Use to only analyze your personal Quora account. Read Quora's TOS.
Need to be running Ruby 1.8.7 with Firefox 3.6. I have only tested code under OS X Snow Leopard.
Before you begin crawling data, you'll need to start Firefox with the JSSH flag enabled. For OS X it will look like: /Applications/Firefox.app/Contents/MacOS/firefox-bin -jssh
If you're new to Ruby, do the following:
Install the right version of Ruby by opening a Terminal and typing:
curl -s https://rvm.beginrescueend.com/install/rvm -o rvm-installer ; chmod +x rvm-installer ; rvm_bin_path=
/.rvm/bin rvm_man_path=/.rvm/share/man ./rvm-installer
Read the output of the script and follow the instructions it gives - it'll ask you to put a line into your .bashrc or similar file. Then log out of your terminal and open a new one, and run: rvm install 1.8.7 rvm use 1.8.7
and then run sudo gem update --system and sudo gem install bundler
You may need to run each of these and then run them again for it to work.
Clone this repository: git clone git://github.com/stormy/Quora-Personal-Analytics.git
Run 'bundle install' and you should be set.
Log into Quora, otherwise, you won't get far.
Grab all your personal data as HTML files: ruby QuoraCrawler.rb "firstname-lastname" (note: http://quora.com/*firstname-lastname*/. You might need a number like firstname-lastname-1).
Process your data: ruby QuoraStats.rb "firstname-lastname"
Done. Example output: https://gist.github.com/1075650
Note: 'ruby QuoraCrawler.rb -h' and 'ruby QuoraStats.rb -h' will give you all the flags if you just want to process specifics.
Right now QuoraStats.rb is only outputting limited detail, but if you call the load_all_data method on a QuoraUser object in irb, you can play around with extracting out all the data that interests you.
user = QuoraUser.new('firstname-lastname') user.load_all_data user.answers.content.text.length => user's most recent answer's answer length user.answers.voters.fullname => Full name of first person who upvoted users most recent answer)