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Quora screenshot 2014-10-07
URL https://quora.com/
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Quora is a question and answer site renowned for its thoughtful, in-depth contributions and famous contributors. It is most famous for answers from Silicon Valley tech company founders and CEOs, but it covers virtually any topic, including life advice. The answers from tech celebrities can be unique statements on matters of history, not available anywhere else. And the thoughtful answers can be pretty valuable as well.

Vital signs

Going strong!

Concerns

Quora specifically disallows Internet Archive's crawlers (see note here), so there is no permanent record of any of their content. And it is a pretty typical web startup, steeped in Valley culture, so we can pretty much rely on it going belly-up or "pivoting" in a few years and deleting everyone's content. See Quora Keeps the World's Knowledge For Itself, October 2014.

Action items

Quora is amazing in that it's a smarted up version of Yahoo! Answers and Facebook: less rubbish and slightly better terms of use. As long as it "eats" them (only in English?) and nothing else, it's an advancement; but to be a real force for good it would need several other things.

  • FUD on the Internet Archive should stop, someone point folks to the IA FAQ for content removal? There should be some pressure for them to allow archiving.
  • It's not free/open culture.[1] Little to do here.
  • No data dumps anywhere, nor export functions? (Particularly bad when they don't allow wayback.) There are probably users every now and then who want to export their precious "content", there should be a script for them to export their stuff. Can always turn useful when Quora needs to be panic-grabbed.


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