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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.

You'll also need Firefox 3.6 and the JSSH Firefox Extenstion which you must install.

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[0].content.text.length => user's most recent answer's answer length user.answers[0].voters[0].fullname => Full name of first person who upvoted users most recent answer)