My last few answers weren't anything particularly special, but they've been getting more upvotes, and quicker, than some of my better answers in the past.
I suppose I should be happy about this, because it means that I must be getting more "eyes" on what I do, but I can't shake the thought that this means quality answers (from others) get overlooked.
I wonder if we'll ever be able to decouple quality answers from the "cult of personality" phenomenon, which I think affects all human beings.
If I were running Quora, I would experiment with diminishing the importance or relevance of a writer's identity to his or her answer. I wouldn't go full Anon or anything like that- perhaps names should be at the bottom of answers, or only revealed after the upvote. I don't know how exactly this would be done best, but I think it would be something worth exploring.
Not sure if Quora would be the right environment to do this. Not sure of anything, really. Curious to hear any of your thoughts on this. I don't want to be unfairly rewarded for potentially sloppy answers, this would frustrate newer writers with more quality answers.
If all else fails, well, we could systematically make it a point to look out for newer authors.