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2 Reviews by Shawn

8/20/16

It took a long time to receive replies from the support (up to 9 days). They did not always reply to emails.

It is unclear about how the website works with no information about what others will see (you have to figure it out yourself) and every change needs to be approved (even changing information such as a birth date). This is not an issue for fields that are completely open (you can type whatever you want), but if the support takes more than a week to review changes there is no explanation for whether or not your profile is inactive until changes have been approved (presumably it is active with the unchanged content).

There is no explanation outside of emailing support for how the different social media types of options available work (befriend, fave, greeting, block, etc.).

I found that there were, in my opinion, a large number of profiles of people who had not logged in in years (you can only find this out after you have successfully posted an approved profile) and presumably were not interested any longer or had forgotten about their profile.

Despite being a paying member, there was no mediation or warnings before account deletion.

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10/27/14

Some of what Marvin P. Wrote in his review is true.

Specifically:

- Quora is not a serious Q&A site (sometimes it is).
- Quora does not support free speech.
- Non-liberal views are deemed offensive
- Sensitivity is more valued than the truth

I am not sure about some of his other statements. Many of my answers are firm in tone with strong language and controversial (at least for liberals), but although many were collapsed (probably by other liberals on Quora), I was not immediately punished by the administrators. I would not characterize the administrators as being especially suppressing of dissenting views. They are undoubtedably liberal, but I don't believe that they are as bad as Martin P. Describes. I will admit that I have not studied the answers of the admins nor had discussions with them, so I may not have the same knowledge that he does.

As far as the feminism that Martin P. Describes, I don't believe that it is as bad as he makes it out to be. Feminism is undoubtedably very well represented on Quora, but its proponents are not (at least according to what they say) man-hating.

That said, Quora is not a place to go to for truth. The "Be Nice, Be Respectful" rule is enforced with a view towards niceness and not respect. If you criticize certain groups badly enough, then you will be banned. Even if your interactions in replying to individual persons are respectful, your answers need to be both respectful and nice. In other words, your answers can't say anything that could hurt someone's feelings or, more especially, contradict their liberal beliefs.

If you are not a liberal and are interested in a thoughtful, scholarly discussion with others, then you will not like Quora.

If you are interested in the truth about anything that matters (such as the big questions), then you will not like Quora.

If you have dissenting non-liberal beliefs and are not afraid to share them, then you will eventually be banned (but before that, most of your non-liberal answers will be collapsed and you will get a lot of abuse from liberals).

If you believe that women are not the same as men and expect to obtain good information about differences between them from Quorans, you will be disappointed (so don't even ask). If you are so bold to suggest that the sexes (always genders on Quora) are different, you may get harassed and flamed.

From personal experience (and based on guesswork derived from the silent and punitive administrators) the "protected" classes (at least as far as the current administrators are concerned), which cannot be seriously criticized on Quora, in order of decreasing importance are:

1. Jews
2. Atheists
3. Protestants

And you will probably not receive any explicit warnings before you are banned.

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