Quora Highlights Top Writers, From Cops To Venture CapitalistsOctober 29, 2012
by Tomio Geron
Quora is recognizing the top contributors to its question and answer website through a new Top Writers program–and they are not who you might expect.
The program recognizes its best contributors–who provide the lifeblood of the site–based on three criteria: best quality contributions over the past year, and best contributions overall, and topic expertise in a specific area. While some of them are professional writers or journalists, most of them are not. The group includes 493 people from 30 countries, including lawyers, doctors, police officers, pilots, prison inmates, professors, engineers and venture capitalists.
The five top subjects among them are Movies, Food, Startups, Psychology and U.S. Politics. The median in the group has posted more than 350 answers.
“Over the last six months we’ve really seen an explosion of content on the site,” says Marc Bodnick of Quora. “We’ve seen so many people: high school and college students policemen, military, photographers, and pilots. So we decided to create a program to recognize some of the best writers on the site.”
Those who make the list will get recognized with a special badge on their Quora profile page.
With its Silicon Valley roots–the company is most famous for its founders who came from Facebook Charlie Cheever and Adam D’Angelo–Quora started out with content that focused on technology, but much of the site is outside of geek content, Bodnick says. The Top Writers program will help highlight writers in a number of non-tech, mainstream categories. ”I do think the right goal is to keep driving forward to more and more areas and more across the spectrum of human interest and knowledge,” says Bodnick, a former cofounder of Elevation Partners.
Quora in May raised $50 million at a $400 million valuation led by former Facebook investor Peter Thiel. The company has not added advertising or other monetization yet.