Quora co-founders Charlie Cheever & Adam D'Angelo @ Crunchies 2010

Thanks to Quora, now you can't read anonymously

30 thoughts on “Thanks to Quora, now you can't read anonymously”

  1. What’s most disturbing is that they followed Facebook’s approach of degrading your privacy settings without your consent. Such behavior should be outlawed on any web site.

  2. I very much agree with the Jeff Jarvis quote (and just retweeted it) — I like pushing a lot of stuff public, but what I read isn’t close to being on the list.

  3. I love Quora, and am regularly surprised by the interesting threads that I discover (usually via Twitter), but I HATE this idea.

    Why should I have to qualify before I click whether the click is worth broadcasting? How does that serve me as the user?

  4. Om, you hit the nail on the head regarding link baiting headlines that we all sometimes click on and then just as quickly hit the back button or close the tab.

    In a similar vein, I wonder how many Viddy and Socialcam viewers felt more than a bit sheepish to discover that their hundreds of Facebook friends could see they had just watched “dude gets punched in the face” or some other captivating social video in the app’s Popular tabs. This frictionless world of the open graph is going to take a different level of awareness about our actions online.

  5. So, this is why this scares the shit out of me. Today, I answered a question on Quora from someone who wanted to commit suicide because he was mortified about being gay. It’s filled with positive and supportive responses. But that’s the sort of post which shouldn’t be “passively shared”.

  6. Well, I can tell you, Quora is flawed. The top voted answer isn’t always the best or accurate. So if you’re looking for the right information, Quora doesn’t have much. What Quora has is some big guys like CEO’s of huge corporations using it, so it might take a while for them to fade off. And I really hope they fade off, because its not accurate. You rather not give someone an answer instead of giving them a wrong answer.

  7. Quora has gone the way of expert-sexchange, showing up in Google search results for interesting questions, but then overlaying/replacing most answers with blur and “sign up to read”.
    Borderline SERP cloaking, to say the least.

  8. I’m having trouble resolving the “can’t” in the headline with the last paragraph in the article, that basically tells you that you still “can” read anonymously. Am I missing something?

  9. I can only imagine this will reduce the amount of people who read controversial or sensitive questions. I wouldn’t want everyone knowing I was interested in certain subjects.

    Also there seems some potential problems if one were to secretly redirect people to embarrassing posts on Quora just so they show up as having read it.

  10. “Like many others on the Internet, I too get lured into clicking headlines that are intriguing only to find myself on a list or a news item that only infuriates me.”

    Seems like you’ve got anger/ego issues. Log off the Internet, go outside, watch the birds play. Life’s too short to be “infuriated” by news items.

  11. Hmm, I have long felt to be strong benefits to the minimisation of lurking. In other words, if you decide to watch someone, they should be aware that you are watching them (same goes for marketers, law enforcement, etc.). So I welcome this change… TO AN EXTENT. Non-lurking is not the same as public endorsement. In other words, I think it would be a good idea if the person who made a post/comment/etc. could see everyone who read it. I do not think it is a good idea if EVERYONE can see the same.

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