How do I get started using Quora

How do I get started using Quora?

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living: Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

Ola, fellow Quoran;
I have been here for 7 months so I have just passed that awed phase.
Still as an amatore Quoran, here are a few general pointers that I can provide:
Writing:
About the followers aspect, that happens when you follow the above steps for a long time.
Write good quality, fun, engaging answers and you are bound to get a lot of followers and upvotes.
It might take time, but it will definitely take place.
Do not stop delivering good quality content if a few hard worked answers of yours goes unappreciated.

Reading:
General:
Try to be the best Quoran you can be and you’ll be shocked at the number of friends you make here.
The community here is an excellent one and they are always appreciative of new members.

Here are some golden points which you can apply in order to become a celebrity on Quora:
1.
WRITE ANSWERS TO GOOD QUESTIONS:

It means that you need not to answer question like this:
Where i can get all girls?
How can i maintain 10 girlfriends at a time?
A girl, whom i know, is very ugly.
She considers herself very pretty and confident.
How can i give her a reality check?
And even if you want to answer these questions, answer them with a sign of protest and opposition and not in a supporting tone otherwise your image will get spoiled.
2.
REPLYING TO COMMENTS:

Now, this a very crucial part where you need to understand that aggression doesn’t work here on quora because Quora has a very bad habit of COLLAPSING ANSWERS !!!
Even if you are right in your intentions, your answer will get collapsed if you are rude to others because of downvoting.
So, what is the remedy for that??
If you don’t like a person’s comments on answers, just follow these steps:
1.
Downvote the comment.
2.
Report it.
3.
Block the person.
And, see the magic that happens !!!
3.
GRABBING ATTENTION:

This point is particularly important especially for the females.
You need to upload a catchy and a pretty profile pic on Quora if you want people to follow you instantly :p :p
4.
SOME FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM:

A.
Don’t overreact on something that you hate.
B.
Try not to answer every message that you get.
C.
Don’t upload many pics in answers of yourself (as it can be misused).
D.
Be a persistent writer.
You should write at least one or two answers daily.
It makes people notice you more.
E.
Never ever ask this type of question on Quora:
CAN/WILL YOU FOLLOW ME ON QUORA?
Upvote if you gained something from it.
PEACE :)
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

Optimise your feed, reward good answers and punish bad behaviour
Here are some thoughts
Regularly Unfollow Questions
There are some questions such as What corruption have you experienced in your life? that are continually providing fascinating insight.
There are other questions such as where the answers after a while aren't that interesting.
Would the world be a better place if men were obliged (legally or culturally) to have sex at least once a day?
Have a topic clear out every few months
Following Life and Living, Dating and Relationships and other topics can be a conscious choice or it may take you away from you passion for Virology, Startup Business Models or Ancient History.
Reviewing what you want to follow can lead to more interesting questions and answers.
Blocking and Muting
Some people answer hundreds of questions a day, keep on asking you to answer stuff, or spam upvote (from your viewpoint).
Blocking, muting, or unfollowing them can remove some of this noise and keep Quora being productive and interesting
Upvote Everything
If you read it and it makes sense, it's well argued, it makes you think or it provides education upvote it.
This helps the best answers rise to the tops – not just the most partisan or popular ones
Downvote crap
I'm a big fan of Downvoting.
Think of it as picking up litter in the street.
We all benefit and you don't have to get your hands dirty.
Does the answer make sense? Does it add value that hasn't already been expressed? Is it incoherent? Does it make personal attacks? I usually downvote the following:
Never downvote because you disagree
If you are an Atheist it is so tempting to bash the Christianity supporters, and lets not even get started on Republican Party (US politics) and Democratic Party (US politics) let alone Obamacare / Affordable Care Act.
Downvoting because you disagree stops people from reading the answer and that is Censorship and kills Freedom of Speech.
Follow people that you disagree with
I followed lots of people that I agreed with and my feed was so boring.
Follow the people who you really want to downvote (but don't because you've listened to me) and you will learn so much more – and like most learning its usually a bit uncomfortable.
Long Answers
Matthew Carroll's answer to Where can web startups learn about financial modeling that accounts for the important metrics and costs? was the reason why I started using Quora.
I spent weeks using that answer to solve a problem.
I've never done anything that good but I try.
So whilst I do lots of short answers I try to do at least a couple every week where my research takes a couple of hours.
Research Stuff you Don't know
This is an amazing way to learn.
Do it consistently and you learn very quickly.
A lot of the time the information is out there in bits and pieces.
Using Google Scholar is often useful in finding stuff.
About half my answers are about stuff that I only know a little about when I start and it is really worth it when you have a good answer.
Here's one Why did the gay scene of the Weimar Republic not reappear after WWII?
Promote and support quality answers
If there is something good out there promote it.
Vote it up.
Comment on it.
engage the discussion.
I read Anonymous's answer to What corruption have you experienced in your life? and it blew me away.
So I spent ALL my credits on promoting it.
I felt very poor but so proud as I saw how many upvotes that it got.
Do the same!
Be Contrarian
There are some topics on Quora where there is a preponderance of opinion on one side of the debate or the other.
Kawthar Abdullah is a lone voice arguing that Muslims and Islam is not defined by Terrorism.
There are many other contrarian opinions that should be and these voices add great levels of good quality debate and help us avoid Groupthink.
(Being pointlessly abusive or offensive doesn't count)
Be Original
It's hard sometimes – and really I like typing too much to know when to stop.
But try and bring something new and fresh into each answer and question.
Find another angle or aspect or viewpoint and avoid those me too answers.
If you have to do a me too answer – then put the effort in to make sure that it is the best me too answer.
Include citations in your answers and additional information links.
Ignore the number of votes an answer has
Some popular people get lots of votes because they have lots of followers.
Some people write amazing answers that never get seen.
Look behind the votes to the answers and try and find something better.
Help that little 5 vote answer catch up on the 1.
2k upvoted answer from 2011 that is now out of date.
Unfollow Popular Writers
Infact, unfollow everyone on a regular basis.
There is definitely an 80/20 rule at play in what you see in your feed.
Most of it will come from just a few writers.
Unless you are aware of this you don't know what you are missing.
Pressing reset every so often allows you to find new nuggets and new strands of thought to follow
Alec Maki's answer to What turns people off about Quora? captures much of this problem clearly.
Review the People you follow
When I first joined I followed loads of triathletes.
As far as I can tell only about 3 of the people I followed wrote answers that I found interesting or useful Sumi Kim and Joshua Engel (Quora user) were two.
The rest didn't enhance my Quora experience at all.
Notifications versus Following
Following provides a method to populate your feed and the people following you.
Consider it cross-promotion.
Notification provides a direct notice a writer you followed has posted new material.
These are the main things that I look at:
Summary
Together all these tips should help you to find more of what you find fascinating and make Quora a more wonderful place for you and everyone else.
Enjoy!
Updated October 2016

First, Welcome to our weird little world!
Second, as you've probably noticed we have a fairly strict Be Nice, Be Respectful policy here which is enforced both by bot and by human moderators.

