What the frak is Quora?

It's a new(ish) social network built around questions and answers. Is it worth your time and bother? Good question.

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is quora less fun than a heart attack?

The problem with this scheme: As with many things on the Web, a great many people are quite certain they know what they’re talking about, even if they actually don’t (see pompous and condescending, above). Many of the questions are really asking for people’s opinions; as the old saying goes, like certain bodily orifaces, everybody’s got 'em. And the folks running Quora seem to entirely lack a) a sense of humor, and b) a stupidity filter.

So while you’ll have a hard time finding funny questions or answers, you will find some truly dumb ones (which can be amusing in their own right).

Me, I like a little snark with my information, just as I like a little hot sauce on my eggs. So the deep earnestness of Quora is a bit of a turnoff; it's like eating unsalted oatmeal, 24/7. I'm not willing to ditch it entirely yet, because I suspect it is possible that one day I'll need the answer to a question and find it there. Hasn't happened yet though. Your mileage may vary.

ITworld TY4NS blogger Dan Tynan is now taking your questions. Ask him anything; just don't expect a straight answer. Take a walk with him on the snider side at eSarcasm (Geek Humor Gone Wild) or follow him on Twitter:@tynan_on_tech.

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