Simple Research Study – Good Questions to Ask

Quora Question Wording



Quora is a popular social media platform dedicated to asking and answering questions. Quora is ranked globally as 135th most popular website, and the 62nd most popular in the United States, according to on April 11, 2017. Within the Quora community, a user can ask a question and visually see the number of views others had on that question. This experiment is to test if the wording of a question posted on Quora matters. The results will be a step closer to figuring out what are some good questions to ask.

Statement of Purpose

The purpose of this micro research study is to help the reader understand what types of questions are good to ask the Quora community.


Beginning a Quora question with “What are some ways…” instead of  “In what ways…” will increase the number of views received within the first 45 minutes of posting the question.



Participant: Chase Willden

Current Community Views: 127.2k

Current Community Views this month: 5.5k

Total Followers: 47

Snapshot: 4/11/2017 7:15pm 

Questions Posted

Quora Question 1: What are some ways that I could help make someone else’s day? (Live on Quora)

Quora Question 2: In what ways can I make someone else’s day? (Live on Quora)

Topics attached: Psychology, Psychology of Everyday Life, Human Behavior, Interpersonal Interaction

Data Gather Intervals: 6 minutes


Raw Data

Whare are some ways… In what ways…
Timestamp Q1


Q1 Answers Q1 Followers Q2




Q2 Followers
4/11/2017 7:15pm 0 0 0 0 0 0
4/11/2017 7:21pm 162 0 0 3 0 0
4/11/2017 7:27pm 280 1 1 30 0 0
4/11/2017 7:33pm 424 1 1 169 0 0
4/11/2017 7:39pm 496 1 1 223 1 1
4/11/2017 7:45pm 549 1 1 267 1 1
4/11/2017 7:51pm 569 1 1 312 1 1
4/11/2017 7:57pm 595 1 1 345 1 1
4/11/2017 8:03pm 607 1 1 377 1 1


Quora Question Wording


Based on the results, as shown in the graph above, we can see that asking a question that begins with “What are some ways…” instead of “In what ways…” will increase your view count in 45 minutes by 1.6x. Understanding this can be a step closer to helping to find good questions to ask the Quora community.


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