More Here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Random note: I'm on the Aspergers Spectrum so if the following number system seems “odd” just know that Asshole Man has a different brain wiring scheme than you do.
It has it's own internal Aspie logic and if it makes perfect sense to you at first glance, or you find it highly entertaining, you could be an Aspie.
Check out What are the major policies and guidelines on Quora?
Third: As a personal hint (and something I wish I had known about) USE the blog feature initially by starting a blog of your own answers.
This tool will give you a way to easily track and find your older answers which may well become useful in future.
You can run more than one blog here.
(say, to share out Answers you think are particularly good.
)
*start shameless self-promotion*
Mine here: 5) We, most of us are absolute geeks of one form or another, and thus have a tender spot for our fellow geeks.
F) Find Questions which inspire you to learn, learn about the issues raised, and share your learning.
G) DIVE IN.
.
.
we generally don't bite (at least not hard) as long as you're reasonable, respectful (in other words, these discussions can get interesting; just don't make disagreements personal) and can back up your assertions with fact.
VIII) REMEMBER: This medium by which we communicate, by its very nature strips out at least 3 of the normal 5 communication tools which help us infer the proper (intended) meaning to the words of another.
In this medium you loose Tone of Voice, Facial Expression, and Body Language.
This means you are working at a handicap because you only have Sentence Structure and the Literal Meanings of the words used.
Never forget this fact.
.
Especially if someone says something which could be interpreted multiple ways.
It's REALLY EASY to "miss" the humor often intended in an apparently snarky comment.
Say with some of
Dan Holliday
s answers.
.
.
(sorry Dan!)
9) If you ask a Question be patient (especially with boards which have a low number of followers).
Also try to avoid using Questions which contain assumptions because these are snark magnets (we can't resist easy targets).
J) Up voting: Do it often if an Answer or a Question or a Comment resonates with you (makes you think).
It costs you nothing and it spreads joy.
11) Follow your nose and ENJOY!
XII) This is Quora, not Twatter, Book of Faces or Rudeit.
Rule 1: User-10012639097193986824's answer to What is your ideal Quora logo?

How do I get started using Quora?

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living: Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

Ola, fellow Quoran;
I have been here for 7 months so I have just passed that awed phase.
Still as an amatore Quoran, here are a few general pointers that I can provide:
Writing:
About the followers aspect, that happens when you follow the above steps for a long time.
Write good quality, fun, engaging answers and you are bound to get a lot of followers and upvotes.
It might take time, but it will definitely take place.
Do not stop delivering good quality content if a few hard worked answers of yours goes unappreciated.

Reading:
General:
Try to be the best Quoran you can be and you’ll be shocked at the number of friends you make here.
The community here is an excellent one and they are always appreciative of new members.

Here are some golden points which you can apply in order to become a celebrity on Quora:
1.
WRITE ANSWERS TO GOOD QUESTIONS:

It means that you need not to answer question like this:
Where i can get all girls?
How can i maintain 10 girlfriends at a time?
A girl, whom i know, is very ugly.
She considers herself very pretty and confident.
How can i give her a reality check?
And even if you want to answer these questions, answer them with a sign of protest and opposition and not in a supporting tone otherwise your image will get spoiled.
2.
REPLYING TO COMMENTS:

Now, this a very crucial part where you need to understand that aggression doesn’t work here on quora because Quora has a very bad habit of COLLAPSING ANSWERS !!!
Even if you are right in your intentions, your answer will get collapsed if you are rude to others because of downvoting.
So, what is the remedy for that??
If you don’t like a person’s comments on answers, just follow these steps:
1.
Downvote the comment.
2.
Report it.
3.
Block the person.
And, see the magic that happens !!!
3.
GRABBING ATTENTION:

This point is particularly important especially for the females.
You need to upload a catchy and a pretty profile pic on Quora if you want people to follow you instantly :p :p
4.
SOME FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM:

A.
Don’t overreact on something that you hate.
B.
Try not to answer every message that you get.
C.
Don’t upload many pics in answers of yourself (as it can be misused).
D.
Be a persistent writer.
You should write at least one or two answers daily.
It makes people notice you more.
E.
Never ever ask this type of question on Quora:
CAN/WILL YOU FOLLOW ME ON QUORA?
Upvote if you gained something from it.
PEACE :)
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

Optimise your feed, reward good answers and punish bad behaviour
Here are some thoughts
Regularly Unfollow Questions
There are some questions such as What corruption have you experienced in your life? that are continually providing fascinating insight.
There are other questions such as where the answers after a while aren't that interesting.
Would the world be a better place if men were obliged (legally or culturally) to have sex at least once a day?
Have a topic clear out every few months
Following Life and Living, Dating and Relationships and other topics can be a conscious choice or it may take you away from you passion for Virology, Startup Business Models or Ancient History.
Reviewing what you want to follow can lead to more interesting questions and answers.
Blocking and Muting
Some people answer hundreds of questions a day, keep on asking you to answer stuff, or spam upvote (from your viewpoint).
Blocking, muting, or unfollowing them can remove some of this noise and keep Quora being productive and interesting
Upvote Everything
If you read it and it makes sense, it's well argued, it makes you think or it provides education upvote it.
This helps the best answers rise to the tops – not just the most partisan or popular ones
Downvote crap
I'm a big fan of Downvoting.
Think of it as picking up litter in the street.
We all benefit and you don't have to get your hands dirty.
Does the answer make sense? Does it add value that hasn't already been expressed? Is it incoherent? Does it make personal attacks? I usually downvote the following:
Never downvote because you disagree
If you are an Atheist it is so tempting to bash the Christianity supporters, and lets not even get started on Republican Party (US politics) and Democratic Party (US politics) let alone Obamacare / Affordable Care Act.
Downvoting because you disagree stops people from reading the answer and that is Censorship and kills Freedom of Speech.
Follow people that you disagree with
I followed lots of people that I agreed with and my feed was so boring.
Follow the people who you really want to downvote (but don't because you've listened to me) and you will learn so much more – and like most learning its usually a bit uncomfortable.
Long Answers
Matthew Carroll's answer to Where can web startups learn about financial modeling that accounts for the important metrics and costs? was the reason why I started using Quora.
I spent weeks using that answer to solve a problem.
I've never done anything that good but I try.
So whilst I do lots of short answers I try to do at least a couple every week where my research takes a couple of hours.
Research Stuff you Don't know
This is an amazing way to learn.
Do it consistently and you learn very quickly.
A lot of the time the information is out there in bits and pieces.
Using Google Scholar is often useful in finding stuff.
About half my answers are about stuff that I only know a little about when I start and it is really worth it when you have a good answer.
Here's one Why did the gay scene of the Weimar Republic not reappear after WWII?
Promote and support quality answers
If there is something good out there promote it.
Vote it up.
Comment on it.
engage the discussion.
I read Anonymous's answer to What corruption have you experienced in your life? and it blew me away.
So I spent ALL my credits on promoting it.
I felt very poor but so proud as I saw how many upvotes that it got.
Do the same!
Be Contrarian
There are some topics on Quora where there is a preponderance of opinion on one side of the debate or the other.
Kawthar Abdullah is a lone voice arguing that Muslims and Islam is not defined by Terrorism.
There are many other contrarian opinions that should be and these voices add great levels of good quality debate and help us avoid Groupthink.
(Being pointlessly abusive or offensive doesn't count)
Be Original
It's hard sometimes – and really I like typing too much to know when to stop.
But try and bring something new and fresh into each answer and question.
Find another angle or aspect or viewpoint and avoid those me too answers.
If you have to do a me too answer – then put the effort in to make sure that it is the best me too answer.
Include citations in your answers and additional information links.
Ignore the number of votes an answer has
Some popular people get lots of votes because they have lots of followers.
Some people write amazing answers that never get seen.
Look behind the votes to the answers and try and find something better.
Help that little 5 vote answer catch up on the 1.
2k upvoted answer from 2011 that is now out of date.
Unfollow Popular Writers
Infact, unfollow everyone on a regular basis.
There is definitely an 80/20 rule at play in what you see in your feed.
Most of it will come from just a few writers.
Unless you are aware of this you don't know what you are missing.
Pressing reset every so often allows you to find new nuggets and new strands of thought to follow
Alec Maki's answer to What turns people off about Quora? captures much of this problem clearly.
Review the People you follow
When I first joined I followed loads of triathletes.
As far as I can tell only about 3 of the people I followed wrote answers that I found interesting or useful Sumi Kim and Joshua Engel (Quora user) were two.
The rest didn't enhance my Quora experience at all.
Notifications versus Following
Following provides a method to populate your feed and the people following you.
Consider it cross-promotion.
Notification provides a direct notice a writer you followed has posted new material.
These are the main things that I look at:
Summary
Together all these tips should help you to find more of what you find fascinating and make Quora a more wonderful place for you and everyone else.
Enjoy!
Updated October 2016

