Quora has some truly smart people on it. Depths of knowledge on ancient Rome, science, weird math, WW2, lots of esoteric stuff you to enjoy while queuing up to pay for your groceries or while getting your car washed.
I mostly answered posts on novel writing. I am beginning to be successful with that and saw questions and advice which horrified me, so I thought I would help out a little. I have about 1.1 million views, I’m not selling seminars or anything and I rarely mentioned my own books unless it was spot on for the question.
I was not involved in the Quora universe of ‘Top Writers’ or any of that. Quora first went south when they adjusted their business model to reward (pay) for questions. Of course then the idiots came out of the woodwork. This was manageable, because you just have to ‘Pass’ on their questions. Next, the moderators ‘Mods’ became more aggressive. God forbid you challenge any ‘progressive’ dogma, or even suggest an actual fact that anyone could research for themselves in two seconds.
Then it got worse by enabling posters to shut off comments. You could post anything and no one could challenge it. Is this starting to sound familiar?
I am a great proponent of free speech. I want Woody Allen’s memoir published, John Bolton’s book, everything… the market place and history will sort it out. Look at Hillary Clinton’s memoir, no one cared and the publisher took a bath, which will hopefully teach them a lesson.
But what is trending now is new anti-Semitic voices, which the moderators ignore, even though posts have recently increased. I am not Jewish, I am Christian, but as the saying goes after they come for the Jews they will come for the Christians and then they will come for you.
The sky is darkening.
Yes we are all distracted with Covid-19 and the economy and survival, which is as it should be. But spare a moment for the larger picture, because when the current malaise ends, you and your children will hopefully still be here and you might not like what was taken from us while we were distracted.
Israel just announced that they will be immigrating 50,000 French Jews and a ten year plan beyond that, due to rising anti-Jewish sentiment in France. I am not a sociologist so I will not comment on the Muslim influence there, or in Michigan, except to say that when you take the train from De Gaulle airport most of the graffiti is in Arabic.
So I am done and I feel bad. Going forward I will post writing articles on Writer’s Cooperative which I trust will be helpful.
I respectfully suggest that you read or re-read Orwell’s Animal Farm and Nineteen Eighty-Four and Kafka’s The Trial and keep a wary eye on our media and our politicians. They do not have your back.