There has never been a Quora World Meetup before, so we’ll have to see—and understand that since this will be a loose aggregation of dozens of separate, independent events, there will be no single answer.
That said, we can look for cues to the two previous types of Quora Meetups that have been held over the years:
In the beginning, Quora sponsored a few open Meetups, inviting many early members. Because the vast majority of users are primarily readers (lurkers) rather than writers (contributors), and because there were no such things as “Quora celebrities”, the resulting events were somewhat disjointed and unsatisfying. They ended up being large rooms full of people who didn't know each other, and had nothing in common. For readers expecting to be entertained or enlightened as they are online, there was little going on. For the few active writers, there was little in common with the readers. After a couple of these misfires, Quora ended them and rethought what to do.
Around this time (about five years ago) Quora created the Top Writers program, and resuscitated the Meetup idea, but only for TWs. This time it was a resounding success, because (a) everyone was a proactive contributor, and (b) thanks to TW “celebrity status” everyone ‘knew’—or at least had heard of—each other. As a result, the semi-annual TW Meetups have become a high point of the year for many people.
With the new experiment in the simultaneous World Meetups, everyone is hoping that the outcome will bring together the best of both previous versions.
To that end—at least in our local QWM here in New York—we’re going to try some innovative experiments to help bridge the writer/reader divide, as well as try to set things up so that it won’t necessarily be overwhelming for the less ‘gregarious’ members…who might otherwise find a large cocktail party a bit over-stimulating. If we come up with some [hopefully] good ideas, we’ll post them in our related Quora question to provide seed suggestions to other meet ups.