How do I get started using Quora?

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living: Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

Ola, fellow Quoran;
I have been here for 7 months so I have just passed that awed phase.
Still as an amatore Quoran, here are a few general pointers that I can provide:
Writing:
About the followers aspect, that happens when you follow the above steps for a long time.
Write good quality, fun, engaging answers and you are bound to get a lot of followers and upvotes.
It might take time, but it will definitely take place.
Do not stop delivering good quality content if a few hard worked answers of yours goes unappreciated.

Reading:
General:
Try to be the best Quoran you can be and you’ll be shocked at the number of friends you make here.
The community here is an excellent one and they are always appreciative of new members.

Here are some golden points which you can apply in order to become a celebrity on Quora:
1.
WRITE ANSWERS TO GOOD QUESTIONS:

It means that you need not to answer question like this:
Where i can get all girls?
How can i maintain 10 girlfriends at a time?
A girl, whom i know, is very ugly.
She considers herself very pretty and confident.
How can i give her a reality check?
And even if you want to answer these questions, answer them with a sign of protest and opposition and not in a supporting tone otherwise your image will get spoiled.
2.
REPLYING TO COMMENTS:

Now, this a very crucial part where you need to understand that aggression doesn’t work here on quora because Quora has a very bad habit of COLLAPSING ANSWERS !!!
Even if you are right in your intentions, your answer will get collapsed if you are rude to others because of downvoting.
So, what is the remedy for that??
If you don’t like a person’s comments on answers, just follow these steps:
1.
Downvote the comment.
2.
Report it.
3.
Block the person.
And, see the magic that happens !!!
3.
GRABBING ATTENTION:

This point is particularly important especially for the females.
You need to upload a catchy and a pretty profile pic on Quora if you want people to follow you instantly :p :p
4.
SOME FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM:

A.
Don’t overreact on something that you hate.
B.
Try not to answer every message that you get.
C.
Don’t upload many pics in answers of yourself (as it can be misused).
D.
Be a persistent writer.
You should write at least one or two answers daily.
It makes people notice you more.
E.
Never ever ask this type of question on Quora:
CAN/WILL YOU FOLLOW ME ON QUORA?
Upvote if you gained something from it.
PEACE :)
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

Optimise your feed, reward good answers and punish bad behaviour
Here are some thoughts
Regularly Unfollow Questions
There are some questions such as What corruption have you experienced in your life? that are continually providing fascinating insight.
There are other questions such as where the answers after a while aren't that interesting.
Would the world be a better place if men were obliged (legally or culturally) to have sex at least once a day?
Have a topic clear out every few months
Following Life and Living, Dating and Relationships and other topics can be a conscious choice or it may take you away from you passion for Virology, Startup Business Models or Ancient History.
Reviewing what you want to follow can lead to more interesting questions and answers.
Blocking and Muting
Some people answer hundreds of questions a day, keep on asking you to answer stuff, or spam upvote (from your viewpoint).
Blocking, muting, or unfollowing them can remove some of this noise and keep Quora being productive and interesting
Upvote Everything
If you read it and it makes sense, it's well argued, it makes you think or it provides education upvote it.
This helps the best answers rise to the tops – not just the most partisan or popular ones
Downvote crap
I'm a big fan of Downvoting.
Think of it as picking up litter in the street.
We all benefit and you don't have to get your hands dirty.
Does the answer make sense? Does it add value that hasn't already been expressed? Is it incoherent? Does it make personal attacks? I usually downvote the following:
Never downvote because you disagree
If you are an Atheist it is so tempting to bash the Christianity supporters, and lets not even get started on Republican Party (US politics) and Democratic Party (US politics) let alone Obamacare / Affordable Care Act.
Downvoting because you disagree stops people from reading the answer and that is Censorship and kills Freedom of Speech.
Follow people that you disagree with
I followed lots of people that I agreed with and my feed was so boring.
Follow the people who you really want to downvote (but don't because you've listened to me) and you will learn so much more – and like most learning its usually a bit uncomfortable.
Long Answers
Matthew Carroll's answer to Where can web startups learn about financial modeling that accounts for the important metrics and costs? was the reason why I started using Quora.
I spent weeks using that answer to solve a problem.
I've never done anything that good but I try.
So whilst I do lots of short answers I try to do at least a couple every week where my research takes a couple of hours.
Research Stuff you Don't know
This is an amazing way to learn.
Do it consistently and you learn very quickly.
A lot of the time the information is out there in bits and pieces.
Using Google Scholar is often useful in finding stuff.
About half my answers are about stuff that I only know a little about when I start and it is really worth it when you have a good answer.
Here's one Why did the gay scene of the Weimar Republic not reappear after WWII?
Promote and support quality answers
If there is something good out there promote it.
Vote it up.
Comment on it.
engage the discussion.
I read Anonymous's answer to What corruption have you experienced in your life? and it blew me away.
So I spent ALL my credits on promoting it.
I felt very poor but so proud as I saw how many upvotes that it got.
Do the same!
Be Contrarian
There are some topics on Quora where there is a preponderance of opinion on one side of the debate or the other.
Kawthar Abdullah is a lone voice arguing that Muslims and Islam is not defined by Terrorism.
There are many other contrarian opinions that should be and these voices add great levels of good quality debate and help us avoid Groupthink.
(Being pointlessly abusive or offensive doesn't count)
Be Original
It's hard sometimes – and really I like typing too much to know when to stop.
But try and bring something new and fresh into each answer and question.
Find another angle or aspect or viewpoint and avoid those me too answers.
If you have to do a me too answer – then put the effort in to make sure that it is the best me too answer.
Include citations in your answers and additional information links.
Ignore the number of votes an answer has
Some popular people get lots of votes because they have lots of followers.
Some people write amazing answers that never get seen.
Look behind the votes to the answers and try and find something better.
Help that little 5 vote answer catch up on the 1.
2k upvoted answer from 2011 that is now out of date.
Unfollow Popular Writers
Infact, unfollow everyone on a regular basis.
There is definitely an 80/20 rule at play in what you see in your feed.
Most of it will come from just a few writers.
Unless you are aware of this you don't know what you are missing.
Pressing reset every so often allows you to find new nuggets and new strands of thought to follow
Alec Maki's answer to What turns people off about Quora? captures much of this problem clearly.
Review the People you follow
When I first joined I followed loads of triathletes.
As far as I can tell only about 3 of the people I followed wrote answers that I found interesting or useful Sumi Kim and Joshua Engel (Quora user) were two.
The rest didn't enhance my Quora experience at all.
Notifications versus Following
Following provides a method to populate your feed and the people following you.
Consider it cross-promotion.
Notification provides a direct notice a writer you followed has posted new material.
These are the main things that I look at:
Summary
Together all these tips should help you to find more of what you find fascinating and make Quora a more wonderful place for you and everyone else.
Enjoy!
Updated October 2016

