Unban Pratik Sharma from Quora

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After discovering a jolting trend wherein Kanwal’s answers were written extremely quickly and posted rather frequently—too frequently, Pratik suggested, to have been written directly prior to their publishing—Pratik became suspicious.
Our story begins at an unspecified time in the life of Pratik Sharma, who was a regular reader of Kanwal’s.

After discovering a jolting trend wherein Kanwal’s answers were written extremely quickly and posted rather frequently—too frequently, Pratik suggested, to have been written directly prior to their publishing—Pratik became suspicious.

He spent numerous hours researching this riveting phenomenon, and he compiled his findings in an answer he published six hours ago.
This answer became incredibly popular, garnering over 7 thousand upvotes in just a few hours. Additionally, Pratik accrued at least two hundred followers.

About three hours after Pratik’s answer was posted, Kanwal issued a rebuttal on his Talk to Kanwal blog. In it, he offered the simple defense that his life experiences could be the same as others’, hence the similar answers.
As Pratik’s answer was showered with upvotes, Kanwal’s post stayed out of the limelight—it currently has fewer than 200 upvotes.

The public appears to have favored Pratik’s accusation over Kanwal’s defense. Consequently, many people noted in the comments that they had reported Kanwal for plagiarism.

Evidently, enough reports had been lodged against him; Kanwal was banned from Quora for plagiarism just an hour after his refutation was made.
Pratik was banned just an hour later, allegedly for using a sockpuppet account.
Pratik’s only answer was the one exposing KA. It rapidly gained upvotes.

When Quora banned Pratik Sharma, they made an assumption: Pratik made spam bots to upvote his answer.

Of course, this seems logical. He had no followers. He had no answers. He had no upvotes. He wrote an answer, and it went viral.

But that doesn’t mean it was right. It was very wrong. The fact we can construct why it was done is simply further evidence of how it was wrong.

With this petition, we hope we can convince Quora to unban Pratik Sharma from their Question-and-Answers website, quora.com.



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