Tom Dougherty, CEO – Stealing Share
21 August 2018
Quora gets online etiquette right
I have long found issue with online public discourse, namely with interactions on Twitter. It seems users can tweet anything outlandish (see: Alex Jones) and it’ll be hunky-dory. Most of the time. (I am pleased Twitter is beginning to roll up its sleeves and ban abusive users like Alex Jones.) Nonetheless, users like actress Ruby Rose shouldn’t have to suspend her account due to hostile tweets posted on her page. To me, you can’t put the genie back in the bottle. The abuse remains out there. All this is why I appreciate the online forum, Quora.
If you have never heard of Quora – such was the case with me until about a year ago – it’s an online discussion board where users can post a question on just about any topic. Other users, if they have the knowledge base, answer the questions. (You select your topics of interest when completing a user profile. Then, appropriate questions come your way.) Answers then are “up voted,” meaning they are user approved and move to the top of the queue of the answer responses.
“What makes Quora relevant to me is that it has nailed online etiquette.”
Nobody is mean to one another on Quora
For instance, “Who was the rudest celebrity you ever met” posts this morning. Following this, a user shared a first-hand experience with a rude celebrity. It’s a fascinating and kind experience. (Despite calling out a celebrity.)
What makes Quora relevant to me is that it has nailed online etiquette. Say you don’t like a response. All you need do is “down vote it.” Skip the personal attacks and chest puffing. I have never read a rebuttal to a comment that was virulent. Never once. And I visit the site daily.
I plead for other online discussion forums to embrace the protocol of Quora. More social media outlets should examine their own protocols without stifling free speech.
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