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- Lessons From Thinking Fast and Slow
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- What Is Jeff Bezos's "Day 1" Philosophy?
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Lessons From Thinking Fast and Slow
NelsonMinar on May 25, I want to highlight one part of my blog post no one's picked up on: "some engineer actually wrote code to deliberately break document sharing on the web. And he or she spends that time developing new ways to make it hard to read text on a web page. Frankly making fun of Quora and Scribd is like shooting fish in a barrel, but sometimes it's helpful to articulate the obvious.
You say our motivation is "to force users to pay or share advertising data or some such bullshit". Actually, we don't charge users anything, and we don't run ads or sell user data or anything like that. We only try to get users to sign up because they have a better experience when they do and in the long term they write more answers and more knowledge gets shared that way. You may not want to sign up yourself, or you may disagree with this tradeoff on principle, which is fine, but I want people to understand the motivation.
We just want to increase the total amount of knowledge shared. But a lot of people do join and start to use Quora regularly, a lot more than if there was no requirement, and those people end up contributing so many more answers that we judge this to be the right decision for the long term. In fact, at this point, most of the answers written every day would not exist if we had not had the signup requirement. I realize that this choice makes the product worse for people who refuse to join. But in the counterfactual world Quora is a product with much less coverage of any topic, and that is a much lower quality experience for users.
We are trading off a little annoyance at first for a much better experience and the ability to access a vastly larger base of content in the long term. NelsonMinar on June 2, Thanks for the thoughtful response, I'll link it in my blog post.
My apologies for mischaracterizing Quora as running ads. How is someone who builds software to sell digital goods any different? They deliberately put a border in between the user and the content music, ebooks, software, etc. I don't see many people complaining about that. You don't see many people hating DRMs? Anyway, the point you were answering to specifically mentioned "make it hard to read text on a web page".
Quora is dangerously close to being a nuisance with all the pointless emails they send. I think I browsed the site a half dozen times max, and contributed to two-three questions. Now I get daily emails about distant friends activity on Quora. LinkedIn this the only site I've been tricked into joining that is worse with their spammy emails. Quora's principle crime is breaking the sharing nature of the Web and polluting search engine results with inaccessible content.
Pretty much precisely what Scribd does. I get "things you might be interested" emails from Quora all the time. I used to only get those once a week but now it has come to about once every two days. Good thing I don't actively monitor my "all mail".
Lately, I use the search feature in my gmail quite often. People will hunt me down in person or by phone etc and ask me about the email they sent me. Then, I go into my gmail and find the email in question. You can turn off these emails though, surely? At least, you can with linkedin, as I have.
I am not a quora user, so I can't talk there. That said, I usually go with the email-alias trick. If I want rid of that sites email because they won't respect my unsubscribes, I just remove that alias. I have maildrop set up, but no rules in force to delete stuff, just to move. Yes, you can turn off those emails. All you have to do is un-click 25 checkboxes! Holy shit, I thought you were kidding.
I am glad you included the screenshot! For lack of better words, Quora has always struck me as expertsexchange 2. There is nothing wrong with being the reincarnate For comparison, I consider Reddit, with its thousands of subreddits to be a form of usenet 2. Don't forget you'll have to re-un-click them every time they add another point to the list! Schwolop on May 26, Just to hold off on the Quora bashing for a few seconds - I've used Quora since , and they actually have not ever added a new email item defaulting to on for me at least, maybe I'm in some grandfathered category.
They've done heaps of annoying shit, but that in particular is one of the few things they haven't done. Or click the unsubscribe all link at the bottom of every single email they send. Is this legal after the can spam act?? Every email they send includes a link to unsubscribe from all emails in one click.
All I did was sign up so I could read some answers. Over the next week I was bombarded with emails. I checked the settings and when I registered they had signed me up to be emailed about a dozen different things. It's almost as bad as LinkedIn. There is a clear one-click unsubscribe link at the bottom of every single email we send, and there always has been. It says: "To disable all email from Quora, visit the following link: Unsubscribe.
