How do you answer a question on Quora

How do you answer a question on Quora?

How can you get your question answered on Quora?
There are no guarantees.
Quora is a community and answers are crowd-sourced knowledge given voluntarily.
There are however, some things that a person with a question can do that may/should help them to get an answer.
Best of luck in getting answers and being a part of this community.

Pick a niche.

Something you are passionate about, want to explore or have deep expertise on.
Start with a beginner's mind on subject and read everything you come across on subject.
Follow subject mateter experts and read their latest research.
Idea is to develop thought leadership on at least one useful & interresting subject.
More you read better you will write.
Research before you write.

Follow 80/20 principal in the beginning i.
e.
spent 80% of time on researching and 20 percent on writing.
Research on breadth and depth of question and as well as answers already given by readers.
Writting summury reports on what other's have answered is exellent way to develop deeper understanding on a subject.
Brush up you creative writing skill.

Writing is an art.
If do not have any background of English writing then brushing up elementary school grammar and taking local creative writing class will pay huge dividends.
If cannot afford course or class then write everyday.
It’s cheapest way to get better in writting.
Tell a story.

Ever wonder why people use Quora when we already have Google for all our questions? Because story trump data.
Most of teh time.
We humans need something more then just facts.
We crave for drama, heroes & villains, trails & triumphs and happy endings.
So not dump facts in your answers but share an experience & leaning , offfer context & perspective and tell an interesting story.
Data is good but context is vital.
Engage with your reader.

Start conversations with your loyal readers.
Build a fellowship.
Encourage & help others who are interested in your niche.
Share reading list.
share your research.
Accept your mistakes and bias in your experience and perspective.
be nice & humble to people who do not share your perspective.

Well, first thing I do is look for a question that I have no business answering.
So I like to troll the topics about space, theoretical battles, aircraft, and relationships in general.
I find a particularly juicy one, usually one with no answers yet.
It's bound to get me some sweet clicks.
Maybe an updoot or two (hundred).
I pour myself a stiff shot of rye and get out my notebook of pithy references, and my Webster's Unabridged Pun Dictonary.
Time to write.
I start with a hook.
Something devilish and likely flat-out wrong.
Prefacing the hook with a playful warning always works.
Something like:
Simple answer? IT WON'T.
or
Former Soldier here.
or
Because Tarkin was ALWAYS CGI.
I take a sip of rye and laugh through the burn, savoring my own wit as if it occupied the dregs of my tin cup rather than cheap booze.
The middle of my answers typically go about 500 words.
Just enough to fool the reader into buying the ruse.
At this point I have you.
I am already refilling my cup, pondering the wisdom in not just pouring the inevitable four shots right off the bat because such brilliance must be meted out, not spewed haphazardly like some jejune back alley one-upper.
I pore through my notes, picking delightful quips like gems from a conflict diamond mine.
I imagine, with no shortage of impish delight, minds being blown by the mere thought that a grunt could wield such mercuriality.
I lean back, pleased.
Pleased…but not satisfied.
Never satisfied until the reader has been frenzied with titillation.
I drink again.
By this point I am several shots in, and my answer is getting more amusing by the second.
I read it, and re-read it.
I am astonished by my own brilliance.
I drink more.
The words drip from my thumbs onto the touch screen, each more ebullient and bursting with knowledge than the last.
Several hours have past.
I am now gulping the last of my spirits like ginger beer, completely lost in the unrequieted genius I have laid before you.
My vision blurs…I take a deep breath and push through the fatigue.
I've got a job to do.
This is no longer a simple question and answer session.
It is now the madness of the long distance runner.
A pure endurance race.
My prize? The silver cup to hoist over my head in victory? YOUR enlightenment.
I tap, furious.
The body has taken shape, lithe and Reubenesque and turgid with salience.
The deneaument.
A deluge of emotion, grandiose overtures of universal truths and planet-spanning platitudes echo in the reader's illuminated soul.
I sit back (probably sitting on the toilet with the door closed vaping into the exhaust fan), utterly spent.
I wipe the sweat from my brow.
It is 4am.
My hands quiver from the effort; hours spent selflessly squandering my hard-earned emotional capital on my fellow Quorans.
I hit submit, give it a review, and sip the last of my rye, long warmed over and stale.
I turn on my white noise machine and crawl into bed, swaddled in flannel and plush, close my eyes, and sleep the sleep of the righteous.
THAT.
Is how I answer ANY question.

