The one part of the explaination of why they don’t allow archiving hits home with me:
“People share a lot of sensitive material on Quora – controversial political views, workplace gossip and compensation, and negative opinions held of companies. Over many years, as they change jobs or change their views, it is important that they can delete or anonymize their previously-written answers.”
I stopped using Slashdot not because it wasn’t relevant anymore…this was one of the first geek forums on the net for folks that are too young to know this…I stopped using it because I couldn’t change my username nor delete old posts. I finally had an admin delete a shit ton on their way out, but there is a lot of things I just don’t want preserved.
Sites that are conversational based should be like similar to conversations – they die after a while and aren’t preserved. I regularly delete old comments on Reddit – and at this point, I’ve started using no less than four accounts because I have levels of WHAT DO I WANT ARCHIVED??? because folks do and will archive these comments.
That said, I ran a popular music site a few years ago. When we left, we decided to delete all the comments and otherwise that we could have sold. Decided not to because I don’t know what the next folks would have done. It wasn’t worth a slight bump in the bank account to do so. Conversations need to have a lifespan.
So, honestly? I don’t give a damn that Quora isn’t backing anything up or allowing anyone else to do so.