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What are some of the best answers on Quora?

One of the most complete, accurate, yet excruciatingly witty answers I have ever seen—and I have read A LOT around here— is this bit of genius:

Sander Daniels’s answer to What is it like to work at a startup that’s on fire?

Is it entertaining, you ask? Whoo, yes. Sander Daniels is spot-on, and yet Shakespearean-ly sneaky. 🙂

I’d like to say “I’ll come back and add more links when other brilliant answers need to get more attention,” but I might not.

I’m not sure I want to dilute the power of this brilliant roman-à-clef of SV startup life.


EDIT 15 Oct 2011:

Well, it took months, but I do have to add one.

Lex Cooke’s answer to How do men feel about women who don’t expend much effort on appearances (e.g., clothes, makeup)?

No better set-up has ever been used on Quora: an exquisite extended metaphor that will have you smiling, scratching your head, and then burning bright in your aha! moment—

and then Lex Cooke answers the question. Funny, touching, and actually uplifting/empowering in a funny way—if you know a young woman who worries about such things, let her read this and worry no more.


EDIT 18 Dec 2012:

Sugandha Banga’s answer to Will I ever be happy again after the loss of my only child?

The honesty, wisdom, and compassion Sugandha Banga exhibits in this answer is ART. If you read no other “bests,” please don’t miss this answer.


EDIT 7 Jan 2013:

(How did more utter brilliance occur again so soon?)

Anonymous’s answer to What is it like to talk to a serial killer?

Never in the history of Quora has the power of being Anon been so wisely deployed. I dare you not to get chills as you read this answer.

I dare you not to want to thank Anon for going through this, instead of you.


EDIT 1 Jul 2013:

Dan Holliday’s answer to How do we challenge traditional practices such as female genital mutilation without forcing our views on other cultures?

Rage, barely contained, in the service of asking us all to see the world in fewer shades of grey. Sometimes there is a right and a wrong, and not just a “how I see it” and “how you see it.” Thank you, Dan Holliday.


EDIT 23 Aug 2013:

Marcus Geduld’s answer to Do women, deep down inside, like being stalked? I think that if a stalker is within his limits and is only being appreciative, women like it. Am I right?

This is not an easy question to answer with objectivity… or even to read with objectivity. Yet Marcus Geduld manages to do that, and to explore this question with incredible depth, nuance, and understanding—not just of a woman’s perspective, but I believe also of where a man who asked this question might have been coming from. As he often does, Marcus takes a question where a knee-jerk answer would have been easy—and then walks down the more difficult path, making it look easy.


EDIT 22 Dec 2013:

Christopher Reiss’s answer to I am drinking and driving a lot. What are some things I can do to stop myself? I have never been caught.

I’m still reeling from the brilliance of this answer. Heartbreaking, brutal, with the ghost of Rod Serling helping Christopher Reiss to make his point. May this cruel beauty of an answer help a great many people.


EDIT 3 Apr 2014:

Suzanne Sadedin’s answer to Why do women have periods? What is the evolutionary benefit or purpose of having periods? Why can’t women just get pregnant without the menstrual cycle?

“Wow, just wow,” doesn’t quite do it for Suzanne Sadedin‘s extraordinary answer. It’s both scientifically well-presented, and accessible—even entertaining (!!)—for us mere mortals. Fascinating read, and just the sort of thing I keep coming back to Quora for, year after year.


EDIT 18 Nov 2014:

Chloe Shani Malveaux’s answer to Why do some people think Kim’s cover photo on Paper was racist?

Some folks might think this question didn’t need more than a couple-of-sentence answer. Not Chloe Shani Malveaux. She dove in and gave one of the most comprehensive, intelligent, and irrefutable answers on this whole darned site—it must have taken a long time to write this magnificent mini-essay, but boy, was it worth it. DO click through to read, and to be forced to think harder than you will anyplace else, all week long. Maybe all month long.


EDIT 18 Sep 2015:

Adam Rauscher’s answer to What are some of the greatest acting performances to not win an Oscar? Why?

At last count there are forty-three answers on this question. Lots of very good nominees for greatest performance not to win an Oscar. But nobody fully took on the single word “Why?” in a truly masterful way until Adam Rauscher. His answer is packed with thoughtful observations on the film industry and bunches more nominations for “greatest.” It will leave you wanting to put every single film on your to-do list, to examine the performances again from Adam’s thought-provoking perspective.


EDIT 13 Jun 2018:

Sometimes one gets Quora-weary, thinking maybe the best answers have all been written. Then along comes a spate of mind-blowing genius to remind you that there is always knowledge out there in someone’s head, waiting for the right moment to expand yours. Three such answers have come along in quick succession that I must add to this answer of mine:

Dan Hoffmann’s answer to What makes a screenplay appear to be written by an amateur?

Some are things you know. Some are things you kinda know, Some are “whoa, never thought of that!” But the presentation of this wisdom is so dead-on that every word feels like a revelation, and I guarantee that whether you’ll ever tackle this genre or not, Dan Hoffmann’s screenwriting advice can (should!) be put it to use in your other writing, as well.


Habib Fanny’s answer to If you could give advice to the Democratic party, what would it be?

Such genius from Habib Fanny that I immediately cc’d my Senator on it. Simplicity itself, as the best Qanswers are, yet so insightful it makes you wonder why this isn’t available in tattoo form.


Maxwell Arnold’s answer to Why aren’t discount stores like Ross and TJMaxx getting as hurt by Amazon as other retailers?

Mystery! Deeply understand this one-word answer from Maxwell Arnold, with its accompanying explanation, and you might be able to start a revolution in your own retail business.

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And two that are not brand-new, but have been nagging at me since the day that I read each with their thoughtful genius and relevance beyond their original intentions, and should have made it to this list long ago:

David S. Rose’s answer to How does Quora make money? (originally answered: Should Quora hire someone dedicated to exploring ways to monetize the site?)

The more you see businesses from the inside, the more you can pinpoint where they’re at and where they’re going in ways that may not be so obvious to outsiders. Who better than David S. Rose, entrepreneur, dedicated startup investor, and advisor, to attack the idea that Q has ever been wondering where they are going. Succinct and smart.


The most considered followup possible to that answer must be Scott Welch’s answer to When will Quora be closed?

Scott Welch answers, turns his own thinking 360°, re-answers, and leaves his thought process out for us all to learn from. I don’t think a working-day has gone by since reading those two answers when I haven’t been at least somewhat influenced by their words.


EDIT 22 Aug 2018:

Jim Moore’s answer to Was U.S. Representative Ron DeSantis correct when he called former CIA director John Brennan a communist?

The very definition of “deep dive,” Jim Moore found bits of evidence all over the web—then pushed, prodded, and hauled them into place perfectly to build a comprehensive and unassailable fortress of evidence for his answer to this question. Mic drop. Somebody will try to assail it, I suppose. But it’ll be nerf guns on mile-high granite.


EDIT 25 Jul 2019:

Mike Jones’s answer to When you watch a stadium filled with white people chanting “Send her back!” about a US Congresswoman and our President silently endorses it, what comes up for you?

What so many of us want to say, but aren’t articulate enough to manage. With his characteristic patience and thoroughness, Mike Jones captures the terror of watching one’s own country descending into the very heart of darkness—by describing the way each day’s “new normal” can inure many people to descending into the next level of hatred, where they can’t see the darkness that has swallowed them. And he asks us all to act. Silence is complicity. Be a voice for the voiceless.

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I refuse to say “I’ll never come back here and add more,” because eventually, someone else is going to blow me away. Again. Thank you all.