Quora

I’m not sure what people think of Quora these days. The only time I hear it mentioned is when friends annoyed they can’t read much on it without logging in.

I quite like it, especially since they let you opt back in to their weekly newsletter. When Jason Kottke mentioned the newsletter I’d already opted out and there was no way to opt back in. Now you can do so in the preferences somewhere. There are always several things I want to click through and read, which is unusual for any other regular email I’ve ever subscribed to.

Like the rest of the web there is a high signal-to-noise ratio so finding an existing answer to something can take time, but there’s often good stuff in there. It’s handy for asking things that (in my case) aren’t technically specific enough to be asked on Stack Overflow or similar.

Whenever I do go there to read I also find myself getting sucked in to writing. When answering a question I try not to simply repeat what others have said, or increase the noise by rambling on about stuff I don’t know much about. And yet I still find myself writing things. Here are some recent answers I’ve posted there (YES YOU’LL PROBABLY HAVE TO LOG IN TO READ THEM, WHATEVER):

It feels unusual for me to write much on a third-party site, but somehow Quora encourages me to do that just enough to make it seem easy and worthwhile. And this post is partly just an excuse to link to things that I’ve written there.

30 Nov 2013 at Twitter

  • 11:34pm: @antimega Only 26 minutes until I can allow myself one. But I must go to bed now. Tomorrow, my beauties…
  • 11:28pm: Got home hungry. Thought I’d run out of muesli. But no! Found a box at the back of the cupboard! It’s like middle class Santa has visited!
  • 4:00pm: @anneshewring You are the Bear Grylls of Fitzrovia.
  • 3:08pm: A service that Shazams all the tracks in a 1hr+ mix and uses Genius or similar to create a multi-hour (if poorly-mixed) version of it.
  • 2:51pm: “What are the best books on X?” yields hundreds of different answers including a link to “The 100 best books on X from 2013”. Yay Internet.
  • 11:14am: (A shame that Google Web Font lacks more unicode characters. You pay your money (or not), you takes your choice.)
  • 11:13am: Lithuania! You now have your own Twelescreen twelescreen.com/lt/ (Thanks @IdeaG). Any other countries want one?
  • 7:43am: @thisisaaronland Morning!

30 Nov 2013 in Links

On this day I was reading