First, Welcome to our weird little world!
Second, as you've probably noticed we have a fairly strict Be Nice, Be Respectful policy here which is enforced both by bot and by human moderators.

More Here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Random note: I'm on the Aspergers Spectrum so if the following number system seems “odd” just know that Asshole Man has a different brain wiring scheme than you do.
It has it's own internal Aspie logic and if it makes perfect sense to you at first glance, or you find it highly entertaining, you could be an Aspie.
Check out What are the major policies and guidelines on Quora?
Third: As a personal hint (and something I wish I had known about) USE the blog feature initially by starting a blog of your own answers.
This tool will give you a way to easily track and find your older answers which may well become useful in future.
You can run more than one blog here.
(say, to share out Answers you think are particularly good.
)
*start shameless self-promotion*
Mine here: 5) We, most of us are absolute geeks of one form or another, and thus have a tender spot for our fellow geeks.
F) Find Questions which inspire you to learn, learn about the issues raised, and share your learning.
G) DIVE IN.
.
.
we generally don't bite (at least not hard) as long as you're reasonable, respectful (in other words, these discussions can get interesting; just don't make disagreements personal) and can back up your assertions with fact.
VIII) REMEMBER: This medium by which we communicate, by its very nature strips out at least 3 of the normal 5 communication tools which help us infer the proper (intended) meaning to the words of another.
In this medium you loose Tone of Voice, Facial Expression, and Body Language.
This means you are working at a handicap because you only have Sentence Structure and the Literal Meanings of the words used.
Never forget this fact.
.
Especially if someone says something which could be interpreted multiple ways.
It's REALLY EASY to "miss" the humor often intended in an apparently snarky comment.
Say with some of
Dan Holliday
s answers.
.
.
(sorry Dan!)
9) If you ask a Question be patient (especially with boards which have a low number of followers).
Also try to avoid using Questions which contain assumptions because these are snark magnets (we can't resist easy targets).
J) Up voting: Do it often if an Answer or a Question or a Comment resonates with you (makes you think).
It costs you nothing and it spreads joy.
11) Follow your nose and ENJOY!
XII) This is Quora, not Twatter, Book of Faces or Rudeit.
Rule 1: User-10012639097193986824's answer to What is your ideal Quora logo?

Bewilderment when starting something new is common.
Here, especially.
I was completely, totally bewildered when I began on Quora in March 2011.
I begged everybody who responded to me in any way to teach me something or other.
This was before we had Using Quora as a topic to follow.
And before we had Quora Policies and Guidelines.
The key is to be patient and slow down before jumping into the water.
See Welcome to Quora.
Do Yourself a Favor & Slow Down.
by Lucretia M Pruitt on Posts
.
I did a lot of reading of questions and answers about how to use Quora, performed a lot of research going from question to answer to question again, and asked a zillion questions about how to use Quora.
I still feel none of it is completely or satisfyingly sufficient, and that the on-boarding process is still too time-consuming and difficult.
If you learn best by watching others and want to see how someone uses Quora, and are near UCLA in West Los Angeles, we can meet at a local cafe and I will show you what it is I do.
I think every user is unique, and once you understand where things go (Questions, Answers, Comments to Questions, Comments to Answers; and blogs) and how and why to up-vote and down-vote; how to follow and unfollow, and how to adjust your home feed — you'll be using Quora in your own way.
The more value you add to the mission, the more you will enjoy being here.
I learned there is a welcoming community on Quora which responds well to the policies of What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy? and general Quora Etiquette.
Most of us work hard to support the mission of sharing and growing the world's knowledge.
This means we contribute when we add value, and only then.
See: Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

Ola, fellow Quoran;
I have been here for 7 months so I have just passed that awed phase.
Still as an amatore Quoran, here are a few general pointers that I can provide:
Writing:
About the followers aspect, that happens when you follow the above steps for a long time.
Write good quality, fun, engaging answers and you are bound to get a lot of followers and upvotes.
It might take time, but it will definitely take place.
Do not stop delivering good quality content if a few hard worked answers of yours goes unappreciated.

Reading:
General:
Try to be the best Quoran you can be and you’ll be shocked at the number of friends you make here.
The community here is an excellent one and they are always appreciative of new members.

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living:
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote
this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

First, Welcome to our weird little world!
Second, as you've probably noticed we have a fairly strict Be Nice, Be Respectful policy here which is enforced both by bot and by human moderators.

