Product Designer at Quora
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Spaces: Communities on Quora

Role: I led design and rollout strategy; worked with 3 engineers and 1 project manager

Date: 2018

Background: Quora’s goal is to grow knowledge, and knowledge is heavily dependent on context. It’s hard to discuss new discoveries in your field if you are unsure what your audience already knows. To solve this, we sought to create pockets on Quora with semi-permeable boundaries, so that knowledge can be built in a heavily contextual environment but still be shared with all. We built Spaces, an entirely new communities product within Quora.

We slowly rolled out Spaces less than 6 months ago. Now, there are thousands of Spaces, some with over 200k followers. Content generation & impressions is increasing exponentially. People who follow Spaces now spend an average of 70% more time on Quora.

Try the live product at www.quora.com/spaces or visit my favorite Space which consolidates first person accounts of experiences, Straight from the Source: www.quora.com/q/straightfromthesource

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What is a Space?

What is a Space?

A Space is a location on Quora where people can form communities and curate collections around shared interests.

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Some Feedback

Some Feedback

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Background + More Screenshots

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Why did we build Spaces?

Why did we build Spaces?

Quora’s mission is to grow knowledge, but often the knowledge can get lost. In an effort to ameliorate this issue, we determined that groups with self-defined norms and boundaries may facilitate knowledge growth and preservation.

In-Space structure

In-Space structure

Users in Spaces have designated roles that help enforce norms and build knowledge.

First iteration wireframes

First iteration wireframes

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Customizations

Customizations

Admins have the ability to customize the boundaries of their Spaces to create their ideal knowledge exchange platform.

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Admin view

Admin view

This is my Space. It allows all content types, but non-contributors can only submit content for approval.

Contributor

Contributor

As a contributor, I can post directly in this Space.

Follower

Follower

As a follower, I can apply to be a contributor to this Space.

Follower

Follower

Submitting a post for review as a follower of this Space.

Follower

Follower

A Space I follow that doesn’t allow followers to post or submit posts.