finalists, and eventually settled on Quora." Cheever went on to state, "The closest competition that he nameQuora had was Quiver."


2010–2013: Early growth

In March 2010, Quora, Inc. was valued at $86 million. Quora first became available to the public on June 21, 2010, and was praised for its interface and for the quality of the answers written by its users, many of whom were recognized as experts in their fields. Quora's user base increased quickly, and by late December 2010, the site was seeing spikes of visitors five to ten times its usual load—so much that the website initially had difficulties handling the increased traffic. Until 2018, Quora did not show ads because "...ads can often be negative for user experience. Nobody likes banner ads, ads from shady companies, or ads that are irrelevant to their needs." In June 2011, Quora redesigned the navigation and usability of its website. Co-founder Adam D'Angelo compared the redesigned Quora to
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, and stated that the changes to the website were made on the basis of what had worked and what had not when the website had experienced unprecedented growth six months earlier. In September 2012, co-founder Charlie Cheever stepped down as co-operator of the company, taking an advisory role. The other co-founder, Adam D'Angelo, continued to maintain a high degree of control over the company. In January 2013, Quora launched a blogging platform allowing users to post non-answer content. Quora launched a full-text search of questions and answers on its website on March 20, 2013, and extended the feature to mobile devices in late May 2013. It also announced in May 2013 that usage metrics had tripled relative to the same time in the prior year. In November 2013, Quora introduced a feature called ''Stats'' to allow all Quora users to see summary and detailed statistics of how many people had viewed, upvoted, and shared their questions and answers.
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reported that, although Quora had no immediate plans for monetization, they believed that search ads would likely be their eventual source of revenue.


2014–2017: Continued growth and new features


2014 organization

Quora was evolving into "a more organized
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, a classier
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, an opinionated
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" and became popular in tech circles. In April 2014, Quora raised $80 million from
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at a reported $900 million valuation. Quora was one of the Summer 2014
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companies, although it was described as "the oldest Y-Combinator ever".


Parlio acquisition

In March 2016, Quora acquired the online community website Parlio.


Question details

Users were able to add descriptions to questions. On December 8th, 2015, these were limited to 300 characters, and questions themselves to 150, not affecting existing questions. On August 3rd, 2017, question details were discontinued entirely and replaced with an optional source URL input field to provide context, reportedly to encourage users to phrase questions more descriptively. Existing question details were stored in comments under respective questions.


Advertisement rollouts

In April 2016, Quora began a limited rollout of advertising on the site. The first ad placement that the company accepted was from
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. Over the next few years the site began gradually to show more ads, but still maintained efforts to limit the number of ads and to keep the ads it did show relevant to the users seeing them.


Multilingual expansion

In October 2016, Quora launched a
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version of its website to the public; in early 2017, a beta version of Quora in
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was announced. In May 2017, beta versions in
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German
and
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Italian
were introduced. In September 2017 a beta version in
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was launched. In April 2018, Beta versions in
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Hindi
,
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, and
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Indonesian
were launched. in September 2018, Quora announced that additional versions in
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,
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...
,
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Tamil
,
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,
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,
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,
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, and
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were planned.


2017 anonymity changes

On February 9, 2017, Quora announced changes to their anonymity feature, detaching anonymous questions and edits from accounts. When asking or answering anonymously, an anonymous edit link is generated, only through which the question or answer can be edited in the future.Quora product updates: Upcoming changes to anonymity on Quora
by Riley Patterson on February 9, 2017
Since then, commenting anonymously and toggling one's answer between anonymous and public is no longer possible. These changes went into effect on March 20, 2017. Users were able to request a list of anonymous edit links to their existing anonymous questions and answers until then.


2017 Series D funding

In April 2017, Quora claimed to have 190 million monthly unique visitors, up from 100 million a year earlier. That same month, Quora was reported to have received
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funding with a valuation of $1.8 billion.


2018–2019: Further growth and data breach

In September 2018, Quora reported that it was receiving 300 million unique visitors every month. Despite its large number of registered users, Quora did not possess the same level of mainstream cultural dominance as sites like
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, which, at the time, had roughly 326 million registered users. This may have been because a large number of registered users on the site did not use it regularly and many did not even know they had accounts since they had either created them unknowingly through other social media sites linked to Quora or created them years previously and forgotten about them. Quora uses and interstitials to force users to login or register before they can see more of the content, similar to a
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. In December 2018, Quora announced that approximately 100 million user accounts were affected by a
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. The hacked information included users' names, email addresses, encrypted passwords, data from social networks like
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and
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if people had chosen to link them to their Quora accounts, questions they had asked, and answers they had written. Adam D'Angelo stated, "The overwhelming majority of the content accessed was already public on Quora, but the compromise of account and other private information is serious."Compromised information could also allow hackers to log into a Quora user’s connected social media accounts, via access tokens. A class action lawsuit, case number 5:18-cv-07597-BLF, was filed in the Northern District of California, on behalf of named plaintiffs in New Jersey and Colorado by Capstone Law and Franklin D. Azar & Associates, P.C. By May 2019, Quora was valued at $2 billion as a company and it was finalizing a $60 million investment round, which was led by Valor Equity Partners, a private equity firm with ties to
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and
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. In spite of this, the site still showed very few ads compared to other sites of its kind and the company was still struggling to turn a profit, having only made $20 million in revenue in 2018. Several investors passed on the opportunity to invest in Quora, citing the company's "poor track record of actually making money." Schleifer characterized the disparity between Quora's valuation as a company and its actual profits as a result of "the high valuation for virtually everything these days in the tech sector." In December 2019, Quora announced that it would open its first international engineering office in
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, which would deal with machine learning and other engineering functions. That same month, Quora launched its
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, Gujarati,
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,
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, and
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versions.