More Here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Random note: I'm on the Aspergers Spectrum so if the following number system seems “odd” just know that Asshole Man has a different brain wiring scheme than you do.
It has it's own internal Aspie logic and if it makes perfect sense to you at first glance, or you find it highly entertaining, you could be an Aspie.
Check out What are the major policies and guidelines on Quora?
Third: As a personal hint (and something I wish I had known about) USE the blog feature initially by starting a blog of your own answers.
This tool will give you a way to easily track and find your older answers which may well become useful in future.
You can run more than one blog here.
(say, to share out Answers you think are particularly good.
)
*start shameless self-promotion*
Mine here: 5) We, most of us are absolute geeks of one form or another, and thus have a tender spot for our fellow geeks.
F) Find Questions which inspire you to learn, learn about the issues raised, and share your learning.
G) DIVE IN.
.
.
we generally don't bite (at least not hard) as long as you're reasonable, respectful (in other words, these discussions can get interesting; just don't make disagreements personal) and can back up your assertions with fact.
VIII) REMEMBER: This medium by which we communicate, by its very nature strips out at least 3 of the normal 5 communication tools which help us infer the proper (intended) meaning to the words of another.
In this medium you loose Tone of Voice, Facial Expression, and Body Language.
This means you are working at a handicap because you only have Sentence Structure and the Literal Meanings of the words used.
Never forget this fact.
.
Especially if someone says something which could be interpreted multiple ways.
It's REALLY EASY to "miss" the humor often intended in an apparently snarky comment.
Say with some of
Dan Holliday
s answers.
.
.
(sorry Dan!)
9) If you ask a Question be patient (especially with boards which have a low number of followers).
Also try to avoid using Questions which contain assumptions because these are snark magnets (we can't resist easy targets).
J) Up voting: Do it often if an Answer or a Question or a Comment resonates with you (makes you think).
It costs you nothing and it spreads joy.
11) Follow your nose and ENJOY!
XII) This is Quora, not Twatter, Book of Faces or Rudeit.
Rule 1: User-10012639097193986824's answer to What is your ideal Quora logo?

Bewilderment when starting something new is common.
Here, especially.
I was completely, totally bewildered when I began on Quora in March 2011.
I begged everybody who responded to me in any way to teach me something or other.
This was before we had Using Quora as a topic to follow.
And before we had Quora Policies and Guidelines.
The key is to be patient and slow down before jumping into the water.
See Welcome to Quora.
Do Yourself a Favor & Slow Down.
by Lucretia M Pruitt on Posts
.
I did a lot of reading of questions and answers about how to use Quora, performed a lot of research going from question to answer to question again, and asked a zillion questions about how to use Quora.
I still feel none of it is completely or satisfyingly sufficient, and that the on-boarding process is still too time-consuming and difficult.
If you learn best by watching others and want to see how someone uses Quora, and are near UCLA in West Los Angeles, we can meet at a local cafe and I will show you what it is I do.
I think every user is unique, and once you understand where things go (Questions, Answers, Comments to Questions, Comments to Answers; and blogs) and how and why to up-vote and down-vote; how to follow and unfollow, and how to adjust your home feed — you'll be using Quora in your own way.
The more value you add to the mission, the more you will enjoy being here.
I learned there is a welcoming community on Quora which responds well to the policies of What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy? and general Quora Etiquette.
Most of us work hard to support the mission of sharing and growing the world's knowledge.
This means we contribute when we add value, and only then.
See: Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living:
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote
this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

First, Welcome to our weird little world!
Second, as you've probably noticed we have a fairly strict Be Nice, Be Respectful policy here which is enforced both by bot and by human moderators.

More Here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Random note: I'm on the Aspergers Spectrum so if the following number system seems “odd” just know that Asshole Man has a different brain wiring scheme than you do.
It has it's own internal Aspie logic and if it makes perfect sense to you at first glance, or you find it highly entertaining, you could be an Aspie.
Check out What are the major policies and guidelines on Quora?
Third: As a personal hint (and something I wish I had known about) USE the blog feature initially by starting a blog of your own answers.
This tool will give you a way to easily track and find your older answers which may well become useful in future.
You can run more than one blog here.
(say, to share out Answers you think are particularly good.
)
*start shameless self-promotion*
Mine here: 5) We, most of us are absolute geeks of one form or another, and thus have a tender spot for our fellow geeks.
F) Find Questions which inspire you to learn, learn about the issues raised, and share your learning.
G) DIVE IN.
.
.
we generally don't bite (at least not hard) as long as you're reasonable, respectful (in other words, these discussions can get interesting; just don't make disagreements personal) and can back up your assertions with fact.
VIII) REMEMBER: This medium by which we communicate, by its very nature strips out at least 3 of the normal 5 communication tools which help us infer the proper (intended) meaning to the words of another.
In this medium you loose Tone of Voice, Facial Expression, and Body Language.
This means you are working at a handicap because you only have Sentence Structure and the Literal Meanings of the words used.
Never forget this fact.
.
Especially if someone says something which could be interpreted multiple ways.
It's REALLY EASY to "miss" the humor often intended in an apparently snarky comment.
Say with some of
Dan Holliday
s answers.
.
.
(sorry Dan!)
9) If you ask a Question be patient (especially with boards which have a low number of followers).
Also try to avoid using Questions which contain assumptions because these are snark magnets (we can't resist easy targets).
J) Up voting: Do it often if an Answer or a Question or a Comment resonates with you (makes you think).
It costs you nothing and it spreads joy.
11) Follow your nose and ENJOY!
XII) This is Quora, not Twatter, Book of Faces or Rudeit.
Rule 1: User-10012639097193986824's answer to What is your ideal Quora logo?

Bewilderment when starting something new is common.
Here, especially.
I was completely, totally bewildered when I began on Quora in March 2011.
I begged everybody who responded to me in any way to teach me something or other.
This was before we had Using Quora as a topic to follow.
And before we had Quora Policies and Guidelines.
The key is to be patient and slow down before jumping into the water.
See Welcome to Quora.
Do Yourself a Favor & Slow Down.
by Lucretia M Pruitt on Posts
.
I did a lot of reading of questions and answers about how to use Quora, performed a lot of research going from question to answer to question again, and asked a zillion questions about how to use Quora.
I still feel none of it is completely or satisfyingly sufficient, and that the on-boarding process is still too time-consuming and difficult.
If you learn best by watching others and want to see how someone uses Quora, and are near UCLA in West Los Angeles, we can meet at a local cafe and I will show you what it is I do.
I think every user is unique, and once you understand where things go (Questions, Answers, Comments to Questions, Comments to Answers; and blogs) and how and why to up-vote and down-vote; how to follow and unfollow, and how to adjust your home feed — you'll be using Quora in your own way.
The more value you add to the mission, the more you will enjoy being here.
I learned there is a welcoming community on Quora which responds well to the policies of What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy? and general Quora Etiquette.
Most of us work hard to support the mission of sharing and growing the world's knowledge.
This means we contribute when we add value, and only then.
See: Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living:
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote
this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

First, Welcome to our weird little world!
Second, as you've probably noticed we have a fairly strict Be Nice, Be Respectful policy here which is enforced both by bot and by human moderators.