First of all, I read the question (or hear it).
Then, I try to see in which ways the person who is making it could be trying to say something different from what I interpret from the question.
Sometimes, it’s very clear that a question was badly formulated, and you can rationalize what it actually intended to ask.
After that, I try to explain all the doubts I might have about the question.
Even when I am absolutely sure about it being badly formulated, I expose this.
Now, I start to answer to the highest of my knowledge, stating possible doubts or things I don’t know at all, and I try to do this using words and phrases that the other person will understand, which is not so trivial.
As you can see, one of the bigger problems of answering questions is communication, and not the doubt which motivates the question.

Thanks for the A2A.
It depends on what i feel like doing at the moment and on the type of question.
Sometimes I feel like giving the answer to every single possible interpretation of the question, sometimes I can’t be bothered with it and just pick one.
It could be the version I find would make for a more interesting answer or the version I believe to be most likely the intended one.
Sometimes I don’t care about the answer and just care about giving people the answer I believe them to be looking for.
Whenever I can I look for signs in the answer that work towards proving my point.
Sometimes I argue my case emotionally, sometimes logically and sometimes both.
Sometimes I feel like being funny, sometimes I feel like looking poorly, especially when I build my answer on more than one level.
Sometimes I want to be understood above all else, sometimes I’m fine being misunderstood if it serves a purpose.
The sometimes could go on forever, it all depends.

Every answer is associated with a link, which you can find by selecting Share -> More
Then, in your answer provide that link.
For example:
This question has been answered before in a different context, see for example:
Konstantinos Konstantinides' answer to Is there any way to send a Quora answer to another Quora user?

For every question I answer on Quora and anywhere…
I tap into every sinew of knowledge that I have amassed over the years…
I choose my words carefully… for example I used the word “sinew” in the last paragraph to convey the rich tapestry of knowledge at my disposal [I always have a google tab open next to Quora].
I infuse wit into my answers… a beer or two helps…
I try hard not to be condescending or patronising… my apologies if I just did.
I don’t mock or judge the person asking the question… for example if anyone where to ask “How do I kill a person?”, I would not starting answering the question by questioning their motive for asking the question… nonetheless, towards the end, after I have told them the many ways a person can be killed, I would leave a wit remark to warn them of the dangers of murdering (especially) innocent people – but I would not go out of my way to dissuade them.
How they use the knowledge thus gained is a matter of wisdom.
I always aim to answer a question as concisely as possible… not always easy especially if you have to:
I don’t even try to be objective.
Factual, yes.
Objective, no.
Each and everyone of my answers is tainted with my world view, my value system, beliefs, and, dare I say, my mood.
I am not a trained journalist but even they, I strongly suspect, suffer from heavy doses of subjective world views, value systems, beliefs, and moods.
Finally, I take my time to answer a question… typically I sleep over it (just like I did when you requested me to answer this question).
I have found out that mulling the question and my random responses over an extended period of time gives me the space to apply my mind and do most of the above…
(***) This is where you have to be careful not to be condescending or patronising.
If you feel that the person asking the question [is there a synonym for “a person that asks a question”?] knows what they are asking, refrain from providing background info and assume they know what they are asking and just blurt out your answer.

I answer the questions that I have personal experience about first and foremost.
I an not ashamed that I’ve got a lot of weird and unfortunate stories, but I do know that by telling my story is often the only time many people are not left feeling they are alone.
It’s often hard for people to come right out and ask direct questions and when they do it takes a lot of courage and if they are left without response I can only image how much of an effect this has on them.
Life is one thing that cannot be scripted and not only does answering a question offer support to the person asking the question, often times it inspires others to comment and offer support to those who answer; which often leads to other topics and others offering support or gaining suppprt and confidence.
I genuinely appreciate getting as many different opinions and views as possible.
I love to know and learn new things, because it will never cease to amaze me how different people interpret the same things in vastly differing ways.
I always tell people I love corrective criticism, and I only know what I know, and without allowing others to offer input I’ll never be able to appreciate a different view.
Agreeing to disagree is as big an accomplishment to me if not more than knowing I’ve done all that I possibly could to help someone in need.
I try not to comment on too many things that I feel very strongly opposed to however, if I know that there is nothing that will sway my personal opinion; unless it’s in direct appreciation of my view.
For instance I have a sincere and total hatred for Meghan Markle.
She is fake and uses people to get ahead and will stop at nothing for attention.
I can assure anyone that I will never, or ever change my opinion.
Why my opinion is based on fact finding I’ve honestly concluded a pattern of behavior and have overwhelming proof, I will indeed reply to questions from others who feel the same.
I don’t however reply to people who feel as strongly about her on the opposite end of the spectrum.
It really doesn’t benefit anyone to instigate a dispute.
Even if it’s an opinion about her and my reply is found to be not favorable I simply state my respect of others opinions and move on.

