Quora is a continually improving collection of questions and answers created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it.
One way to think of Quora is as a cache for the research we engage in while looking things up on the web and asking other people. Quora identifies 7 primary qualities of their platform:
- Accumulating Knowledge
- Continually Improving
People use Quora to document the world around them. When knowledge is put into Quora, it is there forever to be shared with anyone in the future who is interested. Each question page on Quora is a reusable resource, helping everyone who has the question that the page is about.
People can write their own answers to questions any time they think a question page could become a better resource with more information added to it. People who read question pages rate the different answers so that the best ones can rise to the top of the page and make it better.
Everything on Quora is tied back to a person. People use their real names and pictures on Quora and have a short bio describing who they are; this helps anyone reading things they write to understand why they should believe what is written and take into account the author’s perspective. For example, if Noam Chomsky gives an answer to a question about linguistics, that means something really different from someone who has never studied the field giving an answer.