I never get daily emails, but regardless, they provide fine-grained control over unsubscribing to these emails. If you receive them daily, you might want to take 5 minutes and opt out. And that means I will never read email from that sender again, not even in my spam folder, unless I am expecting e-mail and temporarily remove it from my blacklist.
Stealing five minutes of the lives of each of thousands or millions of people is why spammers are scum. Not only is the user experience terrible it also has the smell of a bad neighborhood with all the pirated content it offers. Today I incidentally read the current March "Gutenberg 3.
It seems to be from an anti-piracy lobbying group, so its obviously biased, but it mentions Scribd even before Library Genesis. That being said: Scribd seems to be or has been? This is somewhat off topic, but I've always thought of Library Genesis as a modern-day Library of Alexandria. Both contain vast stores of priceless knowledge, and both employ ed somewhat less than optimal means of obtaining their books.
I wonder if the individuals who wrote that report can see the similarities too. It's going to be a sad day if they manage to raze LibGen as well. Interesting insight. I've only recently found LibGen, and it's simply amazing for conducting research. I expect it will be attacked, possibly successfully, but other alternatives will rise to take its place.
More like the Dailymotion or the Vimeo, but I see what you mean. I wonder if you could add a condition to a document's license, CC or whatever, forbidding it being hosted behind any kind of pay- or signup-wall?
That might well be a hack around Scribd's methods. When you take an investor's money and lack the ability to generate revenue, you're forced to use shady 'growth hacking' techniques in order to fake hockey stick metrics for the purpose of finding additional investors ad infinitum. Well, you keep doing this until you get 'acquired. Yeah, I think Quora only makes sense if they are bought and a piece of it is implemented within one of the giants like Google.
It's an interesting new business model I guess. Yahoo Answers is already scary enough. I couldn't agree more. I have long though Scribd was toxic and a terrible idea in an age where browsers render PDFs flawlessly and that was before I knew of the find issues and DRM font.
I have avoided Scribd links like the plague as every time I have accidentally go to their website I have found navigating scrolling the PDF to be nearly unusable and I despise how small the view port is.
To be honest I have no clue what other content surrounds the document which I attribute in part to "Ad blindness" and I won't be checking now because I don't want to give them the page view.
As for Quora it is Experts Exchange 2. Hiding community sourced knowledge behind a login is shameful and disgusting. Especially since, if memory serves, they started out allowing you to see all the content then later added the blurring and popup.
Thankfully I didn't pay much attention to Quora prior to this change and so I don't have any knowledge of mine locked up in. If I had I would delete my responses and repost the question and my answer to the appropriate Stack Exchange site. I'm on mobile right now but once back at my computer I plan on adding both of these sites to my hosts file as I refuse to be an accomplice to or support their shady practices.
Thank you for highlighting what I have long thought about Quora and fully opening my eyes to the sins of Scribd which I have long disliked but lacked the interest to fully investigate. Karunamon on May 25, Scribd seems unambiguously terrible DRM fonts? That's a whole new level of garbage , but I find it really hard to say the same about Quora unless you're confirmation-bias-ing your way to portray them in a bad light.
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NelsonMinar on May 25, I want to highlight one part of my blog post no one's picked up on: "some engineer actually wrote code to deliberately break document sharing on the web. And he or she spends that time developing new ways to make it hard to read text on a web page. Frankly making fun of Quora and Scribd is like shooting fish in a barrel, but sometimes it's helpful to articulate the obvious. You say our motivation is "to force users to pay or share advertising data or some such bullshit".
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What Is Jeff Bezos's "Day 1" Philosophy?
It is full of interesting studies that have been performed over the years to learn how to think about thinking and how we generally react to different situations. There are investment implications is this book but also behavioral studies that we can use outside of our finances. System 1 is our intuition. System 2 is our more logical, deliberate way of processing thoughts and thinking things through. System 2 is lazier than System 1, which causes us to use hunches based on System 1 when we are presented with too much information.