Well, you can't do so directly, but what you can do is include links to relevant answers or questions in your answers and comments, and indeed, even questions.
For instance, check out this Quora question (hey, a link!): Geometry: Is it possible to change the net of Pentakis Dodecahedron to look like that of a regular Dodecahedron?
The question refers in its description to a follow-up question!
Also, see these answers of mine with the most views:
How do you win Civilization V on Immortal or Deity?
How do I make my fifth grade brother fall in love with math/science?
How do people die in a stampede?
Who would win in a battle between an Imperial Roman Legion at its height and 1,000 US Marines?
Oh my, that's FOUR LINKS to other answers!!
(That's how you share other answers in your questions and answers.
)

That depends on whether you intend to answer the question or whether you want to seem like you're answering the question but have something to hide and don't want to answer it.
If you want to give a straight answer, you give the answer, explain why you've come to that conclusion, and present supporting data.
If you're a rock star question amswerer, you have a knack for tailoring your answer to the questioner.
If you don't want to answer, you repeat the question so you seem like you're answering it, veer off into a different topic entirely, and throw up all manner of distractions.
If the asker tries to pin you down, you turn it around so your opponent looks weak and ineffective.
Regardless of how things turn out, you declare victory and move on.

As other people have answered, links can be used to 1 original answer rather than copy pasting entire answer to similar queries of same concept.
Because if done so then Quora algorithm will consider it spam as per their policy & delete all your similar answers including original one & you will end up being dissatisfied or angry.
The algorithm might even automatically delete your account on Quora if more than their specified similarity threshold has been crossed.
I formed an answer containing 22 points to explain misconception of Shivling with an objective to safeguard the dignity of our religion & gods.
As I copy pasted it to 10–15 queries, within minutes, all of them got deleted (check my edits section).
So be careful because freedom is not exactly free 😉

STEP 1.
Click the button that says ‘Answer.

STEP 2.
Type in the box that appears.
STEP 3.
Click ‘Submit’
You’re welcome! 😉

You see a question in your feed or in whatever topic you stumble upon (e.
g.
Quora, Survey Questions, etc.
)
Now, you want to answer it.
Click the “Answer”.
Now, start “composing your answer.

Finally, you end it.
There you go, answer!
So how do I answer a question in Quora? I just did.

Click the answer, and then type your answer.

How do you answer a question on Quora?

How can you get your question answered on Quora?
There are no guarantees.
Quora is a community and answers are crowd-sourced knowledge given voluntarily.
There are however, some things that a person with a question can do that may/should help them to get an answer.
Best of luck in getting answers and being a part of this community.

Pick a niche.

Something you are passionate about, want to explore or have deep expertise on.
Start with a beginner's mind on subject and read everything you come across on subject.
Follow subject mateter experts and read their latest research.
Idea is to develop thought leadership on at least one useful & interresting subject.
More you read better you will write.
Research before you write.

Follow 80/20 principal in the beginning i.
e.
spent 80% of time on researching and 20 percent on writing.
Research on breadth and depth of question and as well as answers already given by readers.
Writting summury reports on what other's have answered is exellent way to develop deeper understanding on a subject.
Brush up you creative writing skill.

Writing is an art.
If do not have any background of English writing then brushing up elementary school grammar and taking local creative writing class will pay huge dividends.
If cannot afford course or class then write everyday.
It’s cheapest way to get better in writting.
Tell a story.

Ever wonder why people use Quora when we already have Google for all our questions? Because story trump data.
Most of teh time.
We humans need something more then just facts.
We crave for drama, heroes & villains, trails & triumphs and happy endings.
So not dump facts in your answers but share an experience & leaning , offfer context & perspective and tell an interesting story.
Data is good but context is vital.
Engage with your reader.

Start conversations with your loyal readers.
Build a fellowship.
Encourage & help others who are interested in your niche.
Share reading list.
share your research.
Accept your mistakes and bias in your experience and perspective.
be nice & humble to people who do not share your perspective.

