There are around 800 links (ca. 500 in posts, 250 in comments) on Stack Overflow pointing to Quora (using the September 2013 dump). Quora now forces visitors to register to the entirety of a page (e.g. if you want to try), which makes those links pretty useless/annoying for non-Quora users. Adding ?share=1 at the end of the Quora URLs allows visitors to see the entire page without any login window (e.g. if you want to try). So, how about automatically adding ?share=1 at the end of URLs pointing to Quora?

EDIT, as the post got -8 and many downvoters seem to have assumed that the ?share=1 is some ephemeral hack and/or goes against Quora policies: the ?share=1 is officially supported and promoted by Quora:

Marc Bodnick (Leads Quora business & community teams, executive at Quora):

Open any Quora URL. If you come across a Quora link anywhere and you want to read it without being asked to join Quora, you can add the text "?share=1" to the end of the URL. Example: http://www.quora.com/Hostage-Situations/What-does-it-feel-like-to-be-a-hostage-negotiator?share=1

  • Is it just me, or does that do nothing at all? – Qantas 94 Heavy Dec 26 '13 at 5:29
  • @Qantas94Heavy Sorry, fixed (I had messed the link). Please try again. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 26 '13 at 5:30
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    Wouldn't it be easier to blacklist quora links? – Danubian Sailor Dec 26 '13 at 12:45
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    Because people think that mass rewriting of URLs, which have no guarantee to be viable in future, is worth it. Besides, with a simple user script you could do this yourself. – user1228 Dec 26 '13 at 16:01
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    I thought mass rewriting of URLs would be straightforward. The ?share=1 is officially supported by Quora (I've just edited the question to make it clear). I'm a Quora user so I don't need a script anyway. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 27 '13 at 1:07
  • Quora user! -1! Just joking, link rot is worth worrying about and I upvoted previously – Richard Tingle Dec 28 '13 at 0:48
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    Quora unblocker extension would do as well. – kenorb Mar 29 '16 at 20:34
  • @kenorb true but I guess if one cannot fix the issue upstream one can take care of it downstream :/ – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 29 '16 at 20:35

Good eye that this could improve linking, but I downvoted this - SE should not get involved in cat-and-mouse games with arbitrary sites to defeat their policies. If Quora really is a significant portion of our outgoing traffic, then we are a significant portion of their incoming traffic, and they'll do the "cat" part.

Secondly, hacking competitor sites seems like bad blood. (per OP's comments this is sanctioned by Quora).

Thirdly, SE is way bigger than Quora by traffic. If this is important to them, let them build a solution, not us.

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  • I absolutely agree. What if they update the links once again? +1 for "let them build a solution, not us.". – Amal Murali Dec 26 '13 at 5:53
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    Why downvoting the question? I was just opening a discussion. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 26 '13 at 13:31
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    @FranckDernoncourt votes work differently on meta. – djechlin Dec 26 '13 at 15:16
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    @djechlin Thanks, I wasn't aware of that, it's fair game then. I have edited the question's details to address your concerns: in short, the ?share=1 is officially supported by Quora (it was announced by one of its executives), so it does not go at all against their policies, nor is it some hack, and for them the ?share=1 is the solution they proposed to read a page without being asked to join Quora. Sorry, I guess I should have made it clear from the beginning. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 27 '13 at 1:20
  • @FranckDernoncourt ok, my point #2 is incorrect then, edited answer to reflect that. – djechlin Mar 30 '16 at 14:08
  • @djechlin Thanks. Point #3 is incorrect too. – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 30 '16 at 15:44
  • @FranckDernoncourt Alexa ranks SO at ~70 and Quora at ~130 globally, (and I didn't look at the rest of the SE network). Point #3 is perfectly fine. – muru Jan 16 '18 at 5:54

Good idea, working links are important. Fixing links makes the StackOverflow experience better.

Not sure if this particular case is worth the effort, but 800 links sounds like a lot.

Shame there's not an API that allows you to script this :-)

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