More Here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Random note: I'm on the Aspergers Spectrum so if the following number system seems “odd” just know that Asshole Man has a different brain wiring scheme than you do.
It has it's own internal Aspie logic and if it makes perfect sense to you at first glance, or you find it highly entertaining, you could be an Aspie.
Check out What are the major policies and guidelines on Quora?
Third: As a personal hint (and something I wish I had known about) USE the blog feature initially by starting a blog of your own answers.
This tool will give you a way to easily track and find your older answers which may well become useful in future.
You can run more than one blog here.
(say, to share out Answers you think are particularly good.
)
*start shameless self-promotion*
Mine here: 5) We, most of us are absolute geeks of one form or another, and thus have a tender spot for our fellow geeks.
F) Find Questions which inspire you to learn, learn about the issues raised, and share your learning.
G) DIVE IN.
.
.
we generally don't bite (at least not hard) as long as you're reasonable, respectful (in other words, these discussions can get interesting; just don't make disagreements personal) and can back up your assertions with fact.
VIII) REMEMBER: This medium by which we communicate, by its very nature strips out at least 3 of the normal 5 communication tools which help us infer the proper (intended) meaning to the words of another.
In this medium you loose Tone of Voice, Facial Expression, and Body Language.
This means you are working at a handicap because you only have Sentence Structure and the Literal Meanings of the words used.
Never forget this fact.
.
Especially if someone says something which could be interpreted multiple ways.
It's REALLY EASY to "miss" the humor often intended in an apparently snarky comment.
Say with some of
Dan Holliday
s answers.
.
.
(sorry Dan!)
9) If you ask a Question be patient (especially with boards which have a low number of followers).
Also try to avoid using Questions which contain assumptions because these are snark magnets (we can't resist easy targets).
J) Up voting: Do it often if an Answer or a Question or a Comment resonates with you (makes you think).
It costs you nothing and it spreads joy.
11) Follow your nose and ENJOY!
XII) This is Quora, not Twatter, Book of Faces or Rudeit.
Rule 1: User-10012639097193986824's answer to What is your ideal Quora logo?

Bewilderment when starting something new is common.
Here, especially.
I was completely, totally bewildered when I began on Quora in March 2011.
I begged everybody who responded to me in any way to teach me something or other.
This was before we had Using Quora as a topic to follow.
And before we had Quora Policies and Guidelines.
The key is to be patient and slow down before jumping into the water.
See Welcome to Quora.
Do Yourself a Favor & Slow Down.
by Lucretia M Pruitt on Posts
.
I did a lot of reading of questions and answers about how to use Quora, performed a lot of research going from question to answer to question again, and asked a zillion questions about how to use Quora.
I still feel none of it is completely or satisfyingly sufficient, and that the on-boarding process is still too time-consuming and difficult.
If you learn best by watching others and want to see how someone uses Quora, and are near UCLA in West Los Angeles, we can meet at a local cafe and I will show you what it is I do.
I think every user is unique, and once you understand where things go (Questions, Answers, Comments to Questions, Comments to Answers; and blogs) and how and why to up-vote and down-vote; how to follow and unfollow, and how to adjust your home feed — you'll be using Quora in your own way.
The more value you add to the mission, the more you will enjoy being here.
I learned there is a welcoming community on Quora which responds well to the policies of What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy? and general Quora Etiquette.
Most of us work hard to support the mission of sharing and growing the world's knowledge.
This means we contribute when we add value, and only then.
See: Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

Be Nice Be Respectful
Or, as I personally prefer to put it: be respectful, stay nice.

Respectful
Value the time of the others.

Make your writing easy and pleasant to read.
Whenever possible, keep it short.
If it requires long, make it itemized.

Break down by sections if necessary.

Insert relevant images and videos so that your readers don't have to go anywhere else
Contribute
Do research before posting questions, answers and comments.
Only A2A people who you believe would make a contribution to the world by answering your question.
Accept that Quora is about knowledge and long-term usefulness
It is OK to use Quora as a help with your job or homework.
As long as you put it in a way that engages with other people.
If the answer you are looking for would only interest you, ask yourself: are you a contributor or a parasite?
Be open and willing to adjust / accommodate / learn / grow
Quote encourages collaboration for a reason.
Best way to be on Quora it to keep an open mind, leave your ego at the door and let it flow.
Quora is different.

There is room for people who prefer recreational reading.

There is room for people who prefer explicit answers.

There is room for people who like answering questions or improving existing answers.

There is room for people who like asking questions.

There is room for people who enjoy being anonymous.

There is room for people who like to ask the community for fact checking.

There is room for people who like conducting / taking part in surveys.

There is room for people who like humor.

There is room for people who like ranting.

There is room for people who like to ask or provide feedback or criticism.

There is room for people who are looking for like-minded ones, professionally and personally.
As Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living:
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote
this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

How do I get started using Quora?

Based on the few years I spent as a Quora moderator (2012-5), I've put together a list that aims to help prevent the most common pitfalls that new users experience.
I also sought some input from other moderators and Top Writers, but it is my personal advice only, not official advice from Quora.
Or read it right here on Quora:
Real name policy
First things first! Quora has a real name policy.
If you are not using your real name, you may get a name change request, and you may be blocked from using the site until you have verified your identity.
For more information, see Do I have to use my real name on Quora? What is Quora's ‘real names’ policy?
Quora’s two key policies
The two principles underlying all specific policies are:
See What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Improve the page by providing a helpful answer
Certain types of answers – such as joke answers, and memes – are prohibited on Quora.
But underlying each is the core philosophy that answers should make a question page a better source of information than it was before the answer was added.
Follow this rule and you’re unlikely to go wrong.
Any variant of “I don’t know what I’d do, but that is a tricky situation!”, “What a dumb question”, or riffing on the topic without answering the specific question asked, is likely to get your answer collapsed.
Read the question carefully to determine what information it’s actually seeking.
Be nice, be respectful
Quora has very different standards to much of the rest of the internet.
A key aspect of that is Quora’s “be nice, be respectful” policy, which is frequently abbreviated as BNBR.
You can read it here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Note particularly that retaliating to perceived violations of BNBR by other users, is itself a violation.
Report for moderation to deal with it.
(See What is Quora's policy on community control of questions? Can anyone edit a question on Quora?
Who moderates the site?
Quora has employee moderation.

