Quora calls them policies, but they feel more like rules to me. My first two days on Quora were initially refreshing, different and then frustrating.Â I enjoyed searching subjects IÂ like company culture, core values, connecting, influence, and technology.Â I jumped right in where I felt I had value to add, just as I do anywhere else.Â The difference though is that on the second day it became clear that the administrators had a very distinct view of what those policies entailed.Â Â I was scolded right away by posting a reference to a very relevant blog post I had written. A user had asked what the community thought about using your own influence on social media to drive attention to a clients brand. Â That was not good etiquette I guess and I was accused of self-promoting.Â Then I added a note and a link to Michael Hyatt’s post exactly on the subject being asked about, should a CEO use Twitter.Â Later today I saw that my post had been “collapsed”.Â Curiously I went to go see what that meant.Â Quora writes that a comment will be collapsed for the following reasons:
There are three main reasons that an answer may be collapsed:
- It’s been downvoted significantly by users.
- It’s marked not helpful by users.
- It’s marked not helpful byÂ Quora Admins (seeÂ Why do Quora Admins mark an answer as Not Helpful?).
After adding more detail to my answer and spelling out why I thought it was relevant my CEO twitter answer was un-collapsed and was actually voted up.Â To clarify, Michael Hyatts’s link itself stated how-to-convince-your-boss-to-twitter.html. Its relevance seemed pretty obvious to me.
So what is my takeaway?Â I am not sold.Â It seemed like a great site with lots of valuable content.Â I am frustrated though due to the nature and application of so many rules (many unspoken or self discovered rules I would add).Â We have enough rules already in the world.Â I like the open nature of the web, especially on Twitter and Facebook.Â If I wanted to feel shamed for trying to answer questions in class, I would go back to middle school.
I am going to give Quora a few more days.Â Based on my two days though, I might be voting myself off the Island and deleting my account.
One last note: Â I also sent a question to my friend Chris Skaggs yesterday. A Quora user had asked how best to get their mobile app ideas published if they are not a developer. Â I get asked this question all the time. Â Chris who works with me at Soma Games and Code-monkeys obliged with a very good straight forward answer. Â I checked today and his answer, you guessed it, was “collapsed”.