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The results of 2017: The best with Quora 

Questions and answers about investing in cryptocurrency, marriage, interviews, useful for the survival of knowledge and places that are best to stroke the cats.

The creator of the Telegram channel Best of Quora daily publishes links to the best threads of the popular Quora English question and answer service. Often, the answers from Quora users are recommended for reading by leading foreign publications such as Forbes, Bussines Insider, Quartz, The Independent and Time. For , the author of the channel chose the ten best threads for 2017.

Quora’s social knowledge sharing service provides users with the opportunity to get an expert answer from many famous people who answer their own questions to the public. You can ask Hans Zimmer to talk about the process of writing music for Interstellar , the creator of Wikipedia, Jimmy Wales, about the origin and further development of the free encyclopedia, and Barack Obama to share his view of the nuclear deal with Iran .

Interesting answers and less well-known people who directly possess information, have a unique experience and are ready to talk about it. Quora is a place where you can read the stories of victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks about how they managed to escape , imprisoned in the famous American San Quentin – about their daily lives , and Yale graduates – about visiting Yale “naked parties” .

In the most interesting threads of Quora for 2017, Quora users talk about marriage, business, career, future, cryptocurrency, debunk some false beliefs and teach how to iron seals correctly.

1. Incorrect online surveys

Online surveys often lack a representative sample, and survey participants do not reflect the population. After all, the socio-demographic structure of Internet users is very different from the structure of the country’s population. The results of such surveys often do not give the right on the basis of them to judge the opinion of all citizens and only say that they need to be taught a materiel before they are conducted.

The author of the answer tells about the popular systematic error (sampling bias) – the bias of the sample and how Forbes together with Statista made a similar error and conducted an incorrect survey.

2. How small startups can compete with large companies

In 2004, Google was already a search giant with a huge amount of data, money, servers, network infrastructure, a market leader and a strong brand. However, in the next decade and beyond, they watched with despair as the sudden emergence and success of Facebook, YouTube and Twitter competed with each other without even noticing Google.

Why big companies do not compete with start-ups, how start-ups need to use their strengths to survive in the market, and how Telegram is perceived in Silicon Valley – read in response.

3. How to pass interviews and avoid common mistakes

Career development consultant Lori Bumgarner points out four major mistakes that job seekers make during an interview. Lori writes about what questions you need to prepare for in the first place, what exactly to emphasize in your answers and how best to demonstrate your experience.

And in his other answer, Laurie shares a life hack for interviewing. Many candidates for interviews even forget that they can and should ask their questions, and not act as if they were being interrogated. The absence of questions can be interpreted as complete disinterest in the position and work. The author of the answer talks about six types of questions that you can ask an HR specialist at an interview and stand out against other candidates.

4. Why you shouldn’t regret that you didn’t invest in Bitcoin ten years ago and what to invest now, so you don’t regret anything in ten years

Graphs of the movement of stocks and currencies on history always look so predictable and logical, but it is extremely difficult to predict these movements. It’s one thing to look at the history of quotes after the fact, and another to make decisions here and now with the fear of losing your hard earned money. Some traders are even afraid to leave their open positions for the night, as it is not known what could happen the next day.

In response to Quora, the trader analyzes the Amazon stock chart, which has grown by 3000% over ten years, and tells you what emotions you would have accompanied if you had held these stocks for ten years. The author of the answer explains why you shouldn’t regret that you didn’t invest somewhere, and that you shouldn’t lose it now so as not to clutch at the head in future.

5. The sad truth about marriage

A married woman writes about how, in the end, reality differs from expectations, about the difficulties of family life and about what marriage really is. The answer is recommended for reading by such authoritative publications as The Independent, Quartz and Time.

6. About the chances of surviving in a plane crash

Modern aircraft have become safer than ever. However, shots of Hollywood catastrophe films that float when they hit even the weakest areas of turbulence can cause aerophobia.

A former military pilot, and now an employee of the International Air Transport Association, considers four possible outcomes of any plane crash, gives statistics and facts that can help overcome aerophobia, and also tells you under what conditions you can survive.

7. Knowledge that can save one day life

Of all the answers to the question “What knowledge would one day save your life?” You would have an excellent emergency survival instruction. Below are two answers from the thread that scored the most views.

The author of the first answer tells how to behave in a sinking car, when to inflate a life jacket when an emergency landing of an aircraft is on the water and where there is cleaner air in case of a fire in a building.

Another Quora user explains what to do if the car has brakes failed, how to behave, if a dog attacked you, and also gives advice on how to get out of a car that crashed into an electric pole.

8. Syndrome shitty face

Analogue of Grumpy Cat in the human world. A bitchy face syndrome is when a person in a relaxed state appears angry, irritated, or arrogant. People familiar with this problem are often asked by people around why they are so sad or angry, although they do not have any negative emotions at all.

In her response, the girl shows her selfies and shares how this facial expression affects her life, and also recommends not drawing conclusions about people until you get to know them closer.

9. Technical specialties that are not threatened with extinction due to automation until 2045

A senior Uber engineer writes by what criteria one can understand whether a specialty is in danger of extinction, and how soon machine learning will reach such a level that people’s skills are no longer needed.

10. How does the code of artificial intelligence

A Facebook trainee analyst shows two artificial intelligence codes: the code he is currently working on himself, and part of the code that was developed by Google for image recognition and signature creation.

And if you are still very impressed (or scared) by the results of the work of artificial intelligence, in the answer, finally, a couple of examples of epicfiles and a funny conclusion.

Bonus: how to iron the seals correctly

According to the author of the answer, 90% of people incorrectly iron dogs and cats. And if you stroke dogs on the head, and cats on the stomach, you also do it incorrectly. Visual aid, how to iron these animals so that they like it.

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