Well, first thing I do is look for a question that I have no business answering.
So I like to troll the topics about space, theoretical battles, aircraft, and relationships in general.
I find a particularly juicy one, usually one with no answers yet.
It's bound to get me some sweet clicks.
Maybe an updoot or two (hundred).
I pour myself a stiff shot of rye and get out my notebook of pithy references, and my Webster's Unabridged Pun Dictonary.
Time to write.
I start with a hook.
Something devilish and likely flat-out wrong.
Prefacing the hook with a playful warning always works.
Something like:
Simple answer? IT WON'T.
or
Former Soldier here.
or
Because Tarkin was ALWAYS CGI.
I take a sip of rye and laugh through the burn, savoring my own wit as if it occupied the dregs of my tin cup rather than cheap booze.
The middle of my answers typically go about 500 words.
Just enough to fool the reader into buying the ruse.
At this point I have you.
I am already refilling my cup, pondering the wisdom in not just pouring the inevitable four shots right off the bat because such brilliance must be meted out, not spewed haphazardly like some jejune back alley one-upper.
I pore through my notes, picking delightful quips like gems from a conflict diamond mine.
I imagine, with no shortage of impish delight, minds being blown by the mere thought that a grunt could wield such mercuriality.
I lean back, pleased.
Pleased…but not satisfied.
Never satisfied until the reader has been frenzied with titillation.
I drink again.
By this point I am several shots in, and my answer is getting more amusing by the second.
I read it, and re-read it.
I am astonished by my own brilliance.
I drink more.
The words drip from my thumbs onto the touch screen, each more ebullient and bursting with knowledge than the last.
Several hours have past.
I am now gulping the last of my spirits like ginger beer, completely lost in the unrequieted genius I have laid before you.
My vision blurs…I take a deep breath and push through the fatigue.
I've got a job to do.
This is no longer a simple question and answer session.
It is now the madness of the long distance runner.
A pure endurance race.
My prize? The silver cup to hoist over my head in victory? YOUR enlightenment.
I tap, furious.
The body has taken shape, lithe and Reubenesque and turgid with salience.
The deneaument.
A deluge of emotion, grandiose overtures of universal truths and planet-spanning platitudes echo in the reader's illuminated soul.
I sit back (probably sitting on the toilet with the door closed vaping into the exhaust fan), utterly spent.
I wipe the sweat from my brow.
It is 4am.
My hands quiver from the effort; hours spent selflessly squandering my hard-earned emotional capital on my fellow Quorans.
I hit submit, give it a review, and sip the last of my rye, long warmed over and stale.
I turn on my white noise machine and crawl into bed, swaddled in flannel and plush, close my eyes, and sleep the sleep of the righteous.
THAT.
Is how I answer ANY question.

First of all, I read the question (or hear it).
Then, I try to see in which ways the person who is making it could be trying to say something different from what I interpret from the question.
Sometimes, it’s very clear that a question was badly formulated, and you can rationalize what it actually intended to ask.
After that, I try to explain all the doubts I might have about the question.
Even when I am absolutely sure about it being badly formulated, I expose this.
Now, I start to answer to the highest of my knowledge, stating possible doubts or things I don’t know at all, and I try to do this using words and phrases that the other person will understand, which is not so trivial.
As you can see, one of the bigger problems of answering questions is communication, and not the doubt which motivates the question.

Thanks for the A2A.
It depends on what i feel like doing at the moment and on the type of question.
Sometimes I feel like giving the answer to every single possible interpretation of the question, sometimes I can’t be bothered with it and just pick one.
It could be the version I find would make for a more interesting answer or the version I believe to be most likely the intended one.
Sometimes I don’t care about the answer and just care about giving people the answer I believe them to be looking for.
Whenever I can I look for signs in the answer that work towards proving my point.
Sometimes I argue my case emotionally, sometimes logically and sometimes both.
Sometimes I feel like being funny, sometimes I feel like looking poorly, especially when I build my answer on more than one level.
Sometimes I want to be understood above all else, sometimes I’m fine being misunderstood if it serves a purpose.
The sometimes could go on forever, it all depends.

Every answer is associated with a link, which you can find by selecting Share -> More
Then, in your answer provide that link.
For example:
This question has been answered before in a different context, see for example:
Konstantinos Konstantinides' answer to Is there any way to send a Quora answer to another Quora user?

For every question I answer on Quora and anywhere…
I tap into every sinew of knowledge that I have amassed over the years…
I choose my words carefully… for example I used the word “sinew” in the last paragraph to convey the rich tapestry of knowledge at my disposal [I always have a google tab open next to Quora].
I infuse wit into my answers… a beer or two helps…
I try hard not to be condescending or patronising… my apologies if I just did.
I don’t mock or judge the person asking the question… for example if anyone where to ask “How do I kill a person?”, I would not starting answering the question by questioning their motive for asking the question… nonetheless, towards the end, after I have told them the many ways a person can be killed, I would leave a wit remark to warn them of the dangers of murdering (especially) innocent people – but I would not go out of my way to dissuade them.
How they use the knowledge thus gained is a matter of wisdom.
I always aim to answer a question as concisely as possible… not always easy especially if you have to:
I don’t even try to be objective.
Factual, yes.
Objective, no.
Each and everyone of my answers is tainted with my world view, my value system, beliefs, and, dare I say, my mood.
I am not a trained journalist but even they, I strongly suspect, suffer from heavy doses of subjective world views, value systems, beliefs, and moods.
Finally, I take my time to answer a question… typically I sleep over it (just like I did when you requested me to answer this question).
I have found out that mulling the question and my random responses over an extended period of time gives me the space to apply my mind and do most of the above…
(***) This is where you have to be careful not to be condescending or patronising.
If you feel that the person asking the question [is there a synonym for “a person that asks a question”?] knows what they are asking, refrain from providing background info and assume they know what they are asking and just blurt out your answer.

