My experiment with lies

5 Mar
2013

Though I love Quora, I see it tending towards the mass appeal category. Funny answers with no relevance to the question, celebrity responses much lower in quality, non-serious take on the questions – all these are drawing more votes than others. It doesn’t bother me on an intellectual level, but it does throw the answers I truly like below the order.

When I opened Quora last night I had a run of questions where the best answers where not even in the top 5-10 responses, pulled down by lower-quality-high-appeal answers.

I decided to conduct an experiment on one such question.

Posing anonymously, I replied on a life question, about something that didn’t happen to me. Rather my friend. However I replied as if it happened to me.
I lied!

But the incident is truly one of the best responses that could exist for that question. My experiment was – will it rise up the ranks, anonymously! No humor, definitely no celebrity. And no smart alec answer. Simple plain admission of an event in one’s life.

I woke up this morning to see the answer gone viral. 1400+ votes as of now, 53 heartwarming comments
The most touching aspect was people spending their credits to promote the answer. Whatever they had – people promoting it to 20 people – 40 people!

My experiment of lies succeeded. People exist!

4 Responses to My experiment with lies

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Ishita

March 18th, 2013 at 2:00 am

well mass appeal winning over intellect…hmm doesnt it happen like almost EVERYWHERE…politics, work..life!!

well came across your blog while I was applying to ISB , its pretty good I must say…
well I didn’t get in..anyhow I am really enjoying reading the non-ISB posts now (while I mope :( )

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Surendra

April 2nd, 2013 at 9:37 pm

What about you? You are own business standing on lies

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Surendra

April 2nd, 2013 at 9:40 pm

You have no rights to call other lairs.. Your business is itself a lie and you cheat all the customers.

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Vikas Singh

April 4th, 2013 at 1:07 pm

What I know your company is the biggest cheaters and lairs … Groupon is fraud filled with dumb people stupid people

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