The Q&A site Quora ranks all the answers of different topics with a ranking algorithm, just as Google’s, Yahoo’s and Bing’s search algorithms that rank web pages on organic search engine results pages.
How Quora’s Algorithm Ranks Answers
Quora’s CEO Adam D’Angelo briefly explains Quora’s ranking algorithm for answers.
In Quora, upvotes, downvotes, and history and credibility of an answerer can all contribute to the ranking of answers.
- Upvotes may improve the ranking of your answers.
- Downvotes may decrease the ranking of your answers.
Votes from different users may or may not count more or less weight to answers.
- Upvotes and/or downvotes from answerers who have previously given good answers on Quora will count more weight to the ranking of your answers.
- Answers provided by an answerer who have previously given good answers on Quora will be ranked highers.
- The role of an answer (admin/reviewer/user) does not affect the ranking of answers.
Quora’s ranking algorithm is valid as of February 5 and may change as Quora improves.
How Quora Fights Spammed Answers
To minimize the effect of spammed answers:
- Votes from users detected to be spamming Quora’s ranking algorithm will be minimized or not be counted.
Quora’s has strict policies/rules on voting answers:
Solicitation for upvotes is not allowed on Quora.com and users are not allowed make offers to (1) buy upvotes, (2) reward users for upvotes with consideration, and/or (3) trade for upvotes.
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