Is it bad to ask questions on Quora which could be easily answered?

Quora Policies and Guidelines: Is it bad to ask questions on Quora which could be easily answered on Google?

No. These questions are encouraged as they fit into our mission to share and grow the world's knowledge.

Here's some more of our rationale behind this policy. I'll call questions to which the answer can be found easily via a search engine "easy questions".

  1. When someone has a question, they often don't know whether it's an easy question or not without doing a search. We wouldn't want everyone to have to preemptively search Google before posting a question on Quora.
  2. Even if that individual person might have been better off using a search engine for that question than asking on Quora in the short run, their question adds to the collection, and once we get a good answer to it, anyone who has that question in the future will be able to get straight to that. Additionally, the question will be browsable in whatever topics it's added to, it will show up in related questions, and others will be able to reference it from their own answers to different questions.
  3. Often the ideal answer we can provide for an easy question is better than what could be quickly found via a search engine. The answer could come from an expert who is well known to be authoritative on the subject, it could explain the reasons why the answer is correct, and it could give a reader more confidence in the answer than a search engine result page.
  4. There are a smaller number of easy questions than hard questions, and we should be able to tackle most of them and accumulate a set of great answers to them, so the ongoing burden on the community of answering easy questions should be limited.
  5. Easy questions are often the way someone new to Quora will test out the system. Getting a response like "go Google it" or getting ignored will turn them away and make Quora less valuable for everyone.

The one exception to this is easy questions that are not reusable. We wouldn't want to have every possible sum of three digit numbers like "what is 432+458" and "what is 432+459" and "what is 432+460", etc., in the system. But it would be fine for us to have "what is the capital of X" for every country X, since those questions are useful to others.

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Google作为最知名的搜索引擎,互联网是公开又信息汇集的地方,搜索可以很方便的找到”同种属性“的问题知识,但是也仅仅是维基一样的百科解释,权威性未知,(或许会增加欺骗性和误导性)。
但是问答作为web2.0新的产物,终极会比搜索好用很多,至少在真正的”问题“(puzzled)面前,一个人的“搜索”(识辨)能力是仅仅有限并且无法在短时间内获得认证和交流

Quora(or“略晓”/知乎/知道)问答“社交”,你可以与很多回答问题的人继续交流讨论。

很多问题的答案可以从百度、谷歌搜索得到,但是质量良莠不齐,特别是百度知道,相信你也有相同的感触。
但是略晓、知乎类似的问答网站就不同了,回答问题的人都很有热情,写的答案一大堆而且都是经过思考的,很少有复制粘贴过来的(复制,也最大程度上帮助(缩短)了提问者的检索时间(搜索范围会增大)),纵使有的答案不是提问者想要的,但是可以从回答中看出别人的思考方式,而且很重要的一点就是,回答的人多了,就很容易产生争论和分歧,这点很好,有分歧更能使客观答案产生。
经过个人筛选过的答案,然后汇集起来,更接近true。

经过提问——被搜索——被回答/讨论——吸收,定论——维基

所以以后的问答,更像一个社会,一本没有开启的维基书,被社会化,被人性化,并且更好更快的解决问题(因为有人)

我还在想Siri作为一个可“调教”工具,(人人小黄鸡)这种语音一问一答的普及,以及“信息识别”,当你问到某街道某咖啡厅的特色是什么的时候,Siri当前可以告诉你怎么去,但是我想如果通过问答维基化以后,在Siri信息库,或许到那天甚至可以告诉你咖啡厅老板娘的手机号码哦~~