Answer by Raakhee Venugopal:
Thank you for the A2A.
I think it definitely is, despite the fact that I am guilty of writing answers a lot more than reading 😀 I get asked to answer some very interesting questions and it is quite fascinating to read tangentially opposite views from other people about the same question. As many others said, it all depends on what you seek.
If it’s information you need that needs to be incorporated into a project, etc., it requires solid attributions. Then you will have to be careful about the people whose answers you choose to read. There are (thankfully) thorough experts on Quora who could be taken as the final word on their respective fields. When you have great people like Dr.and writing answers, you just don’t even go looking for ‘attributions’. No you don’t.
But there are a lot of people (and I mean a LOT) on Quora who write seemingly believable answers that are mostly driven by what they have personally comprehended about something. This may or may not be 100% true. In such cases, it’s always better to be on the safe side and either request for some bibliographical references based on which they have answered the question, or to get the real picture yourself.
If it’s general opinions about totally general stuff, smart anecdotes and simple life lessons, you have some really amazing Quora contributors that you’d want to look at. I chanced upon writers like, , and by sheer accident and I must say that reading their answers have been a truly enriching experience for me. They don’t even know me but they have unknowingly changed my perception of life itself in a major way. Was reading their answers productive? Yes, in a BIG albeit personal way.
The people I follow on Quora have been instrumental in making me pin my standards high. I religiously stay away from shallow individuals as I do not wish to bring in that kind of negativity into my life. If you wish to gain something productive from being on Quora, it’s vital that you know how to weed out the unwanted elements. And there are way too many on here, I tell you.
On the whole, Quora is a very enriching experience. Like an article somewhere on the internet rightly stated…