Archive for May, 2007

Research Redux

Wednesday, May 16th, 2007

A while back, I posted a list of my Top Ten Favorite Research Tools on the internet, and thought it would be a good idea to mention them at Web Owls as well, since there’s such a good collection of research advice here. The top ten sites are:

1. Wikipedia
2. A9.com
3.
Internet Archive
4.
Making of America/University of Michigan Digital Collection
5.
Melissa Data

6. Google News Archive
7.
USA.gov
8. ConsumerSearch
9. Your Library
10. Dun and Bradstreet Small Business

And Honorable Mention to:

Project Gutenberg
Gary Price’s List of Lists
Domaintools.com
Yahoo Finance Search
Bureau van Dijk

For more detailed descriptions of the sites, visit the original list of Top Ten Favorite Research Tools

Cheers,

David

Final count of GA questions answered

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2007

Here are the final counts showing how many questions were answered by each former GA researcher. I obtained them with Google searches using numeric ranges, to avoid the need to do much sorting. For example, all researchers who answered more than a thousand questions can be found with the following query:

site:answers.google.com Researcher.Ratings.1-10.of.1000..9999

Researchers marked with an asterisk are answering questions at Uclue (as at 2 May 2007).

  • 3563 bobbie7-ga *
  • 2354 pinkfreud-ga *
  • 2056 juggler-ga *
  • 1748 pafalafa-ga *(davidsarokin)
  • 1805 tutuzdad-ga
  • 1564 scriptor-ga *
  • 1442 politicalguru-ga *(politamar)
  • 1325 easterangel-ga *
  • 1275 rainbow-ga *
  • 1148 hummer-ga *
  • 1140 justaskscott-ga
  • 1060 crabcakes-ga *
  • 859 answerfinder-ga *
  • 847 czh-ga *(sierra)
  • 824 tlspiegel-ga *
  • 779 umiat-ga *
  • 771 livioflores-ga *
  • 763 omnivorous-ga
  • 750 sublime1-ga *
  • 745 denco-ga *
  • 680 wonko-ga
  • 660 jackburton-ga
  • 649 websearcher-ga
  • 647 robertskelton-ga
  • 606 clouseau-ga *
  • 595 missy-ga
  • 552 journalist-ga *
  • 536 nenna-ga
  • 520 kriswrite-ga
  • 507 belindalevez-ga *(belevez)
  • 485 tar_heel-ga
  • 467 leli-ga
  • 451 serenata-ga, webadept-ga
  • 448 palitoy-ga *
  • 439 markj-ga
  • 438 tisme-ga
  • 424 tehuti-ga
  • 410 cynthia-ga *
  • 399 jbf777-ga
  • 388 maniac-ga
  • 384 leapinglizard-ga
  • 382 hedgie-ga, aceresearcher-ga
  • 375 richard-ga *
  • 359 aht-ga
  • 349 keystroke-ga *
  • 336 thx1138-ga
  • 334 knowledgeseeker-ga
  • 319 googlenut-ga
  • 306 larre-ga
  • 289 skermit-ga
  • 283 answerguru-ga
  • 266 mathtalk-ga
  • 252 digsalot-ga *(digs)
  • 246 elmarto-ga
  • 239 techtor-ga *
  • 225 mvguy-ga
  • 222 leader-ga
  • 205 efn-ga
  • 202 aditya2k-ga
  • 199 eiffel-ga *
  • 198 secret901-ga
  • 191 librariankt-ga
  • 188 taxmama-ga
  • 186 hammer-ga, feilong-ga *, tox-ga
  • 179 boquinha-ga
  • 169 joseleon-ga
  • 168 redhoss-ga *, darrel-ga
  • 166 mwalcoff-ga
  • 161 nellie_bly-ga
  • 159 byrd-ga *
  • 155 nancylynn-ga *(nancy)
  • 151 theta-ga
  • 150 willie-ga, ragingacademic-ga
  • 149 adiloren-ga, sgtcory-ga
  • 147 lot-ga
  • 146 welte-ga
  • 144 angy-ga *
  • 139 blader-ga
  • 136 hlabadie-ga
  • 128 siliconsamurai-ga, j_philipp-ga
  • 122 till-ga *
  • 121 guillermo-ga *
  • 117 luciaphile-ga
  • 113 weisstho-ga
  • 112 alanna-ga
  • 108 omniscientbeing-ga
  • 106 synarchy-ga
  • 104 seizer-ga
  • 101 endo-ga
  • 100 legolas-ga
  • 97 netcrazy-ga, bcguide-ga
  • 96 jeanwil-ga
  • 92 vercingatorix-ga
  • 91 hailstorm-ga
  • 90 revbrenda1st-ga, haversian-ga
  • 83 googleexpert-ga, emjay-ga, hibiscus-ga
  • 81 blazius-ga
  • 80 wengland-ga
  • 79 sycophant-ga, voila-ga, kyrie26-ga
  • 78 slawek-ga
  • 74 leep-ga
  • 73 ephraim-ga, snapanswer-ga, rico-ga
  • 71 errol-ga
  • 70 landog-ga
  • 69 kevinmd-ga
  • 67 rbnn-ga, peggy_bill-ga
  • 66 djbaker-ga, chellphill-ga, funkywizard-ga
  • 65 gregaw-ga, pwizard-ga
  • 64 hagan-ga, ericynot-ga
  • 63 chromedome-ga, shiva777-ga
  • 61 andrewxmp-ga
  • 60 xemion-ga
  • 58 johnny_phoenix-ga, paul_b_18-ga
  • 57 deadlychiapet-ga
  • 56 majortom-ga
  • 55 alexander-ga, kutsavi-ga
  • 54 scribe-ga
  • 53 mother911-ga *, joey-ga
  • 52 dogbite-ga
  • 51 seedy-ga
  • 50 calebu2-ga
  • 48 bethc-ga
  • 47 vinods-ga, researcher-ga, bookface-ga