I answer the questions that I have personal experience about first and foremost.
I an not ashamed that I’ve got a lot of weird and unfortunate stories, but I do know that by telling my story is often the only time many people are not left feeling they are alone.
It’s often hard for people to come right out and ask direct questions and when they do it takes a lot of courage and if they are left without response I can only image how much of an effect this has on them.
Life is one thing that cannot be scripted and not only does answering a question offer support to the person asking the question, often times it inspires others to comment and offer support to those who answer; which often leads to other topics and others offering support or gaining suppprt and confidence.
I genuinely appreciate getting as many different opinions and views as possible.
I love to know and learn new things, because it will never cease to amaze me how different people interpret the same things in vastly differing ways.
I always tell people I love corrective criticism, and I only know what I know, and without allowing others to offer input I’ll never be able to appreciate a different view.
Agreeing to disagree is as big an accomplishment to me if not more than knowing I’ve done all that I possibly could to help someone in need.
I try not to comment on too many things that I feel very strongly opposed to however, if I know that there is nothing that will sway my personal opinion; unless it’s in direct appreciation of my view.
For instance I have a sincere and total hatred for Meghan Markle.
She is fake and uses people to get ahead and will stop at nothing for attention.
I can assure anyone that I will never, or ever change my opinion.
Why my opinion is based on fact finding I’ve honestly concluded a pattern of behavior and have overwhelming proof, I will indeed reply to questions from others who feel the same.
I don’t however reply to people who feel as strongly about her on the opposite end of the spectrum.
It really doesn’t benefit anyone to instigate a dispute.
Even if it’s an opinion about her and my reply is found to be not favorable I simply state my respect of others opinions and move on.

Well, you can't do so directly, but what you can do is include links to relevant answers or questions in your answers and comments, and indeed, even questions.
For instance, check out this Quora question (hey, a link!): Geometry: Is it possible to change the net of Pentakis Dodecahedron to look like that of a regular Dodecahedron?
The question refers in its description to a follow-up question!
Also, see these answers of mine with the most views:
How do you win Civilization V on Immortal or Deity?
How do I make my fifth grade brother fall in love with math/science?
How do people die in a stampede?
Who would win in a battle between an Imperial Roman Legion at its height and 1,000 US Marines?
Oh my, that's FOUR LINKS to other answers!!
(That's how you share other answers in your questions and answers.
)

That depends on whether you intend to answer the question or whether you want to seem like you're answering the question but have something to hide and don't want to answer it.
If you want to give a straight answer, you give the answer, explain why you've come to that conclusion, and present supporting data.
If you're a rock star question amswerer, you have a knack for tailoring your answer to the questioner.
If you don't want to answer, you repeat the question so you seem like you're answering it, veer off into a different topic entirely, and throw up all manner of distractions.
If the asker tries to pin you down, you turn it around so your opponent looks weak and ineffective.
Regardless of how things turn out, you declare victory and move on.

As other people have answered, links can be used to 1 original answer rather than copy pasting entire answer to similar queries of same concept.
Because if done so then Quora algorithm will consider it spam as per their policy & delete all your similar answers including original one & you will end up being dissatisfied or angry.
The algorithm might even automatically delete your account on Quora if more than their specified similarity threshold has been crossed.
I formed an answer containing 22 points to explain misconception of Shivling with an objective to safeguard the dignity of our religion & gods.
As I copy pasted it to 10–15 queries, within minutes, all of them got deleted (check my edits section).
So be careful because freedom is not exactly free 😉

STEP 1.
Click the button that says ‘Answer.

STEP 2.
Type in the box that appears.
STEP 3.
Click ‘Submit’
You’re welcome! 😉

You see a question in your feed or in whatever topic you stumble upon (e.
g.
Quora, Survey Questions, etc.
)
Now, you want to answer it.
Click the “Answer”.
Now, start “composing your answer.

Finally, you end it.
There you go, answer!
So how do I answer a question in Quora? I just did.

Click the answer, and then type your answer.

If you want to promote a different question because it has a relevant and helpful answer to a question you are following, add something like below to the details.
And if you are not a follower, just put it in a comment.
This is a related question: Quora: How can I provide the same answer to different questions on Quora?

As facetiously as possible, if it deserves it.
As well-argued as possible, if it’s divisive.
As usefully as possible, if it’s simple.
But in all cases, as short as possible.
Too many answers on Quora are far too long.
Give us what you got, then move on.
You don’t have to use every
And you don’t have to offer an image, because most people can understand
Force, be brief.

