uBlock Origin: browse Quora.com without account

Martin Brinkmann
Jul 7, 2017
Updated • Jul 8, 2017
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If you use the browser extension uBlock Origin, available for Firefox and Chrome-based browsers, you may browse Quora.com without account.

Quora.com is a community site that is well frequented. It is a question and answer type site that is described as a "place to share knowledge and better understand the world".

While anyone may access pages on Quora, only the questions are visible on pages for users who are not signed in to an account.

We detailed back in 2013 how to access answers on Quora.com without signing in. I checked out the site recently again in preparation for an article, and noticed that I could access all question and answer pages on the site without signing in to an account or enabling any of the bypass options mentioned in the 2013 article.

My first thought was that Quora lifted the restriction, but a quick check in other browsers revealed that this was not the case. This sparked my interest, and I decided to disable the content blocker uBlock Origin in Chrome -- the browser that Quora.com worked in without sign in -- to see if it was responsible for that.

Turns out it was. As soon as I disabled uBlock Origin on the website, the usual "Are you curious. Join millions of curious people who read and write on Quora for free" was displayed which prevented me from accessing the answers to questions on the site.

When I enabled uBlock Origin again, the answers were displayed again and the forced registration popup on Quora.com was removed automatically on all pages that I visited. I decided to test this in other browsers, and it worked each time.

So, if you are using uBlock Origin already, there is nothing that you have to do in order for you to view Quora answers without being forced to sign in to the site.

Users who don't want to install uBlock Origin for that may check out the other methods published in the 2013 guide linked above.

It should be clear that this comes down to reading answers only. If you are not signed in, you cannot use any of the other functionality that requires an account.

Also, you cannot use the Quora homepage as an entry point to the site as it won't let you in this way without account.  Just visit one of the topic hubs, e.g. https://www.quora.com/topic/Mozilla-Firefox instead and use the search on those pages then to browse the site.

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uBlock Origin: browse Quora.com without account
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uBlock Origin: browse Quora.com without account
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Just a quick tip for the weekend. You can browse Quora.com without account to read all answers if you use the uBlock Origin extension.
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  1. ilev said on August 4, 2012 at 7:53 pm
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    Doesn’t Windows 8 know that www. or http:// are passe ?

    1. Martin Brinkmann said on August 4, 2012 at 7:57 pm
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      Well it is a bit difficulty to distinguish between name.com domains and files for instance.

    2. Leonidas Burton said on September 4, 2023 at 4:51 am
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      I know a service made by google that is similar to Google bookmarks.
      http://www.google.com/saved

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

    The comments section under this very article (3 comments) is identical to the comments section found under the following article:
    https://www.ghacks.net/2023/08/15/netflix-is-testing-game-streaming-on-tvs-and-computers/

    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
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    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
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    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
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      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
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    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
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    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
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    Yes. Please. Fix the comments.

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