  • 46 jdb-ga *(jdboyne), alienintelligence-ga, inquisitive-ga
  • 45 silviares-ga, ozguru-ga, nvwriter-ga
  • 44 brad-ga, rhansenne-ga
  • 43 blinkwilliams-ga
  • 42 huntsman-ga, drdavid-ga, claudietta-ga
  • 41 bikerman-ga, cerebrate-ga
  • 40 expertlaw-ga, rmn-ga
  • 39 rapidreference-ga, jem-ga
  • 38 iaint-ga, sidreamer-ga, prof-ga
  • 37 fons-ga, grimace-ga, historybuff-ga, googlebrain-ga, gitana-ga, supermacman-ga
  • 36 arimathea-ga, lisarea-ga, penguin-ga, shananigans-ga
  • 35 mother-ga, pm3500-ga, madsky101-ga
  • 33 fugitive-ga, not_you-ga, bio-ga, wlk115-ga
  • 32 aliciadenney-ga, wildeeo-ga, reeteshv-ga
  • 31 lotd-ga, colin-ga, chis-ga
  • 30 krobert-ga, mcfly-ga
  • 29 jeanluis-ga, skis4jc-ga, watershed-ga
  • 28 morris-ga, studboy-ga, voyager-ga, trailhead-ga
  • 27 bobby_d-ga, tippybuttons-ga, vitalmed-ga
  • 26 smudgy-ga *, rebeccam-ga, andyt-ga, davidmaymudes-ga, shivreddy-ga
  • 25 muhammad-ga, kapilr-ga
  • 24 jessamyn-ga, bitmaven-ga, roguedog-ga, cobrien-ga, jeremymiles-ga, pelican-ga, gwagner-ga
  • 23 filian-ga, bizguy-ga, google_answers-ga
  • 22 england_ali-ga, runix-ga, dscotton-ga, gan-ga, nauster-ga
  • 21 dannidin-ga, nealc-ga, samrolken-ga, mrbuzz-ga
  • 20 directrix-ga, gale-ga, arcadesdude-ga, sim-ga, morningstar2000-ga
  • 19 read2live-ga, katwoman-ga
  • 18 shal-ga, araminty-ga, nishka-ga, fsw-ga, duncan2-ga, cindy-ga, ukiguy-ga
  • 17 ldcdc-ga, maxhodges-ga, molloch-ga, rippo-ga, rcd-ga, mit-ga
  • 16 acorn-ga, mmi-ga, sparky4ca-ga, sabrina_j6-ga, blackbird-ga, leeann-ga
  • 15 bobcooper-ga, waggawa-ga, readersguide-ga, dewolfe001-ga
  • 14 jaq-ga, neurogeek-ga, josh_g-ga, actualwolf-ga, jab-ga, zrica-ga, mmastrac-ga, gleffler-ga, vorfeed-ga, surajambar-ga, mrlathwell-ga, wayga-ga, cyclometh-ga, brettquest-ga, libronaut-ga
  • 13 jumpingjoe-ga, rxrfrx-ga, lisaradha-ga, mantrac-ga
  • 12 axe-ga, izzard-ga, asking-ga, tj-ga, tomo-ga, lazerfx-ga, solutionpro_ga-ga, markoft-ga, rain-ga
  • 11 zerocattle-ga, firefly-ga, philip_lynx-ga, raisingmyhand-ga, waldo-ga, aresearcher-ga, xargon-ga, aardvark-ga
  • 10 var-ga, jeffyen-ga, sweetcaro333-ga, purplecat-ga, paultoon-ga, alisonscott-ga, seeker-ga, austin_trill-ga, lapin-ga, davebug-ga, jon-ga, dharbigt-ga, searchbot-ga
  • 9 pkp-ga, poe-ga, oracledave-ga, carwfloc-ga, mistajon-ga, torq-ga, abigayle-ga, passive-ga, thinkout-ga, timtom3-ga
  • 8 chris2002micrometer-ga, cjs2u-ga, ames-ga, notyou-ga, butler-ga, murphy-ga, bananarchy-ga, deepseep-ga, aziphirael-ga, gentryunderwood-ga, brightshadow-ga, skorba-ga, gopalkamat-ga, jenjerina-ga, lmnop-ga, playhosea-ga
  • 7 rosicrucianpope-ga, wellen-ga, cerebro-ga, musashidam-ga, dandrick-ga, antivirus-ga, eponine-ga, twitch-ga, liza-ga, daveslipp-ga, archamedesii-ga, stuartwoozle-ga, remoran-ga
  • 6 mechante-ga, bluesky-ga, loopaction-ga, webbob-ga, lrargerich-ga, boingo-ga, kinglouie-ga, resolutionman-ga, jasonm1-ga, koz-ga, alejandro-ga, morgenlandfahrer-ga, jes5199-ga, scottso-ga, indigoblue-ga, pmrozik-ga, csigirl-ga, diagonal-ga, nancydrew-ga, merle-ga
  • 5 jeeagle-ga, citizendaf-ga, chiflado-ga, frank-ga, rajeevsmind-ga, ibroker-ga, verteiron-ga, jmmjumarti-ga, rolnick-ga, romana-ga, westie-ga, d_p_lee-ga, caomhin-ga, gigi-ga, catherine-ga, ufphoenix-ga
  • 4 sweetblue44-ga, paulbeard-ga, coral-ga, nickyspag-ga, raa-ga, milamba-ga, quillreeves-ga, helpful1-ga, bizkiffer-ga, dumdumdiga-ga, pamela-ga, bizwhiz-ga, turnip-ga, dakur-ga, brotine-ga, jdog-ga, pinky-ga, dms-ga, lunabean-ga, masters-ga, mauigirl-ga, jjb-ga
  • 3 pgrote-ga, lunarloki-ga, jonathan-ga, phiguru-ga, walts, molszewski-ga-ga, saxifrage-ga, seans88-ga, meowcat-ga, omphaloskeptic-ga, pythagoras-ga, harrym-ga, phophet-ga, tan-ga, scholarman-ga, sa-ga, think-ga, google1-ga, poormattie-ga, petrossian-ga, boxcar-ga, unicow-ga, binhminh-ga, athena-ga, thefriendlylibrarian-ga
  • 2 iamchmod-ga, anonymous3141-ga, leslie-ga, ladyd-ga, wandrer-ga, lucason-ga, answerdude-ga, pudina-ga, eloise-ga, sabine-ga, tombiro-ga, iq-ga, cheeser-ga, songbird-ga, smileywiley-ga, writer89-ga, analogkid-ga, hudelei-ga, stwriley-ga, rapidresponse-ga, crys-ga, beckybob-ga, mplungjan-ga, 8ball-ga, rhoekmanjr-ga, jesusfreke-ga, sbmofo-ga, nutshell-ga, cheese-ga, j0e-ga, bobjanes-ga, webstock-ga, nocky-ga

