10 Quora’s unwritten rules

  1. Comment on answers only if you have something to add to the discussion. Comments like “Lol”, “+1” etc belong in the trashbin. If your comment simply states that you agree/disagree with the answer, just replace it with a upvote/downvote and move on.
  2. Don’t just message a simple “Hi” or “Can we talk?” or “May I ask something?”. If you are messaging someone privately, say what you want to say. Waiting for an affirmation from the other person just adds one more transaction to the process.
  3. Wait patiently for the person to reply. Don’t accuse them of “having time to write answers but not to reply to PMs” or anything of that sort. A person’s mailbox is their personal business. And furthermore, they are not obliged to reply.
  4. Do a bit of “community work” every now and then. Cleaning up topics, rewriting questions, suggesting edits, reporting content and users who violate policies etc.
  5. This isn’t a dating site. It’s fine if you like someone. It’s also fine if you approach them once. But once the other person declines, back off politely.
  6. Don’t add to the noise. Do not propagate misinformation. If someone points out a factual error or inconsistency in your answers, delete/edit it.
  7. Don’t make it a circle-jerk. Quora isn’t > Facebook or Twitter. Each has its own use-case.
  8. If you don’t like a user or a topic, mute/block them instead of ranting about it.
  9. Go easy on the admins. They have a lot on their plates (more so ever since the voluntary mods were removed).
  10. Don’t act entitled. Quora doesn’t owe you anything. Nor do the other users here. If someone turns down a request of yours, accept it and move on.

Source: Quora answer by Deepak Mehta



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