A while back I posted this question on Server Fault. I now see that it appears on Quora with both the question and answer copied from my question. Why is my question appearing there? Is Quora stealing from Stack Exchange? If so, for what purpose?
The other answer is partially correct:
Quora has official rules against plagiarism.
The problem is: they are less and less and less enforced.
I have seen (or at least heard about) dozens if not hundreds of posts on Quora pointing to often blatant plagiarism. Even top Quora writers (with thousands of followers and millions of views) saw their content stolen on that very platform.
The really problematic part: Quora (moderation) does not sanction the users behind such activities. Sometimes stolen content is removed, but the culprits are allowed to continue on the site.
In my experience, the only recipe that sometimes worked is this:
- You write down a Q/A on Quora, pointing out the stolen content, the user(s) involved, etc.
- Then you manage for a lot of (ideally: highly respected) real users to read that
Because then the "stolen" content will be reported by dozens, or hundreds of people. And maybe then you have a decent chance that Quora moderation will not only delete the stolen content, but also sanction the culprits. Without such leverage, the stolen content might stay in place for weeks or months. And forget about the people behind that scheme being sanctioned without putting real pressure on the moderation team.
For some reason, Quora moderation is extremely inconsistent (see here for example). A harsh word can get your content deleted within minutes today, but it stays forever another day. But "plagiarism" is the one corner were Quora moderation appears super-weak, and determined actions seem to be super rare.
To be blunt: Yes, they are.
To quote @GhostCat: Quora has official rules against plagiarism. But they may as well not be there for all the good they do. I have also seen a few posts on Quora that are duplicates of ones on Stack Exchange, or other sites. I do not know what purpose this serves; Quora will also not apply any punishment (or so far as I've seen) to the perpetrator of such an activity unless you keep on pushing, or enough people write a report, which is a shame.
It's not Quora who is stealing your content. Quora is a good platform to post questions and get answers to your queries. I have been a member of Quora for four years and have seen lots of things there.
Some people copy/paste answers from different sites without giving them credit. It's okay to copy some part of the information from the web, but you'll have to explicitly attribute the source. This is the authentic way of copying information.
As far as I know, Quora is against plagiarism and it's among the top authorities in Q&A platforms.
You should read the Quora question What is Quora's policy on plagiarism and attribution?. Recently to appreciate the Quora users, they launched the Quora Partner Program and people are earning really good with it. These are not the sign of a fake company. The only thing I didn't like about Quora is that it is not safe for kids.