Now and again it looks like human beings are searching out a specific solution to a query, while sincerely they simply want to have their question discussed.
There honestly isn’t a unique answer to present.
if there’s a part of a query you could’t, or don’t think it’s an excellent idea to speak to, recognition on an element which you are capable to talk about.
Commonly, they want to pay attention both aspects of an idea, or they simply want to understand that you’ve been considering it too, or they honestly need acknowledgement that their query is some thing it’s ok to surprise about.
In many cases, these inquiries are responded with a query that attempts to probe deeper into the subject to hand.
Sometimes the best way to answer a difficult question is to give a totally straightforward answer.
This forthrightness can be refreshing and disarming.

Well well well, I'm fairly certain this is a troll question.
.
but I'll bite.
On mobile there's 2 different spots that are right there on the homescreen that you can see right away (unless you're blind).
Those spots are highlighted here
On the web version it's also in an obvious space.
Right to the right of the search bar, highlighted here
Have a good day

Hey.
thanks.

How do you answer a question on Quora?

How can you get your question answered on Quora?
There are no guarantees.
Quora is a community and answers are crowd-sourced knowledge given voluntarily.
There are however, some things that a person with a question can do that may/should help them to get an answer.
Best of luck in getting answers and being a part of this community.

Pick a niche.

Something you are passionate about, want to explore or have deep expertise on.
Start with a beginner's mind on subject and read everything you come across on subject.
Follow subject mateter experts and read their latest research.
Idea is to develop thought leadership on at least one useful & interresting subject.
More you read better you will write.
Research before you write.

Follow 80/20 principal in the beginning i.
e.
spent 80% of time on researching and 20 percent on writing.
Research on breadth and depth of question and as well as answers already given by readers.
Writting summury reports on what other's have answered is exellent way to develop deeper understanding on a subject.
Brush up you creative writing skill.

Writing is an art.
If do not have any background of English writing then brushing up elementary school grammar and taking local creative writing class will pay huge dividends.
If cannot afford course or class then write everyday.
It’s cheapest way to get better in writting.
Tell a story.

Ever wonder why people use Quora when we already have Google for all our questions? Because story trump data.
Most of teh time.
We humans need something more then just facts.
We crave for drama, heroes & villains, trails & triumphs and happy endings.
So not dump facts in your answers but share an experience & leaning , offfer context & perspective and tell an interesting story.
Data is good but context is vital.
Engage with your reader.

Start conversations with your loyal readers.
Build a fellowship.
Encourage & help others who are interested in your niche.
Share reading list.
share your research.
Accept your mistakes and bias in your experience and perspective.
be nice & humble to people who do not share your perspective.

Well, first thing I do is look for a question that I have no business answering.
So I like to troll the topics about space, theoretical battles, aircraft, and relationships in general.
I find a particularly juicy one, usually one with no answers yet.
It's bound to get me some sweet clicks.
Maybe an updoot or two (hundred).
I pour myself a stiff shot of rye and get out my notebook of pithy references, and my Webster's Unabridged Pun Dictonary.
Time to write.
I start with a hook.
Something devilish and likely flat-out wrong.
Prefacing the hook with a playful warning always works.
Something like:
Simple answer? IT WON'T.
or
Former Soldier here.
or
Because Tarkin was ALWAYS CGI.
I take a sip of rye and laugh through the burn, savoring my own wit as if it occupied the dregs of my tin cup rather than cheap booze.
The middle of my answers typically go about 500 words.
Just enough to fool the reader into buying the ruse.
At this point I have you.
I am already refilling my cup, pondering the wisdom in not just pouring the inevitable four shots right off the bat because such brilliance must be meted out, not spewed haphazardly like some jejune back alley one-upper.
I pore through my notes, picking delightful quips like gems from a conflict diamond mine.
I imagine, with no shortage of impish delight, minds being blown by the mere thought that a grunt could wield such mercuriality.
I lean back, pleased.
Pleased…but not satisfied.
Never satisfied until the reader has been frenzied with titillation.
I drink again.
By this point I am several shots in, and my answer is getting more amusing by the second.
I read it, and re-read it.
I am astonished by my own brilliance.
I drink more.
The words drip from my thumbs onto the touch screen, each more ebullient and bursting with knowledge than the last.
Several hours have past.
I am now gulping the last of my spirits like ginger beer, completely lost in the unrequieted genius I have laid before you.
My vision blurs…I take a deep breath and push through the fatigue.
I've got a job to do.
This is no longer a simple question and answer session.
It is now the madness of the long distance runner.
A pure endurance race.
My prize? The silver cup to hoist over my head in victory? YOUR enlightenment.
I tap, furious.
The body has taken shape, lithe and Reubenesque and turgid with salience.
The deneaument.
A deluge of emotion, grandiose overtures of universal truths and planet-spanning platitudes echo in the reader's illuminated soul.
I sit back (probably sitting on the toilet with the door closed vaping into the exhaust fan), utterly spent.
I wipe the sweat from my brow.
It is 4am.
My hands quiver from the effort; hours spent selflessly squandering my hard-earned emotional capital on my fellow Quorans.
I hit submit, give it a review, and sip the last of my rye, long warmed over and stale.
I turn on my white noise machine and crawl into bed, swaddled in flannel and plush, close my eyes, and sleep the sleep of the righteous.
THAT.
Is how I answer ANY question.

