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Why Are Answers On Quora Collapsed?

I’m asked to answer this. There are already a boatload of answers, so I doubt I’m adding much to the discussion. But I’ll chime in with my 1½ cents (I’m underbidding the competition here, so take this for what it’s worth). Quora’s official answer (Quora's answer to Why are answers on Quora collapsed?) is the top answer to the question, but to be fair, it isn’t actually helpful—at least, point 3 thereof isn’t; it contains what I view as a significant misrepresentation to the effect that “editing” will save an answer. In fact, only very rarely will editing undo a collapsed answer. Duplicate answers (more than one answer on the same question page) are collapsed automagically, whether or not they say the same thing. The (only) way you can end up with duplicate answers is through merging of questions. Quora policy on merging is that “if all answers are equally applicable to both questions, they should be merged.” Or put another, simpler, way, if the two questions mean the same thing they should be merged. Now it turns out that whether two questions will actually mean the same thing might be in the eye of the answerer, and bad or even random merges are common o Continue reading >>

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  1. Robert Charles Lee

    I have no idea where or how the name Quora comes from. I don't even know what the name means. I've seen various explanations here and all of them are plausible. The one that seems most realistic to me is it's QUestion OR Answer.
    Update:- For pronunciation, I pronounce it as "kworra."
    Thanks for the A2A.

  2. Ian Atkin

    I can't say for sure because I haven't spoken with any of the people responsible for naming the site, but I do have a personal theory.
    Quora is a play on the word "quorum". That's a word with a very specific meaning: "the minimum number of members of an assembly or society that must be present at any of its meetings to make the proceedings of that meeting valid".
    If we take that word and consider "Quora", then it is probably intended to mean a vastly huge group of quorums, which is indicative of the global reach of the site. Of course, Quora doesn't have meetings in the usual sense, but I think you can see where I'm going with this.
    Charlie Cheever (one of the founders of Quora) had this to say...
    We both independently came up with pretty similar criteria for what we wanted:

    Something that probably was two syllables long
    Ideally something you could spell after hearing it
    A word that wasn't commonly used by anything else, so you could search for it easily and not get false positives
    Starts with an unusual letter
    Ideally something with double Os in it for good luck (Yahoo, Google, Facebook)

    Something that made sense for what we were working on
    Typically, because site "naming" is dependent on the Internet's domain naming rules, and each site has to have a unique name (and they're running out), websites are getting stranger and stranger names. It's just a fact of life. So, it's inevitable that sites will receive clever and unusual names, sometimes based on actual words.

    Additionally, since "quorum" is pronounced "kworum", I also insist on pronouncing the name of the site "kwora". I wonder how others say it.

  3. Vansh Shah

    So if you have any QUestion, come on QUora and/OR if you want to answer something , answer it on quorA.

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