How do I get started using Quora?

A2A on a question with 96 excellent responses already?

I’ll answer, but I’m not going to read through them all beforehand.

  1. As with all online fora: start by lurking. A month, maybe. Observe the community norms at play; see what people object to, and how they frame their questions.
  2. Follow topics you’re interested in, and (though it’s less critical) people you’re interested in. Upvote the stuff you want to see more of in your feed. Downvote the stuff you want to see less of.
  3. If you want to be a widely read writer, pick topics that get lots of views. You have an unfair advantage if that involves anything Indians, or US politics.
  4. If you want to be a well-regarded writer, pick a niche topic that you know lots about.
  5. If you want to be a sociable Quora user (which will improve your experience, though some here don’t care for it), comment on posts you like, and build up relationships with other Quorans.
  6. Avoid getting bogged down in arguments in comments. It’s not what Quora is designed for, and can end badly. If a poster is a bonehead, post your own answer saying how (civilly).
  7. Work out the no-nos of posting, to avoid the banhammer. Summarised by Tracey: Tracey Bryan’s answer to How do I get started using Quora?
  8. EDIT: Topics in your questions. Always edit them.
  9. Write what you’re interested in.
  10. Rinse and repeat.

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