I know that you, like I, are fascinated by all things having to do with Google Answers; otherwise, how did you get here, and why are you reading this?
And sooner or later, every afficianado-ga comes face-to-face with an obvious conundrum: Why do so many Google Answers questions go unanswered?
This is a good question. But it, itself, is a hard one to answer.
Some reasons are obvious, like the customers who offer up their two bucks and want a list of every zip code in the United States, the names and addresses of each person within each zip code, whether they own or rent, and a special check mark next to all those who have blue eyes.
And there are other GA clients who establish a certain, er, reputation among the researchers for being difficult to please — endless clarifications, poor ratings, and unrelenting mission creep. Out of a sense of professional decorum, I offer no links to such queries.
Still, there are plenty of questions like the one about diesel and gas engines that seem answerable, but don’t get answered (the poor guy even asked a follow up question wanting to know why his other question wasn’t answered…but the follow-up is in danger of going unanswered too!).
Here’s another one that went begging, on medieval church history, and this one at a hundred bucks.
Which brings us back to the main topic: Why so many questions that get no answers?
I have my pet notions about this, and I hope to post these in days to come (I’m learning not to promise ahead on posts that I may or may not be able to get around to…).
But in the mean time, what of my fellow researchers and GA question-askers, and even the inveterate peanut gallery…and of course, anyone else who stumbles across this post.
What do you all think?
pafalafaga aka David Sarokin
P.S. Here’s a good example of a problemmatic question, due to:
–extreme lowballing on the price
–not knowing quite when to stop asking for things (had they stopped at #1, they had a chance at getting an answer), and
–asking for information that probably doesn’t exist