Quora is a place where people share, contribute and grow the world’s knowledge. A vast amount of the information that would be valuable to many people is currently only available to a few — either locked in people’s minds or only accessible to selected groups. Quora helps connect the people who have knowledge in their respective fields to the people who need it, to bring together people with different perspectives so they can understand each other better, and to empower everyone to share their knowledge for the benefit of the rest of the world.
The value of the content far outweighs anything on existing social media platforms, which makes Quora a really exciting example of how much value can be tapped from the wisdom of crowds. If you like learning and interacting with interesting and generous intellectuals, Quora is way ahead of the curve in terms of making this process seamless.
In addition, it’s wonderful to have such an astonishing breadth of information on tap. Quora is home to the curiosity that drives questions of how and why, and it’s difficult to imagine a project more important than expanding and sharing knowledge.
Quora has Quora Partner Program which is a way to compensate Quora users who make great contributions to the product and the community. Thinking about new ways to compensate for different kinds of contributions from different individuals. Since the launch of the program, Partners have contributed some of the best new questions for writers to answer. The goal of the program is to not only ensure that the best questions exist on Quora but that writers are getting the opportunity to answer them. One big limitation of the current program is that Partners only get compensated for new questions. So going forward, Quora is also going to allow Partners to get compensated for answer requests on existing questions.
This means we can find a good question that already exists on Quora, decide that it would benefit from a new answer, send a request to a writer, and get compensated if they write an answer. Payment works exactly the same way that it does when you ask new questions, it’s just going to come from the answers from our requests. So we will look for questions that will be most helpful to people in the long term.
This changes new question asking compensation in a couple of ways. When we ask a new question, we are compensated in the same way as before but we are also compensated for the requests we send on that question. So to maximize our earning on the questions we ask, we should make sure to send out some requests. If we never send requests for answers today, we will likely earn less going forward.