The best answer to any question.

Oct. 13 2016 7:04 AM

Can Social Media Fulfill Our Need for Friendship?


Answer by Erica Friedman, 25 years of telling people how to do online community right:



One-hundred percent effectively to 0 percent effectively, depending on the person.



I’m going to propose a person, an average person. Her name is Joanna. Joanna has two kids in their late teens and a job that she likes in an office, and she likes get-togethers with family and friends. She doesn’t travel much, but she and her friends and their spouses often go over to one another’s houses for potluck family parties. She watches TV, sometimes goes out to a movie, and is a casual fan of pop music and culture. She’s moderately physically active. Fairly average, yes?


Oct. 12 2016 7:06 AM

What’s a Potential Epidemic That No One Is Talking About?

Answer by Kamala Tirumalai, immunologist, Ph.D. mycobacteriology, on Quora:

When we hear the word epidemic, we typically think of diseases—often communicable diseases—but maybe we shouldn't. An epidemic that isn't so much potential, but real, has been with us for at least a century and is only increasing in importance: road injuries. Also important to remember that one doesn't need to be a driver to fall victim to road injuries. Victims include cyclists, motorcyclists, passengers, and pedestrians.

Oct. 10 2016 7:03 AM

What Is It Like to Fly Older Aircraft?

Answer by John Chesire, four decades of aviation experience:*

Compared with today’s passenger aircraft, they were much more difficult to fly. The instrumentation was minimal, and the control pressures were like driving a heavy dump truck.

Oct. 9 2016 7:03 AM

Are Self-Published Books Inferior to Professionally Published Books?


Answer by Archie D'Cruz, editor, designer, writer:



To give some context:



One of my clients is a “big five” publisher, based in New York. I also have a few other clients in publishing, ranging in size from fairly large to very small. I also know at least 20 authors who have self-published.


Oct. 8 2016 7:22 AM

How Do Entrepreneurs Think of Ideas for Startups?

Answer by Yair Weinberger, founder of alooma.com:

There is no such thing as an “idea” for a startup, at least not in the sense that most people are thinking about it. At least not in business-to-business, but I suspect not in business-to-consumer either.

What was the “idea” behind Google, Salesforce, or Slack? We used IRC 20 years ago and HipChat two years ago, but the great product and great execution of Slack took the market amazingly fast.

Aug. 30 2016 7:03 AM

Is Sherlock Holmes Rich?

Answer by Kynan Eng, tech startups and research, neuromorphic engineering:

It is not clear if Sherlock Holmes is rich, but he will need a decent after-tax income to live his lifestyle in modern London in 2016: 7,680 pounds ($10,064) per month living on his own or 5,460 pounds ($7,155) living with Watson. Before tax, he will need to make a rather hefty 12,828 pounds ($16,810) per month to live on his own or 8,346 pounds ($10,937) per month with Watson. We’ll assume that he doesn’t have any student loans or special tax exemptions.

Aug. 29 2016 7:08 AM

Do Antibacterial Soaps Do More Harm Than Good?

Answer by Tirumalai Kamala, immunologist, Ph.D., mycobacteriology, on Quora:

Over the years, the consensus that the harm caused by antibacterial soaps outweighs the benefits has indeed coalesced. But to understand how antibacterial soaps could harm, we first need to understand how they differ from regular soaps. Also referred to as antimicrobial or antiseptic soaps, they contain chemicals that regular soaps don't.

Aug. 27 2016 7:10 AM

How Do You Take a Good Selfie?

Answer by Mira Zaslove, shutter-bug, taken thousands upon thousands of photos:

Selfies are tough, because you are both the model and the photographer. Generally, I prefer being behind the camera, rather than in front of it. However, I’ve taken my share of selfies. Most make me cringe, but there are a few things you can do to make them more successful.

Aug. 22 2016 7:12 AM

How Do You Cope With Getting Laid Off?

Answer by Nela Canovic, productivity hacker, writer, and Silicon Valley entrepreneur, on Quora:

Here are five things you can do if you know you're getting laid off:

First, resist getting emotional about it.

Layoffs are more common than you think.

Aug. 20 2016 7:03 AM

Why Do Chimpanzees Have Such Wrinkled Faces?

Answer by Suzanne Sadedin, BSc.(Hons) in zoology; Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, on Quora:

It’s not just chimps. Other apes and their babies are wrinkly, too.

You know who else has a lot of wrinkles? Premature human babies. During the last month of gestation, babies don’t develop much neurologically or physiologically. They just fatten up. Even full-term babies are still kinda wrinkly, but within a few months, they get nice and chubby.