First of all, I read the question (or hear it).
Then, I try to see in which ways the person who is making it could be trying to say something different from what I interpret from the question.
Sometimes, it’s very clear that a question was badly formulated, and you can rationalize what it actually intended to ask.
After that, I try to explain all the doubts I might have about the question.
Even when I am absolutely sure about it being badly formulated, I expose this.
Now, I start to answer to the highest of my knowledge, stating possible doubts or things I don’t know at all, and I try to do this using words and phrases that the other person will understand, which is not so trivial.
As you can see, one of the bigger problems of answering questions is communication, and not the doubt which motivates the question.

Thanks for the A2A.
It depends on what i feel like doing at the moment and on the type of question.
Sometimes I feel like giving the answer to every single possible interpretation of the question, sometimes I can’t be bothered with it and just pick one.
It could be the version I find would make for a more interesting answer or the version I believe to be most likely the intended one.
Sometimes I don’t care about the answer and just care about giving people the answer I believe them to be looking for.
Whenever I can I look for signs in the answer that work towards proving my point.
Sometimes I argue my case emotionally, sometimes logically and sometimes both.
Sometimes I feel like being funny, sometimes I feel like looking poorly, especially when I build my answer on more than one level.
Sometimes I want to be understood above all else, sometimes I’m fine being misunderstood if it serves a purpose.
The sometimes could go on forever, it all depends.

Every answer is associated with a link, which you can find by selecting Share -> More
Then, in your answer provide that link.
For example:
This question has been answered before in a different context, see for example:
Konstantinos Konstantinides' answer to Is there any way to send a Quora answer to another Quora user?

For every question I answer on Quora and anywhere…
I tap into every sinew of knowledge that I have amassed over the years…
I choose my words carefully… for example I used the word “sinew” in the last paragraph to convey the rich tapestry of knowledge at my disposal [I always have a google tab open next to Quora].
I infuse wit into my answers… a beer or two helps…
I try hard not to be condescending or patronising… my apologies if I just did.
I don’t mock or judge the person asking the question… for example if anyone where to ask “How do I kill a person?”, I would not starting answering the question by questioning their motive for asking the question… nonetheless, towards the end, after I have told them the many ways a person can be killed, I would leave a wit remark to warn them of the dangers of murdering (especially) innocent people – but I would not go out of my way to dissuade them.
How they use the knowledge thus gained is a matter of wisdom.
I always aim to answer a question as concisely as possible… not always easy especially if you have to:
I don’t even try to be objective.
Factual, yes.
Objective, no.
Each and everyone of my answers is tainted with my world view, my value system, beliefs, and, dare I say, my mood.
I am not a trained journalist but even they, I strongly suspect, suffer from heavy doses of subjective world views, value systems, beliefs, and moods.
Finally, I take my time to answer a question… typically I sleep over it (just like I did when you requested me to answer this question).
I have found out that mulling the question and my random responses over an extended period of time gives me the space to apply my mind and do most of the above…
(***) This is where you have to be careful not to be condescending or patronising.
If you feel that the person asking the question [is there a synonym for “a person that asks a question”?] knows what they are asking, refrain from providing background info and assume they know what they are asking and just blurt out your answer.

