Some f@*#en gems found on Quora
As you probably know, the closing of Yahoo! Answers was a bit of a sad one for big fans of dumb questions. Fortunately, Quora is still carrying the flaming torch of stupidity into the future with its insistence on letting people ask some of the dumbest things you’ve ever heard. Deadset, if you haven’t seen it, use this article as your introduction and check out some of the gold you’ll find on there.
Now, for what it’s worth, the specific gold you’ll find here has been collated by the legends over on a subreddit called InsanePeopleQuora. As you might expect, it’s full of…well, we can’t really call them pearls of wisdom. Yeah, nah…
Anyway, the founder of the site has gone on record to explain how the idea came about. Basically, there was demand for a separate subreddit all about Quora, and he leapt at the chance.
“Getting the first few thousand members took a while with cross-posting Quora posts I found to r/insanepeoplefacebook. Some reached the front page of Reddit, which is when the sub started seeing a large increase in numbers and became self-sustaining, meaning I didn’t need to post as much to keep the sub going.”
Besides the fun-poking, though, there’s a real bit of sociology going on here. Obviously, it’s pretty easy to laugh at some of the s**t you see on there, but the subreddit’s founder has a theory as to why it’s so popular.
“Age obviously helps as it takes time to build up a user base, but then you have to do something to maintain that base. For Quora, they’ve added several common social media features such as the ability to upvote questions, comment on questions (as opposed to answering them), and following people for their questions or answers.”
As to what it is that attracts the weird questions, they’re not too sure. ”I don’t think there’s anything specific that attracts weird questions, I think it’s just because of the popularity of the site, with enough people on there, you’re always going to get some strange questions as well as trolls.”
Final thought: Yeah, nah, we bloody love places like this, and while we turn our nose up and laugh like elitists, it’s probably fair to say that you never know if you don’t ask, and if these people genuinely need to know, at least they have a place to do that. So, let us know, what would you ask it?
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