See How are moderation and policy decisions made on Quora?
Any other user can edit question titles, question details, and answer wikis, and suggest edits to answers.
Joke answer policy
Answers that are helpful and happen to be amusing are allowed; answers that are merely an attempt to be funny but don’t provide any assistance to somebody genuinely wanting the answer to the question are not.
See What is Quora's policy on humorous answers/reviews?
Images policy
Quora is primarily a text-based site.
Images are allowed, but only where they make the page more useful.
Memes are prohibited except on questions specifically asking for memes.
See What is Quora's policy on adding images and videos to answers?
Spam
Just don’t!
See How does Quora define spam? What are the consequences of spamming on Quora?
Other topics that may be of interest
The anonymity function: How can I anonymously add content on Quora?
Marking answers “not for reproduction” How can I tag my Quora content as "not for reproduction"?
Preventing your answers being indexed by search engines What does toggling "allow search engines to index your name" under the privacy settings do?
How your Quora content can be re-used elsewhere How can material on Quora be reused elsewhere? What are the licensing terms? What about in the case where a user has selected the "not for reproduction" option?
Welcome to Quora!
That should be enough to get started.
Quora has a strong and very helpful community.
If there’s anything you’re unsure about, search to see if it’s already been asked on Quora.
(Often, it will have been.
)
Alternatively, most Top Writers have been around long enough to “know the ropes”, and may be willing to assist you if asked.
http://www.
quora.
com/Who-are-the-top-writers-on-Quora

Also: What are Quora's unspoken values and points of etiquette?

Be Nice Be Respectful
Or, as I personally prefer to put it: be respectful, stay nice.

Respectful
Value the time of the others.

Make your writing easy and pleasant to read.
Whenever possible, keep it short.
If it requires long, make it itemized.

Break down by sections if necessary.

Insert relevant images and videos so that your readers don't have to go anywhere else
Contribute
Do research before posting questions, answers and comments.
Only A2A people who you believe would make a contribution to the world by answering your question.
Accept that Quora is about knowledge and long-term usefulness
It is OK to use Quora as a help with your job or homework.
As long as you put it in a way that engages with other people.
If the answer you are looking for would only interest you, ask yourself: are you a contributor or a parasite?
Be open and willing to adjust / accommodate / learn / grow
Quote encourages collaboration for a reason.
Best way to be on Quora it to keep an open mind, leave your ego at the door and let it flow.
Quora is different.

There is room for people who prefer recreational reading.

There is room for people who prefer explicit answers.

There is room for people who like answering questions or improving existing answers.

There is room for people who like asking questions.

There is room for people who enjoy being anonymous.

There is room for people who like to ask the community for fact checking.

There is room for people who like conducting / taking part in surveys.

There is room for people who like humor.

There is room for people who like ranting.

There is room for people who like to ask or provide feedback or criticism.

There is room for people who are looking for like-minded ones, professionally and personally.
As Bryce says, don't set expectations.
Let it flow.
Allow Quora find a way to fit your interests and it would likely will.

Nice
Disclaimer: I personally strongly favor clarity and precision over likability and easy-going.
Take my advice with a grain of salt.

Keep in mind that on Quora you are contributing to a large universe of knowledge.
Growing this universe is something we all do together.
Making it enjoyable is, therefore, one of our major goals.
Every time someone with interesting opinions and thoughts to share leaves Quora, we lose.
That said:
Upvote!
Share and promote what you like.
Use the "Thank" feature more.
Little things matter.
Engage!
Comment and follow.
A dialogue is always better than just sending the word out.
Suggest edits!
Don't be shy to add question topics.
And to edit answer wiki.
Being nice in this aspect greatly complements being respectful.
Provide feedback!
Upvote is nice.

Thank feels better.

A "great read!" comment is awesome.

A carefully addressed comment or a little question on a small yet important detail you have found interesting is terrific, as long as you are being respectful.
Be fun!
There is room for humor and jokes.
Use it.
As always, I welcome comments and suggestions.
Would likely revisit this answer for a few times.
Thanks dima.
Peace !!!!!!

You have already started using quora by posting this question.
Yes! Of course this is the way to use quora.
Even the name QUORA is very technically given by the makers.
That is you can either ask questions or give answers to the questions asked by other users.
Besides these Quora provides some extra interesting features to it's users which I have mentioned below.
You can go through them and Quora will become very familiar to you.
I think these will be sufficient.
Hope this will help you.
Good bye.
Have a good day.

I've been using Quora for several years.
Before I started, I had priors of Yahoo Answers, Google Answers and also Wikipedia, of course.
I didn't have a reason to think much of Quora at the time.
So this is how I got started:
1.
First, I was a casual consumer/reader

I would occasionally read answers on my topics of interest viz.
Technology, Investing and such.
Impressed with quality of many answers, I followed more topics, mostly adjacent to my interests.

2.
Then, I was a voracious consumer

I started following a number of topics, and a number of people.
I discovered experts, I discovered amazing writing, and I discovered gems of answers in the most unexpected places.
3.
Then I asked a couple of questions and received good answers

Brilliant.
Nowhere else, could I have grabbed the attention of an intellectual audience for very specific and niche questions that were important to me.
4.
Then I answered some questions

I started answering questions about doing well in technical interviewing, which is my passion and my living:
RIDDHI

Once upon a time, a kid was browsing in the place the world goes looking for answers, and he stumbled upon this great website.
The round red Q, the way the red search bar looked at him, the happy question, everything screamed one word – love.
He was mesmerized.
It was love at first sight.
Not really.
I started Quora around Mid-late 2014, must have found it while searching for something.
It took me a couple of encounters to decide whether I should sign up.
I used Yahoo! Answers a lot, so I wasn’t new to the QnA platform.
I wrote an answer or two then went blank; came back after a couple of months then wrote a few two-liners.
Mind you, I was an ardent user by now, although I wrote a small number of answers, I was browsing Quora everyday.
Then I joined the Harry Potter Quorans.
About a dozen answers later, my first answer got viral.
I wrote
this answer on 22nd September 2015, and it got semi-viral.
I have to admit, I slightly copied another answer, but managed to get more views.
At 10.
5k views and 244 upvotes, it was my highest answer for an year (It’s currently my 6th most viewed answer).
Just six days later, I wrote another semi-viral.
This one got sent to 100,000 people on Quora Digest, and you could say that I got pretty hooked up at that time.
I started using impeccable grammar, improved things, customized my profile, etc.
All this happened over 6 days.
I suddenly quit small answers.
Each and every answer of mine had to be at least three-to-five lines, with proper grammar (I wasn't incapable of writing good, I've been a wikia editor with 3000+ edits since I was 12).
Pictured: An old Quora screenshot, featuring the Quora Digest notification I was talking about.
Also featured: The old Quora app UI.

