I will reply from two perspectives.
Experience speaks more like book replies
I have been working in the financial industry for decades, most of them as a business analyst.My field of expertise means that I translate the business domain (investing) into the process and IT domain.
I spend a lot of time doing the “why” we do things, then “what” we do, and only then the “how”.In the books It is fine how a fixed income value works, or how the yield of a share can be determined. What can make you more difficult to get out of the books is how a fixed income or equity investment contributes to the achievement of the objectives of pension funds: coverage level protection and low premiums. Someone with a lot of experience in a field can establish the relationship between the “book knowledge” and what this actually means.
Another example: My supervisor has a background in physics and quantum mechanics as a subarea.He can explain exactly where in the technological developments (think chips and LEDs) This has played a role and why Einstein got his Nobel prize.
The way of presenting your answer is enormously important.
If I make a presentation for the management This is a very different presentation as that for a department or group of Specialists.
But I can also make a one-page (often A3) in which I can very accurately put down a presentation on which management can act, and on which content experts can know exactly what is going on and what is expected of them.This is an “art” that you shouldn’t underestimate.
At Quora I often do not give myself the time to present my answers in this way.I write a lot more from the loose wrist, although I often ask for some time let alone before I answer (reply later). Then I had the time to think about my answer.
But when it comes to the presentation, I often work from a single A4 to ten to twenty pages, to fold it back to one A4 or A3.
To indicate how tricky this is: My supervisor asks me with some regularity to set up or adapt his presentations.
I have also created a number of standard templates that are now increasingly used in my team to present large amounts of relevant data.
I never wrote for upvotes.I write because I think someone has something to it. And if that results in an upvote, thank you so much. But I don’t like my upvotes. I have replies with one or two upvotes, but the person who asked the question sent a personal thank you. At such a moment the number of upvotes is totally irrelevant, because someone indicates that the answer has an impact on him or her.
My advice: build knowledge about experiential knowledge, and learn how to present your answers.Add something unique, something people think about.
What makes Quora such a fine site is that people in their own words and with their own experience give answers to your questions.We can all do our questions or look up in books, but we are curious about how others look at them and what they have in response to the questions. So it is important to give your own answer, based on the information and knowledge you have. IPV to take over volumes.
Also, I wouldn’t get too much focus on upvotes.It’s about sharing your knowledge, experience and opinion. Not to give the most sought after answer. The upvote system is not only based on how good your answer is. They are individual people who give upvotes and who all think in a different way. So there is not 1 good answer, but lots of good answers.
Try to put your info in your own words.Something may be true, but if it looks like copy pasting, I could have also googling it myself.
Also, try to tell more about what appeals to you, what you’re excited about, and tell people why it makes you excited.Tell the things no one else can tell. This requires exercise. Just try it and it will go ever better.
What’s also tricky is that people often upvote names instead of replies.Which sometimes makes you see that a known person who has an answer of 1 rule has more upvote than the best answer. That’s not fun, but it’s like that.
Don’t pull too much in regards to upvotes.
I sometimes get upvotes for replies I extracted straight from Wiki.I find that punishment. I put that in there because I want to make a statement. And yet! Certainly simple questions as described here “what is the distance Terra-Luna?”. What added value can you still give?
I would like to give an upvote to someone who can explain a tedious and long answer from Wiki.
Personally I find experiential questions or opinions finer.And no, I don’t have to agree with an answer to give an upvote at all.
It is very difficult to answer this question.
As I do (note the quotes!) “The only correct answer” would give, I would speak without permission on behalf of all Dutch Quoranen.
I can and should only speak on my own behalf, so here is my personal opinion.
It is very important that an answer is actually correct.
If someone asks, how far the moon is from the earth and I say “a thousand kilometers”, that answer is factually incorrect.
You have overcome that risk by looking up the answer in books. That’s wonderful and that avoids mistakes, but it’s not very personal.
Factual questions are the facts.But questions about politics or history or philosophical questions are about subjective opinions.
Then some people want a personal element in the answer.They want an experience; a perception.
I have learned more from people with a multiple personality in which I have been involved, than from the literature, which is impersonal.
Also humor in an answer, or satire can cause people to seize or think. If people get emotionally involved or are affected or if you are interested in or make a statement or confront them, more people will read you than if you pass the “book Science on Quora”.
Also good examples, which you have devised yourself or real sincere and original opinions will put people to think….. and thus to reading an answer.
So it’s not just about facts!
The assertion that water boils at a hundred degrees Celsius is correct, but with that I will not get a million upvotes and nine million readers on the English variant of Quora!
Try to show something of yourself, give something of yourself.Not only from the books, which you quote.
Answer more subjective questions, not just factual questions.
Try to develop your own style, to be recognizable.So people will appreciate your answers! Not just to the actual correctness of the answer provided, but because you have given your personal style an added value.
Work out your own experiences in the answer and send out a message.
Make it YOUR answer in YOUR style, that readers find fun or interesting or exciting or provocative or confrontational.
I wish you a lot of strength!
I get upvotes of answers coming from myself… No books.Man If you only count on Upvotes… Almost feels like you’re just looking for likes on Facebook?
You probably don’t understand them.(Is not written from a book, this)
Short but powerful (I hope)
Because you are on Quora, people read more than they are up-voten and then go to the next question.It doesn’t reflect your answer by definition.
Apparently, the answers read that they were literally transferred from a book, an article, without having any sense of business.This lack of insight from the writer leads to a bad presentation, well, who still needs it?
In the early stages of the English-language Quora (pre 2012, when it was “Invitaton only” to ensure quality), answers that were clearly written from another source were refused, rightly so.
You should limit your answers to writing about topics you know a lot about, supplemented with links to scientific articles (no gossip press please) to substantiate your assertions, the love with graphs because this is the Easiest and the strongest happens.Takes much more effort, but is therefore reading value.
Tranwritten replies i skip, I downvote, and give them TL DL (too long, didn’t read) as comments.
A single time someone has completely deposited on something, and in that way much knowledge has been collected, if such a person writes about this topic his answers are often also interesting to read.