3 Big Reasons Why Upvote Sites Are The Future Of Community Driven Brands

Here's why upvoting content is a sustainable mechanism to grow and moderate a community driven website.

With Stack Exchange recently receiving $40 million to build out its massive question and answer network from one of the top investors in Silicon Valley, Reddit hitting the 10th most visited website on the Internet and Quora touching a billion dollar valuation, it has become apparent that upvotes are a sustainable mechanism to grow and moderate a community driven website.

 

Quora

Made public in 2010, Quora is the Q&A website that overtook the reigning leading of Yahoo Answers. Yahoo Answers was founded in 2005, but has since lost its popularity to Q&A sites who properly reward good answers for their quality.

On Quora, users are rewarded 10 credits per upvote they receive on an answer they gave or by asking questions that other users opt to follow. This promotes relevant and valuable conversations. You can use your credits to send notifications about your questions to industry leaders who may be able to offer the best answer.

Additionally, while Yahoo Answers sorts answers by relevance, Quora sorts them by the most upvotes, ensuring the best answers are brought to the top for easy access to the best information. Yahoo Answers allows a best answer to be accepted which is not ideal since the circumstances can change as years go back, making the answer a bad answer.

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By leveraging upvotes to reward users and keep the best content at users’ fingertips, Quora has secured a position as one of the top Q&A sites.

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For example, if someone asked “What is the best phone on the market?” in 2010, the accepted answer may have been the BlackBerry. Five years later, the correct answer may be leaning in the direction of a top android device or iPhone. This brings forward the need to ask some questions continuously, bringing more clutter to the Yahoo Answers site with the same question.

On Quora, old answers are downvoted and better, more current answers are upvoted, keeping the best answers at the top. If questions ask for opinions, such as “What is the best smartphone?,” rewarding answers by the best answer would not necessarily make sense.

By leveraging upvotes to reward users and keep the best content at users’ fingertips, Quora has secured a position as one of the top Q&A sites.

 

Stack Exchange

After recently receiving a $40 million round led by Andreessen Horowitz, one of Quora’s biggest competitors is Stack Exchange.

Stack Exchange is a popular network of professional Q&A websites, best known for Stack Overflow which is their Q&A for professional and enthusiast programmers. Unlike Quora, Stack Exchange does not allow questions that ask for opinions or those that have been asked before. All questions are heavily monitored by elected moderators and questions that don’t follow the rules are closed.

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The community moderators are what keeps Stack Exchange’s quality at its best, allowing the most knowledgeable experts to easily answer questions in need.

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Questions and answers can be voted to add or subtract reputation from the user. With reputation, users can set a bounty on a question which will draw attention and attract more and better answers. At the end of the bounty period, the bounty reputation can be given to an answerer of your choice.

The community moderators are what keeps Stack Exchange’s quality at its best, allowing the most knowledgeable experts to easily answer questions in need.

 

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