What kind of questions on Quora aren't OK? What is Quora's policy on question deletion?

There are three types of question deletions on Quora:

  1. Deletions made by the user who added the question. After adding a question, the OP (original poster of the question) has a grace period during which he or she is permitted to delete the question; this grace period ends when a certain level of activity on the page has occurred. This policy is consistent with Quora's philosophy that questions belong to the community and OPs do not have ownership over their questions—see: Should I feel a sense of responsibility over questions that I ask on Quora?
  2. Deletions requested by a user regarding a question about themselves as an individual. What is Quora's policy on protecting individuals?
  3. Deletions to questions made by Quora moderators. Questions that are merely badly formed or unclear should be improved or tagged for improvement rather than removed. Joke questions should not be deleted; instead they should be tagged with the Joke Questions tag which will limit their distribution to users who are interested in that content. There is a presumption in favor of editing questions rather than deleting them where this is reasonable and practicable. Questions on which a substantial amount of activity has taken place should not be deleted in the absence of consensus among moderators.

Some reasons why moderators may delete a question include:

  • The question is not a sincere attempt at eliciting good answers, perhaps because it is primarily focused on making a point in an argumentative manner. In cases where the question has been posted anonymously: If a question is posted by an anonymous OP, we will aggressively interpret the sincerity test; if reasonable people would conclude that there is a greater-than-50% chance that the question is not sincerely intended to elicit good answers, then it will be deleted. If the OP wants to appeal this decision, they will need to remove anonymity on the question and post a comment on the question making their case why the question should be interpreted as sincere. Once a question has been deleted per this policy, the anonymous OP cannot fix the question by editing it; the OP needs to reveal their identity and explain their rationale. This rule will be enforced especially aggressively on hot topics (e.g., religion, gender, politics, etc.).
  • The question violates Quora's Policy on Protecting Individuals.
  • The question could be considered to constitute harassment or hate speech by a reasonable observer and has the potential to make the experience of using Quora uncomfortable for targeted group(s) of users.
  • The question is posed such that a direct answer that sincerely attempts to provide the information requested by the question would inevitably be contrary to a Quora policy, including but not limited to the Be Nice, Be Respectful policy and the policy prohibiting answers that advocate certain harmful actions.
  • The question's primary focus is the promotion of a product or service.
  • The question is a legal or medical question that concerns client- or patient-specific facts.
  • The question is not written in English.
  • The question is not a question at all, but is some other sort of content.
  • The question is incoherent or otherwise unable to be answered meaningfully, and would not be improved by straightforward edits.
  • Questions that are created with the purpose of attracting spam content are also considered spam and may be deleted.
  • The questions is a solicitation, classified ad and/or job posting. (To be clear, it is fine to ask questions like "What are the best ways to go about hiring great iPhone developers in Silicon Valley?" that are requests for general, reusable advice about approach.)

A user cannot delete a question that another user has added. However, if a user notices two duplicate questions, the user can redirect the newer questions with fewer answers to the older question with more answers. Users can also edit questions to improve them, just as moderators can.

If you feel your question has been unfairly deleted, please contact us using our contact form.

How does topic following on Quora work?

When you follow a topic on Quora, your Feed will start to include its activity — new questions and answers. (Note that you aren't guaranteed to see all of their activity in your feed — this depends on the amount of activity from other topics and people you're following. )

You can follow any topic on Quora through a few different ways:

On a computer:

  • Anywhere you see a topic name, for example as you're reading feed or are looking at the topics that a question is tagged with, you can hover over it and see an option to follow it
  • From any topic page, you can click on the green “Follow Topic” button, located just below the topic name and description

On mobile:

  • You can click on topic names, which will take you to a topic page
  • From any topic page, you can tap on the green “Follow Topic” button

How do I invite people to Quora?

For both Gmail and Yahoo, Quora uses OAuth [1][2] to request authorization to access a user's email contacts.  If you're not familiar with OAuth, what this means is that Quora never actually handles the user's password.  Instead, the user is directed to either a Gmail- or Yahoo-hosted authorization webpage where the user logs in and grants access to a third-party application (in this case, Quora); the application then gets a short-lived, authorized request token with which to make API calls for the user's data.  Both Gmail and Yahoo expire their OAuth request tokens after an hour.  Using OAuth protects the user's password and also restricts third-party API access by Quora to only the users' contacts data.

Even for other email providers where the public OAuth standard is not supported, we value our users' privacy and security and do not save passwords.

[1] http://code.google.com/apis/acco…
[2] http://developer.yahoo.com/oauth/

If I disagree with an answer I see on Quora, how can I have a discussion or argue with the person who wrote it?

You won't be "dinged" if you argue with the poster's claims and logic; you'll only get dinged if you belittle him, personally, which is bad argumentation, anyway: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ad_…

It's the difference between "You're wrong: one plus one is two, not five," and "You're wrong: one plus one is two, not five, you idiot." The latter contains useless noise that violates Quora's "Be Nice" policy.

Disagree with someone's ideas. Violently disagree with those ideas. Point out every little mistake. Knock yourself out. Just don't insult the person behind the ideas.

Note: if you insult the person instead of his ideas, it makes you look weak. It looks as if you're not smart enough to confront his ideas and so you take cheap shots instead.

Einstein: E-MC^2.

Some Guy: Oh yeah? Well, that's not what your mother screamed in bed last night.

How do you search for people on Quora?

If you type a person's name into the box at the top of every page that says "Find a Question," it will also search for people on the site.

You will see something like
    Charlie Cheever, Quora Palo, Alto (editor, 138 answers)
for people.

How do I add topics to a question on Quora?

There are a couple ways you can add topics to a question:

  • When adding a new question, one of the steps is topic selection. As you go through the process, Quora will suggest topics to add to the question. You can select from these, as well as search for and add other topics.
  • Once a question is added to Quora, you can add topics by going to that question, and clicking on the link that says "Edit Topics." This link is below the list of topics on the left-hand side of the page.

How is Quora different from Knowpost?

Aardvark seems to be entirely focused on the workflow of asking a new question and getting an answer. The only things tied to your account are questions you've asked and people in your network (really, vark? 7 search results per page?). Quora, on the other hand, is much more oriented around the questions & answers already present in the system. For instance, it features a search box at the top and allows you to subscribe to people and topics.

How can I add a topic bio for myself on Quora?

(This answer is about a deprecated Quora feature, topic bios, which have been replaced with Credentials. For more info, read the Credentials FAQ.)

There are several ways to add Topic Biographies on Quora.

While answering a question, there is an "Edit Biography" beneath your name that will let you create or edit Topic Biographies for each of the topics on the question. After you have submitted answer, in the "…" menu, there is an "Edit Biography" option.

You can also go to your profile page and select "Following". This will has three tabs: People, Topics, and Blogs. After selectiong "Topics", it will show all the topics that you follow, along with your biography for each topic. If a topic that you follow doesn't have a biography, it will say "Describe your experience" and you will be able to add a biography.

Also on your profile page, you can select "Edit" on your "Knows About" topics. This will give a list of topics that you have answered questions on or are endorsed on. Beneath each topic there is a biography which you can edit or if no biography exists, it will say "Describe your experience."