A lot of people that I respect felt disappointed by this answer. I’ve discussed it with several of them, and I’ve taken some time out of Quora. I’m leaving the original response below, because it does reflect something; but I’m retracting it, and I am standing by the following, reduced version.
I feel betrayed by an organisation which shows minimal engagement with the user base that makes it possible, and has not engaged visibly with the one venue where that user base could voice its concerns publicly.
I feel disappointed that the owner of the blog has chosen to delete the blog without warning, and without public explanation. I don’t want to feel vindicated in all my dark surmises. And after all, it was the owner’s blog, and the owner doesn’t owe me or anyone an explanation.
But there is an ongoing breakdown of trust between a considerable number of users (not merely a few reprobates) and Quora; not just about moderation, but about the relation of users to Quora in general. In that context, I feel this has been a missed opportunity.
How do I feel?
I miss it. More than that, I feel betrayed by an organisation which shows minimal engagement with the user base that makes it possible, and then deprives it of the one venue where that user base could voice its concerns publicly.
And don’t dare tell me about the TW lounge (the Facebook group that Top Writers have access to). I will not have my putative betters speak for me behind my back, and not relay back what was said. Just as I will not break bread with those who assert RAQ served no purpose, and everything is Hunky Dory.
I feel disappointed that the owner of the blog has seen fit to delete the blog without warning, and without public explanation. And I find it difficult not to see her action as a corporate action of Quora’s.
I feel repulsed that Rage Against Quora is gone, and Rave for Quora still exists.
I feel vindicated in all my dark surmises that Quora regards its users as nuisances and expendable. I don’t want to. I have had a wonderful debate with Jennifer Edeburn over at The Insurgency about how unwarranted and counterproductive those surmises are.
But Quora has lost my trust. And this is not how to rebuild it.