I answer the questions that I have personal experience about first and foremost.
I an not ashamed that I’ve got a lot of weird and unfortunate stories, but I do know that by telling my story is often the only time many people are not left feeling they are alone.
It’s often hard for people to come right out and ask direct questions and when they do it takes a lot of courage and if they are left without response I can only image how much of an effect this has on them.
Life is one thing that cannot be scripted and not only does answering a question offer support to the person asking the question, often times it inspires others to comment and offer support to those who answer; which often leads to other topics and others offering support or gaining suppprt and confidence.
I genuinely appreciate getting as many different opinions and views as possible.
I love to know and learn new things, because it will never cease to amaze me how different people interpret the same things in vastly differing ways.
I always tell people I love corrective criticism, and I only know what I know, and without allowing others to offer input I’ll never be able to appreciate a different view.
Agreeing to disagree is as big an accomplishment to me if not more than knowing I’ve done all that I possibly could to help someone in need.
I try not to comment on too many things that I feel very strongly opposed to however, if I know that there is nothing that will sway my personal opinion; unless it’s in direct appreciation of my view.
For instance I have a sincere and total hatred for Meghan Markle.
She is fake and uses people to get ahead and will stop at nothing for attention.
I can assure anyone that I will never, or ever change my opinion.
Why my opinion is based on fact finding I’ve honestly concluded a pattern of behavior and have overwhelming proof, I will indeed reply to questions from others who feel the same.
I don’t however reply to people who feel as strongly about her on the opposite end of the spectrum.
It really doesn’t benefit anyone to instigate a dispute.
Even if it’s an opinion about her and my reply is found to be not favorable I simply state my respect of others opinions and move on.

Well, you can't do so directly, but what you can do is include links to relevant answers or questions in your answers and comments, and indeed, even questions.
For instance, check out this Quora question (hey, a link!): Geometry: Is it possible to change the net of Pentakis Dodecahedron to look like that of a regular Dodecahedron?
The question refers in its description to a follow-up question!
Also, see these answers of mine with the most views:
How do you win Civilization V on Immortal or Deity?
How do I make my fifth grade brother fall in love with math/science?
How do people die in a stampede?
Who would win in a battle between an Imperial Roman Legion at its height and 1,000 US Marines?
Oh my, that's FOUR LINKS to other answers!!
(That's how you share other answers in your questions and answers.
)

That depends on whether you intend to answer the question or whether you want to seem like you're answering the question but have something to hide and don't want to answer it.
If you want to give a straight answer, you give the answer, explain why you've come to that conclusion, and present supporting data.
If you're a rock star question amswerer, you have a knack for tailoring your answer to the questioner.
If you don't want to answer, you repeat the question so you seem like you're answering it, veer off into a different topic entirely, and throw up all manner of distractions.
If the asker tries to pin you down, you turn it around so your opponent looks weak and ineffective.
Regardless of how things turn out, you declare victory and move on.

As other people have answered, links can be used to 1 original answer rather than copy pasting entire answer to similar queries of same concept.
Because if done so then Quora algorithm will consider it spam as per their policy & delete all your similar answers including original one & you will end up being dissatisfied or angry.
The algorithm might even automatically delete your account on Quora if more than their specified similarity threshold has been crossed.
I formed an answer containing 22 points to explain misconception of Shivling with an objective to safeguard the dignity of our religion & gods.
As I copy pasted it to 10–15 queries, within minutes, all of them got deleted (check my edits section).
So be careful because freedom is not exactly free 😉

STEP 1.
Click the button that says ‘Answer.

STEP 2.
Type in the box that appears.
STEP 3.
Click ‘Submit’
You’re welcome! 😉

You see a question in your feed or in whatever topic you stumble upon (e.
g.
Quora, Survey Questions, etc.
)
Now, you want to answer it.
Click the “Answer”.
Now, start “composing your answer.

Finally, you end it.
There you go, answer!
So how do I answer a question in Quora? I just did.

Click the answer, and then type your answer.

If you want to promote a different question because it has a relevant and helpful answer to a question you are following, add something like below to the details.
And if you are not a follower, just put it in a comment.
This is a related question: Quora: How can I provide the same answer to different questions on Quora?

As facetiously as possible, if it deserves it.
As well-argued as possible, if it’s divisive.
As usefully as possible, if it’s simple.
But in all cases, as short as possible.
Too many answers on Quora are far too long.
Give us what you got, then move on.
You don’t have to use every
And you don’t have to offer an image, because most people can understand
Force, be brief.

Now and again it looks like human beings are searching out a specific solution to a query, while sincerely they simply want to have their question discussed.
There honestly isn’t a unique answer to present.
if there’s a part of a query you could’t, or don’t think it’s an excellent idea to speak to, recognition on an element which you are capable to talk about.
Commonly, they want to pay attention both aspects of an idea, or they simply want to understand that you’ve been considering it too, or they honestly need acknowledgement that their query is some thing it’s ok to surprise about.
In many cases, these inquiries are responded with a query that attempts to probe deeper into the subject to hand.
Sometimes the best way to answer a difficult question is to give a totally straightforward answer.
This forthrightness can be refreshing and disarming.

Well well well, I'm fairly certain this is a troll question.
.
but I'll bite.
On mobile there's 2 different spots that are right there on the homescreen that you can see right away (unless you're blind).
Those spots are highlighted here
On the web version it's also in an obvious space.
Right to the right of the search bar, highlighted here
Have a good day

Hey.
thanks.

Updated: 29.06.2019 — 10:30 am

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