How to read all answers without signing in

Martin Brinkmann
Jan 7, 2013
Updated • Nov 26, 2014

I have to admit that I have not really paid much attention to, a community where users can share information with each other. From the looks of it, it looks much like a modernized version of Yahoo's service where users can ask questions and everyone can chime in and post answers or responses.

If you stumble upon Quora links in Google's search results, the results listing of another search engine or links that point to the site from other sites, you may have noticed that blurs the responses on the site after the first one. This is similar to how Experts Exchange handled things previously, effectively forcing users to register before they can access all of the contents the site makes available.

But, this is not true for all site referrers. Just visit this Techcrunch article and click on the "What are the most surreal places on can visit" link that brings you to Quora. When you do so you will notice that all responses are readable right away even if you did not sign in to the service.

How this can be? Easy. Quora seems to check referrers and based on that, it either displays all contents to you or only the first response.

quora you must be signed in to read this answer

A paragraph in the sidebar explains the reasoning behind the decision

Quora is a knowledge-sharing community that depends on everyone being able to pitch in when they know something.

So, even if you have nothing to say about the topic or do not want to, you are forced to sign up first before you can read all the answers posted on the site.

If you prefer not to, you can take advantage of the fact that Quora does referrer checks to decided whether to display all contents to a visitor or only the first response.

Let me show you how you can read all answers without signing in first.

  • If you are using Firefox, install the RefControl extension. Chrome users can install Referer Control instead.
  • I'm going to explain to you how this is done in Firefox, the Chrome extension works similar.
  • Press Alt and select Tools > RefControl Options
  • Click Add Site
  • Enter
  • Select custom and enter
  • Click ok.

quora read all answers

Reload the Quora page that you want to access without signing in and et voila, all blurred responses should now be visible in clear text.

Update: As pointed out in the comments, you can also append /?share=1 to the end of web addresses on the Quora website to display the question and all answers right away on the page.

Update 2: The Firefox add-on Quora Sneak can also be used for the purpose.

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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm

      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am

      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.

  2. VioletMoon said on August 16, 2023 at 5:26 pm

    @Ashwin–Thankful you delighted my comment; who knows how many “gamers” would have disagreed!

  3. Karl said on August 17, 2023 at 10:36 pm


    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:

    Not sure what the issue is, but have seen this issue under some other articles recently but did not report it back then.

  4. Anonymous said on August 25, 2023 at 11:44 am

    Omg a badge!!!
    Some tangible reward lmao.

    It sucks that redditors are going to love the fuck out of it too.

  5. Scroogled said on August 25, 2023 at 10:57 pm

    With the cloud, there is no such thing as unlimited storage or privacy. Stop relying on these tech scums. Purchase your own hardware and develop your own solutions.

    1. lollmaoeven said on August 27, 2023 at 6:24 am

      This is a certified reddit cringe moment. Hilarious how the article’s author tries to dress it up like it’s anything more than a png for doing the reddit corporation’s moderation work for free (or for bribes from companies and political groups)

  6. El Duderino said on August 25, 2023 at 11:14 pm

    Almost al unlmited services have a real limit.

    And this comment is written on the dropbox article from August 25, 2023.

  7. John G. said on August 26, 2023 at 1:29 am

    First comment > @ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm

    For the God’s sake, fix the comments soon please! :[

  8. Kalmly said on August 26, 2023 at 4:42 pm

    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

  9. Kim Schmidt said on September 3, 2023 at 3:42 pm

    With Google Chrome, it’s only been 1,500 for some time now.

    Anyone who wants to force me in such a way into buying something that I can get elsewhere for free will certainly never see a single dime from my side. I don’t even know how stupid their marketing department is to impose these limits on users instead of offering a valuable product to the paying faction. But they don’t. Even if you pay, you get something that is also available for free elsewhere.

    The algorithm has also become less and less savvy in terms of e.g. English/German translations. It used to be that the bot could sort of sense what you were trying to say and put it into different colloquialisms, which was even fun because it was like, “I know what you’re trying to say here, how about…” Now it’s in parts too stupid to translate the simplest sentences correctly, and the suggestions it makes are at times as moronic as those made by Google Translations.

    If this is a deep-learning AI that learns from users’ translations and the phrases they choose most often – which, by the way, is a valuable, moneys worthwhile contribution of every free user to this project: They invest their time and texts, thereby providing the necessary data for the AI to do the thing as nicely as they brag about it in the first place – alas, the more unprofessional users discovered the translator, the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, the greater the aggregate of linguistically illiterate users has become, and the worse the language of this deep-learning bot has become, as it now learns the drivel of every Tom, Dick and Harry out there, which is why I now get their Mickey Mouse language as suggestions: the inane language of people who can barely spell the alphabet, it seems.

    And as a thank you for our time and effort in helping them and their AI learn, they’ve lowered the limit from what was once 5,000 to now 1,500…? A big “fuck off” from here for that! Not a brass farthing from me for this attitude and behaviour, not in a hundred years.

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