The Problem with Quora

The question and answer site, Quora, pretends to be about knowledge dissemination. This claim is utter nonsense.

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About Quora

In the same week as Twitter and Facebook banned Trump, Quora moderators, once again, deleted replies I made directly challenging the false information provided by another user in their answer. This is not the first time this has happened to me and many others, as John Watson noted in his 2016 article for The Tech Reader, Top 10 Reasons Why Quora Sucks And Deserves To Die A Quick Death:

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If the site is about presenting factual information to ‘share and grow the world’s knowledge’ then why do they tolerate the legions of users who post patently incorrect answers and censor those who correct them? In two separate answers I provided to the same question, I posted a link to a respected Oxford professor’s book which would answer their question in exquisite detail. Both times, Quora moderators deleted my answer. Both times I appealed their decision, both times my appeal was rejected.

Why should my answer have been deleted in the first place, and even more so, why should the appeal have been denied? Did my answer conflict with the moderator’s worldview? This is a complete negation of Quora’s entire stated reason for existing. This is blatant censorship. Yet, it is not surprising in our post-fact world where feelings are deemed more important than the truth.

John Watson is correct: Quora needs to die.

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