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Thoughts on Quora

March 2, 2015

The website is called Quora. On the “about” page you find this description of the purpose of the site:

“Quora’s mission is to share and grow the world’s knowledge.

Quora is your best source of knowledge. Ask any question, get real answers from people with first hand experience, and blog about what you know.”

Sounds good, doesn’t it? I’ve been there a while now and I’m reaching the point that people have started asking me, specifically, to answer some questions. It’s sort of gratifying to the ego. And yet, while it’s satisfying to think I have possibly helped someone find an answer to questions like “how can I learn to set and achieve goals.” “what’s the difference between ontological, deontological and teleological ethics” or “can hypnosis actually help me stop smoking” there are other questions that, to me, clearly fail to live up to the sites stated mission. Here are some of my favorites. Each on is followed by the answer I would have liked to have given (I’m an Executive Life Coach, so I’ve largely learned to control my initial impulses, but I have had to edit my responses occasionally)

  • How can I sustain being lazy? I don’t want to starve but I don’t want to work either
    • Well, you can either be a parasite, sucking the life out of those around you, or you can just suck it up and work like the rest of us.
  • I’m a really hot guy, but I can’t seem to get dates. I’m also funny and pretty intelligent (about to graduate with a chemistry degree). So what is going on?
    • You only think you’re smart. Actually, you’re a self-centered moron who exhibits an amazing lack of social development
  • Dating Etiquette: My girlfriend left me for another guy when she found out that I’m poor. Now I have won a big lottery (no joke) and she wants to come back. What should I do?
    • You should definitely take her back because an interest based on money is clearly a prerequisite for a life- long commitment based on love and mutual respect.
  • Do successful people really set specific goals and have a clear vision of them?
    • They just consistently get lucky, year after year, decade after decade. They don’t study, plan or prepare. It all happens by magic.
  • What is the highest form of intelligence?
    • Mine. Next question…

There may be a reason I haven’t been asked to join the Quora team…

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