Quick Hack to Find Total Number of Questions Asked on Quora as of NOW!
August 24, 2016 Smita Benjamin 4 min read
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Quora is such an awesome place to give answer and ask question and just enjoy being part of the community.
Besides it is also an excellent place to share your views with thousands of people and see your list of followers grow over time.
Have you ever wonder how many questions have been asked on Quora so far?
As of August 9,601,527questions have been posted on Quora. But that's not the official number.
There is no place on Quora where you can find the answer to this question.
How did I found this number?
I don't have access to their database nor do I work there. It's a pure speculation but well calculated.
If I could find it, even you too can.
So, here is a quick hack using which you can find out how many questions have been asked as of this point in time.
Every time a new question is posted on Quora, it is assigned a "qid" parameter. This you can easily see if you inspect Ajax call made by the Quora frontend every time it performs any action that is related to questions asked. You can get QID information even from Quora's HTML source code. QID corresponds to the number of questions asked. I say this with surety because I have a proof for this which I will show you in a while. But before that lets get to the point - how to find the number of question asked on Quora?
The best way to do is to go to the last question posted. What could be the better way than to create one! It is only common sense to say that the QID assigned to the latest question is the total number of questions asked on Quora at that point of time.
But why do we have to create a question to find the latest question?
That's because there is no straight forward way by which you can find the latest question posted on Quora.
Click the three dots and click "Edit Topic"
Type test question and select "Test Question (Quora Sandbox)" from dropdown. This will ensure that people know it's a dummy question. Moreover this question will not be available to everyone, but will be shown only to those people who have opted to view test question on Quora sandbox.
Now click anywhere on the page. But you should do this while still on the page you have created. When you right click on the page, a drop down will appear. From the drop down select "View page source." This will open up the HTML source code of the page.
In the HTML source code page, press CTRL + F from your keyboard. This will open up small search box on top. Type "QuestionArea" in the search box. This will give you the latest QID or in other words total number of questions created as of that time.
Don't forget to delete the question once you are done.
It's time now to get to the question that we left behind - "what is the proof that QID is the total number of question?"
Here is a log file with date and time stamp from past few years that shows the incremental nature of the QID. It's not a random number.
2016-08-01 (07:45) → 9,490,514 questions posted
2016-07-01 (03:19) → 8,990,600
2016-06-02 (19:01) → 8,516,086
2016-05-01 (12:07) → 8,006,684
2016-04-01 (08:45) → 7,581,599
2016-03-01 (22:07) → 7,176,197
2016-02-01 (04:21) → 6,787,669
2016-01-02 (18:38) → 6,405,784
2015-12-01 (03:15) → 6,044,399
2015-11-03 (08:15) → 5,754,779
2015-10-06 (06:09) → 5,484,277
2015-09-01 (02:16) → 5,126,183
2015-07-31 (07:46) → 4,780,947
2015-07-01 (04:43) → 4,483,870
2015-06-16 (15:33) → 4,344,336
2015-06-01 (12:25) → 4,203,554
2015-05-16 (01:18) → 4,042,570
2015-05-04 (02:49) → 3,932,971
2015-04-16 (02:53) → 3,774,955
2015-04-01 (00:01) → 3,648,377
2015-03-16 (16:02) → 3,528,007
2015-03-01 (00:06) → 3,407,391
2015-02-15 (01:40) → 3,294,771
2015-02-01 (01:38) → 3,201,722
2015-01-16 (12:00) → 3,101,108
2015-01-02 (12:58) → 3,012,443
2014-12-17 (05:48) → 2,923,595
2014-12-03 (11:32) → 2,958,841
2014-10-25 (14:50) → 2,625,374
2012-08-01 (17:36) → 728,526
2012-07-18 (03:51) → 713,149
One point worth noting is that this number also includes number of questions that have been deleted. That means in that case we only have a rough estimate of the total number of questions asked on Quora.
A first-rate journalist, Smita Benjamin expertly covers wide variety of topics around web traffic building, website traction and blogging. She helps companies with strategic content planning to drive highly targeted traffic. She loves reading, travelling and exploring new places.
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