Disclaimer: I know that Sir Ashok Dhamija is spending his hard-earned money on this website which has no source of revenue as of now ( no advertisements or promotions), however, I'd like to suggest a few features that can be implemented without much cost:
While reading someone's answer to a question, the question itself could be linked to its initial thread. When I read someone's answer to a question, I can't click on the question itself to answer myself or view other answers. This is a turn off for many potential users. We basically have to scroll down to click on a hyperlink to load the question thread.Suggesting edits to a question or an answer would be really helpful considering the typos in a lot of questions being asked as of now.Some of the members could be appointed as a moderator to manually edit a question to make it more readable. Likewise, use of cuss words or irrelevant terms could be better expressed.Adding a few colours to the website could really do wonders. This website is made to look simple and easy to load, but a few additional colours and better design could really help the users feel comfortable.Notifications are mismanaged. Comments to our answer are not notified and neither do we get notified about our upvoters or followers.
These were few suggestions on making this website look good.
Now coming back to the question:
What additional features can be added to chanqya to make it better than quora?As Pratik Ratnaparkhi mentioned in his answer, adding polls would help a lot. That would be an easier way to know the opinion of the users without reading the full answer.The page could be divided into two sections when viewing an answer. On the left, we see the answer of the user with a 60% margin. On the right, we see the comments of other users on that answer. This makes commenting a lot easier.On highlighting a selected text in an answer, we should get 2 java script buttons (+Copy / + Quote) Copy does its job and copies the text while Quote makes it easier to comment by including the highlighted text in our comment.
That's it for now, will add more points later.