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Which is better for Discussion: eNotes or Quora This is self-explanitory: which...

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caleber96 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 19, 2012 at 12:57 AM via web

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Which is better for Discussion: eNotes or Quora

This is self-explanitory: which discussion forum facilitates and attracts better discussion: eNotes or Quora? 

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belarafon | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 19, 2012 at 2:06 AM (Answer #2)

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I can't speak for Quora, since I have not used it, but I have found the eNotes discussion forum to be one of the most intensely polite and reasonable places on the Internet. Most unmoderated or high-volume discussion forums attract contentious or contrarian debaters, people whose only function and first love is to spur reaction, no matter what that reaction might me. Here, the eNoters tend to be highly educated and much more rational; the few trolls or deliberately nasty posters are flagged and removed quickly, allowing discussion to continue in a constructive manner, rather than the destructive arguements that are fostered on other sites. Quora may be equally good, or far worse; I can't say, but I haven't actively participated on other forums for a long time.

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caleber96 | (Level 1) Honors

Posted December 19, 2012 at 2:09 AM (Answer #3)

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I personally like both forums for the quality of response. Both forums attract educated, rational people who can intelligently answer all sorts of questions. 

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rrteacher | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 19, 2012 at 2:55 PM (Answer #4)

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I prefer enotes because of its educational mission. Sometimes I think Quora (which I haven't spent anywhere near as much time) is more geared toward people who just like to argue about things on the internet. While there are few trolls, there is also little emphasis on supporting opinions with references to primary sources or relevant scholarship like there is on this site. In short, I think many of the discussions here, as well as obviously the Q and A section, help people. 

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litteacher8 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted December 19, 2012 at 4:01 PM (Answer #5)

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Enotes seems to have a broad and intelligent audience.  I also think it is approachable even for students, who seem comfortable enough to share ideas even if they are not perfect.  I vote for enotes!

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Kristen Lentz | Middle School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted December 29, 2012 at 4:21 AM (Answer #6)

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Naturally, I vote for eNotes.  From the Q&A to Discussions, the focus and drive of eNotes is education.  The editors do a really good job of maintaining the academic focus of the discussions; the posting editors on the site are intelligent and focused.  Moreover, the site does a really good job at filtering insulting/inflammatory posts, which are quickly taken down.  

The educators at eNotes really do seem to value students' questions and take them seriously-- there really is no 'stupid question' stigma at eNotes!  Students  feel like they can ask for help and receive a genuine and thoughtful response in a timely manner.

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