All my answers were either about Harry Potter or Gaming.
At that time, Quora was much more technical than it is now.
Topics like Survey Questions, Life experiences, etc.
were not as popular as they are now.
Starting 2016, I slowed down.
Although I still visited Quora every week, I wrote less than 50 answers over 2016.
On October 22, 2016, I wrote another viral.
This one managed to rack up 620 upvotes, and increased my follower count to my all-time best of 60.
Around that time, I got bored with Harry Potter, and my profile became stagnant.
Around February, Brooke Schwartz followed me, and my follower count started increasing.
After a couple of back to back full-blown virals.
I started steadily growing, changed the direction of my Quora account, and here I am today.
At 470 followers, there is a lot to look forward to, I’m in no way popular, but it’s more than I had ever thought of when I first clicked the ‘Sign Up’ button.
It’s been a great journey, and I’d like to thank each one of you for it.

First of all, welcome! You're gonna love it here.

Lets get started.
1.
Follow

Topics– Follow the things you know, follow the things you like, follow the things you don't know but like.
Follow your heart, follow the topic Heart.

Because the more you follow, the more you know.
People- You are the average of the five people you surround yourself with.
Follow amazing people.
Here are a few you can start with-
Marc Bodnick, Robert Frost, Adriana Heguy, Adam D'Angelo, James Altucher, Jimmy Wales, Rohit Kapoor, Deepak Mehta (दीपक मेहता), Zehra Alvi, User, Bhuvi Jain, Seema Shah, Anangsha Alammyan, Divya Sharma Dixit, Sandhya Ramesh, Virali Modi, User, Swateek Jena, Balaji Viswanathan, Tejasvita Apte.

I can go on forever.

Want more? Here- Which Quora user should I follow on Quora? Why?
And yeah, don't follow people on the basis of their pre-existing followers.
2.
Read

Read as much as you can.
Read till your eyes hurt (okay, don't do that.
we care for your eyes too!)

Note how Top Writers write.
3.
Upvote and downvote

Liked the answer you read?
Go ahead and hit that upvote button.

But remember, the number of upvotes on an answer do not show its worth.

Want to downvote an answer? Read this first- What are good and bad reasons to downvote answers on Quora?
And remember, one should not downvote answers just because you disagree with their views or beliefs.
4.
Asking and answering

First, check if the answer you want to ask already exists.
If yes, re-ask.

If not, go ahead and ask all you want.
You can also go anonymous if you want (batman style!).

For answering, What are the main policies and guidelines for answers on Quora?
These are the few things I could think of.
If you want more help, you can read these-
How do I get started using Quora?
What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
What are Quora’s most important policy principles?
Have a great stay!

First, Welcome to our weird little world!
Second, as you've probably noticed we have a fairly strict Be Nice, Be Respectful policy here which is enforced both by bot and by human moderators.

More Here: What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy?
Random note: I'm on the Aspergers Spectrum so if the following number system seems “odd” just know that Asshole Man has a different brain wiring scheme than you do.
It has it's own internal Aspie logic and if it makes perfect sense to you at first glance, or you find it highly entertaining, you could be an Aspie.
Check out What are the major policies and guidelines on Quora?
Third: As a personal hint (and something I wish I had known about) USE the blog feature initially by starting a blog of your own answers.
This tool will give you a way to easily track and find your older answers which may well become useful in future.
You can run more than one blog here.
(say, to share out Answers you think are particularly good.
)
*start shameless self-promotion*
Mine here: 5) We, most of us are absolute geeks of one form or another, and thus have a tender spot for our fellow geeks.
F) Find Questions which inspire you to learn, learn about the issues raised, and share your learning.
G) DIVE IN.
.
.
we generally don't bite (at least not hard) as long as you're reasonable, respectful (in other words, these discussions can get interesting; just don't make disagreements personal) and can back up your assertions with fact.
VIII) REMEMBER: This medium by which we communicate, by its very nature strips out at least 3 of the normal 5 communication tools which help us infer the proper (intended) meaning to the words of another.
In this medium you loose Tone of Voice, Facial Expression, and Body Language.
This means you are working at a handicap because you only have Sentence Structure and the Literal Meanings of the words used.
Never forget this fact.
.
Especially if someone says something which could be interpreted multiple ways.
It's REALLY EASY to "miss" the humor often intended in an apparently snarky comment.
Say with some of
Dan Holliday
s answers.
.
.
(sorry Dan!)
9) If you ask a Question be patient (especially with boards which have a low number of followers).
Also try to avoid using Questions which contain assumptions because these are snark magnets (we can't resist easy targets).
J) Up voting: Do it often if an Answer or a Question or a Comment resonates with you (makes you think).
It costs you nothing and it spreads joy.
11) Follow your nose and ENJOY!
XII) This is Quora, not Twatter, Book of Faces or Rudeit.
Rule 1: User-10012639097193986824's answer to What is your ideal Quora logo?

Bewilderment when starting something new is common.
Here, especially.
I was completely, totally bewildered when I began on Quora in March 2011.
I begged everybody who responded to me in any way to teach me something or other.
This was before we had Using Quora as a topic to follow.
And before we had Quora Policies and Guidelines.
The key is to be patient and slow down before jumping into the water.
See Welcome to Quora.
Do Yourself a Favor & Slow Down.
by Lucretia M Pruitt on Posts
.
I did a lot of reading of questions and answers about how to use Quora, performed a lot of research going from question to answer to question again, and asked a zillion questions about how to use Quora.
I still feel none of it is completely or satisfyingly sufficient, and that the on-boarding process is still too time-consuming and difficult.
If you learn best by watching others and want to see how someone uses Quora, and are near UCLA in West Los Angeles, we can meet at a local cafe and I will show you what it is I do.
I think every user is unique, and once you understand where things go (Questions, Answers, Comments to Questions, Comments to Answers; and blogs) and how and why to up-vote and down-vote; how to follow and unfollow, and how to adjust your home feed — you'll be using Quora in your own way.
The more value you add to the mission, the more you will enjoy being here.
I learned there is a welcoming community on Quora which responds well to the policies of What is Quora's "Be Nice, Be Respectful" policy? and general Quora Etiquette.
Most of us work hard to support the mission of sharing and growing the world's knowledge.
This means we contribute when we add value, and only then.
See: Quora

Welcome to Quora!
In this post, I want to give you, a new writer, a few tips and pieces of advice.
First, here’s a little bit about my experience here on Quora.
I began writing in December 2017 on a daily basis.
I wrote answers pertaining to college admissions, Johns Hopkins, and high school.
From December to July 2018, I accumulated about 1.
5 million views and 800 followers.
Then, toward the end of July, I started answering more personal questions about my life and spinal cord injury via questions in Survey Question, Life Advice, and Experiences in Life.
Suddenly, my Quora “popularity” exploded, and I’ve gained close to 3.
2k followers and 1.
7 million views in 10 weeks.
Here’s how I did it.
Before Quora, I didn't consider myself a writer.
However, I now strongly identify as a writer and love sharing my thoughts here on Quora.
If you have any questions/comments, drop a comment below!
—KH

Once you have your account set up, your profile filled out, and a little free time – I'd start reading.
 
Quora:  It's where curious minds meet helpful people.
 

Updated: 26.06.2019 — 10:06 am

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