2020

In June 2020, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and employee response to work-from-home during shelter-in-place, Adam D'Angelo announced that Quora would become "remote first", meaning that most employees would not have to come into the office once
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ended.


2021

On 19 April, Quora eliminated the requirement that users use their real names and allowed users to use pseudonyms. On 5 August, Quora began allowing contributors to monetize their content. In addition, the platform launched a subscription service called Quora+ which allows subscribers to pay a $5 monthly fee or a $50 annual subscription to access content that any creator chooses to put behind a paywall.


Operation


Website

;URL format
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s of questions only contain the question title without a numeric
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as used on
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sites (in addition to a URL slug), and /unanswered/ before the title, if the question is unanswered. ;
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With the help of asynchronous JavaScript and XML, some site functionality resembles
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, such as updating follow counts and an indicator showing that a user is typing an answer.


Real name policy

Prior to April 19, 2021, Quora required users to register with the complete form of their
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s rather than an Internet pseudonym (screen name); although verification of names is not required, false names can be reported by the community. This was done with the ostensible intent of adding credibility to answers. Users with a certain amount of activity on the website have the option to write their answers anonymously but not by default. Visitors unwilling to log in or use cookies have had to resort to workarounds to use the site. Users may also log in with their
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or
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accounts by using the
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protocol. The Real Name policy was rescinded April 19, 2021. The Quora community includes various well-known people such as
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, Richard A. Muller, ,
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,
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, and Adrián Lamo, as well as some current and former professional athletic personalities, scientists, and other experts in their fields. Quora allows users to create user profiles with visible real names, photos, site use statistics, etc., which users can set to private. In August 2012, blogger Ivan Kirigin pointed out that acquaintances and followers could see his activity, including which questions he had looked at. In response, Quora stopped showing question views in feeds later that month. By default, Quora exposes its users' profiles, including their real names, to
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. Users can disable this feature.


Answer recommendations

Quora has developed its own proprietary algorithm to rank answers, which works similarly to
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's
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. Quora uses
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technology to host the servers that run its website. Currently, Quora has different ways to recommend questions to users: ;Home feed question recommendations :In this method, users have a timeline that is personalized to their preferences. Quora also provides "interesting" questions that are relevant to those preferences. ;Daily digest :In this method, Quora sends a daily email containing a set of questions with one answer that is deemed the best answer, given certain ranking criteria. ;Related questions :In this method, a set of questions that relates to the current question is displayed on the side. This display is not tailored to the specific user. ;Requested answers :This feature lets a user direct a question to other users whom they consider better suited to answer it.


Content moderation

Quora supports various features to moderate content posted by users, though mainly relies on user reporting and human moderators.


Top Writers Program

In November 2012, Quora introduced the Top Writers Program as a way to recognize individuals who had made especially valuable content contributions to the site and encourage them to continue. About 150 writers were chosen each year. Top writers were invited to occasional exclusive events and received gifts such as branded clothing items and books. The company believed that by cultivating a group of core users who were particularly invested in the site, a positive
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of user engagement would be created. After not selecting any 2019 or 2020 English-language Top Writers, the program was officially retired in April 2021 but will continue in other languages.


Reception


Reviews

Quora was reviewed extensively by the media in 2010. Quora was hacked in 2018 leading to loss of information of users to hackers. According to
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, Quora succeeded in combining attributes of
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and
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. Later, in 2011, Scoble criticized Quora for being a "horrid service for blogging" and, although a decent question and answer website, not substantially better than alternatives. Quora was highly criticized for removing question details in August 2017. According to some users, the removal of question details limited the ability to submit personal questions and questions requiring code excerpts, multimedia, or complexity of any sort that could not fit into the length limit for a URL. According to an official product update announcement, the removal of question details was made to emphasize canonical questions. The moderation system of Quora has been a frequently criticized topic. Criticisms generally hinge around the website's ineffective, inconsistent and opaque approach to moderation from the perspective of its users: apparent non-violations are automatically flagged by the website's algorithm (such as pasting a web URL to cite a source) while posts that are either counter-factual with no backing sources, or answers and comments that are highly inflammatory, adversarial or harassing appear to stay despite reporting. The website's responses to moderation appeals are seen by the userbase as impersonal and automatic, leaving many to wonder how much of the website's moderation is performed by human staff and how much is automated. The inconsistency of Quora moderation has been blamed for the proliferation of harmful prejudices on the website. In 2014, in addition to being privately harassed, female users noted a ubiquity of pointed, sexist questions about women with more clearly sexist question details whereas the same kinds of questions rephrased to be about men were quickly taken down. One user was subject of a sexually defamatory post containing a photo of her which was only taken down by moderation after the incident was publicized online.
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and extreme
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viewpoints have been noted to be ubiquitous on Quora despite its policies. Quora users have noted an increase of
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on the website, complete with a "Space" for
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, and feel that the report feature is ineffective against this rise. While a public Space exists on Quora for
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, seen to be a discussion group for those who identify as fascist, Palestinian professor Rima Najjar had been notably banned for comparing
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to fascism, and the space "Palestine Today" which shared posts about Palestinian culture, history and politics, had been banned three times from 2017 to February 2020.


Lawsuit

On January 1, 2020, a retired
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professor, Rima Najjar Merriman, filed a lawsuit against Quora at the
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. Her lawsuit alleged that she had been wrongfully banned from the question and answers website and accused of posting hate speech for her pro-Palestinian and
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References


External links

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