What is a Quora Space?
Spaces is a new feature that allows people to curate collections and form communities around shared interests and tastes. Spaces can be used in a number of different ways, and we're launching with a diverse set of creators that reflect the range of possibilities. For example:
- A group of people can work together to curate the most interesting answers and links about a particular area of interest.
- An individual can use spaces to organize their own writing into different sections
- A community of people can create a space to have shared conversations with each other.
How are Spaces different from blogs?
Spaces have lower friction to contribution with support for shares, links, and short posts. We've learned a lot from our experience with blogs and we think knowledge-sharing works best in groups, whether big or small, and want to support that use case really well. For example, a space can choose whether it wants comments from everyone or just its own contributors, and we'll be continuing to expand the feature set over time.
How do I start a Space?
At this time, spaces are still in beta an the ability to create new spaces is limited to a small number of writers. We'll be using this initial phase to collect feedback, iterate, and ensure that we've built a robust product before releasing it to everyone on Quora.
How can I contribute to a Space?
Anyone who isn't already a contributor can apply to become one by going to the 'People' tab and clicking on the “Apply here!” banner. The request should include an explanation of why they want to become a contributor. Our Space admins and moderators will then review these requests.
I'm a Space admin/moderator, how can I review my contributor requests?
Admins and moderators can see pending requests on the 'People' tab and have the option to approve or decline each of them. Approving a request will automatically make the requester a contributor, and these actions will be recorded in the admin log. Space admins can also turn this feature off in their Space 'Settings' at any time.
Can a Space admin add additional moderators or admins to a Space?
Admins can invite others to be moderators to help manage content and submissions in their Spaces. Moderators can do the following:
- Approve or reject submissions
- Disable commenting on content
- Hide content in Spaces
- Invite others to be moderators
Admins can also invite others to be co-admins or transfer ownership to others by removing themselves as admins.
To add moderators or admins to a Space, visit the 'People' tab and click the '+ Invite' button in the 'Admins' or 'Contributors' section.
How can I find out who the Space admin is?
- Click on the name of the Space
- Select the 'People' tab, located below the name of the Space
- Admin(s) will be listed at the top of this page
How can I customize my Space URL?
Spaces that have accumulated over a certain number of followers will unlock a custom URL – these will initially be set based on the Space name. Space admins can change this at any time from the settings page.
Why am I seeing Spaces content in my feed?
You'll see Spaces content in your feed if you:
- Follow that Space
- Follow the author of that content
- Someone you follow upvoted that content
- The content is from a Space you may like
If you don't want to see content from a particular Space in your feed, you can mute that Space. A Space can be muted from its main page or from content in feed.
How can I control the amount of notifications I get for a Space?
To control your Space notifications, go to the Space page and click on the icon, located on the right-hand side of the page. A drop-down menu will appear and you'll be able to select the frequency of your notifications.
How can I share a post from a Space?
To allow posts to reach a wider audience, we recently introduced the ability for users to share posts with their followers or to another Space they contribute to.
To share a post, click on the 'Share' or 'Reshare' button that appears directly below the post.
If I write a post or link in a Space, who can see it?
Followers of a Space will be able to see posts or links you've shared in the Space, as well as anyone that visits the Space.
If I comment on a post or link in a Space, who can see it?
Comments can be viewed by anyone.
Can I restrict the type of content that is shared in a Space?
Space admins can decide what content types are permitted by going to the Space settings page. The options will be listed under 'Content permissions'.
Can I restrict who can see a Space?
Spaces are public and can be seen by anyone.
Will someone that I blocked be able to see or comment on a Space that I'm in?
Blocking someone will make it so that they can't see your posts or shares in a Space; however, they can still see and participate in the Space. If you are an admin of the Space, you can block that person from the Space, regardless of whether or not you've blocked them on their profile.
Can I cancel an invitation to join a Space as a contributor or follower?
At this time, you won't be able to cancel an invitation. You'll need to wait for the user to accept the invitation. Once it has been accepted, you'll be able to remove the user from the Space by going to "People", selecting the "..." next to the user you'd like to remove, and then selecting "Block". Blocking the user will remove them as a contributor of the Space, and make them unable to join, comment, or add content to the Space. Please note that a blocked user can still follow the Space and view its content.
What happens when I block a user in my Space?
Blocking a user from your Space will remove them from the Space and make them unable to join, comment, or add content. They can still follow and view the Space. This action can be undone.
Can a non-contributor add content to a space?
We've added the ability for non-contributors to submit posts or shares to a Space for admin approval; when a submission is accepted, it is published directly to the Space.
For followers or users unaffiliated with a Space: You can now submit content to any Space that's accepting submissions. You will be notified if your submission is accepted.
For Space admins: You will be notified when submissions are made to your Space, and you can approve or decline them from the Spaces Submissions tab. Lastly, you can disable submissions for the Space in the Space's Settings.
Can I ask a question in a Space?
Each Space can start its own ever-growing collection of questions and answers. For example, parents can share and discuss a child's first movie-going experienceand you're guaranteed to get answers from parents, written with other parents in mind.
Please note that questions posed to a Space can only be answered by contributors of that Space.
Can I set a credential for a Space?
You can set a credential for any Space that you follow. This credential will appear by default on all the content that you create in that Space.
To set a credential for a Space:
- Visit "Credentials & Highlights" on your profile page and select "Edit Credentials"
- Click on "Add a credential" and select "Space" from the drop-down menu
- Go to "Select a Space" and type in the name of the Space whose credential you'd like to set
- Once a Space has been selected, type your credential next to "Describe an experience"
Where can I find stats and insights for my Space?
Space admins and moderators will see a “Stats” tab on their Space, which will highlight:
- An overview of the space’s activity
- Content views over time
- The most active users in the space
- The most popular content in the spaces
Additionally, the “People” tab will let all space visitors see who has contributed content over the past week.
Will spam submissions be filtered from my Space?
We have improved the spam filter for submissions and added the ability to see which ones are filtered out. You can toggle between seeing filtered (the default view), all, and suspected spam submissions.
The spam filter is still in an early phase and we will continue to improve it. We hope this makes it easier to manage your submissions.