Why is Quora Censoring our Questions and Answers?
Answer: They are too smart for their own good and not smart enough for everyone else’s.
Molly Ivins once quipped, “The strongest human emotion is neither love nor hate. It is one person’s desire to f#ck with another person’s copy”
My experience with Quora has been mostly positive and I believe it serves a useful purpose. Yet the Quora admins’ frequent editing and burying of content is irritating.
In one example, Mark Cuban was poised a question, “Which social games or developers have received funding from Mark Cuban?” To which Cuban responded:
I ended up not funding any social games after my blog posting. The more people I talked to , the less I liked the business. It was too much like the console game and movie businesses.
I did end up partnering with Schell Games for game development for the Mavericks and am working on another partnership for HDNet. But those are projects, not company investments
I then responded with the following which was quickly demoted and marked “not helpful” by a Quora admin (essentially hiding his and my response):
As you can see Cuban responded to my comment adding insight and value to the question.
From Quora’s About Page
“The most important thing is to have each question page become the best possible resource for someone who wants to know about the question”
I have my doubts.
Are Quora Editors smarter than the rest of us?
They’re a bunch of smart guys, but they can’t be competent in everything. In fact, they can’t possibly be smart enough to edit every question or answer nor be able to discern whether a user’s comment is relevant to their stated mission of delivering the best answer.
Moreover, there’s something guilty, sneaky, wrong about the practice of burying responses to questions and editing answers for which they don’t understand.
They have community tools to do this for them. Let the community decide on relevancy.
It’s bad business
While editing a question or answer for clarity or burying content may seem like good practice, it’s not. The message it sends to participants is like the feeling you had when an overzealous boss or teacher kept correcting editing changing your work in order to fit it into their own mental framework.
It will deter users from participating and crush the esprit de corps the site has worked so hard to obtain.
So what do you think of Quora’s policy on editing and burying content? Do you agree with me or do you have another point of view?