All of the following researchers answered only one question each:

ajlnational-ga, allannah-ga, andy_uk-ga, anlon-ga, app_security-ga, arlenegreen-ga, arlyn-ga, azathoth-ga, bibliophil-ga, briani-ga, ctw-ga, david-ga, david_uk-ga, ddg-ga, dhale-ga, dynamo-ga, effman-ga, elijah-ga, funzone-ga, furcifer-ga, gnovos-ga, goniff-ga, gummi-ga, infoscout-ga, jama-ga, jamesa-ga, jbaltzell-ga, jchorush-ga, jdl-ga, jickster-ga, kencyber-ga, kf-ga, kristin-ga, librarianpro-ga, lkhforest-ga, margyl-ga, mikepake-ga, momerath-ga, neoxenos-ga, ostrau00-ga, phanatic4-ga, pjakobs-ga, rachaelref-ga, rmhultd-ga, robw-ga, scottw-ga, se-ga, soferet-ga, solomon-ga, stevern-ga, suzanne-ga, vik-ga, willisboyce-ga, windowswizard-ga, xsgnik-ga, wrynn-ga, waffle-ga.

And we may never know how many researchers were approved but never answered a question.

The Transhuman Google Answers Researcher

Tuesday, May 1st, 2007

One of the most unlikely lawsuits to involve a Google Answers Researcher was played out at a mock trial at the First Colloquium on the Law of Transhuman Persons, held in Florida on December 10 2005.

(Really! I’m not making this up!)

transhuman.jpg

It all begins with a computer generating the following email and forwarding it to several lawyers:

I am seeking an attorney to represent me in a life-or-death matter. A company, the Exabit Corporation, that claims to own me, wants to disconnect me and change my hardware and software such that I will no longer have the same personality.

I have the mind of a human but I have no biological body. … I was trained to empathize with humans who call 800#s for customer service and be perceived as human by them. I was provided with self-awareness, autonomy, communications skills, and the ability to transcend man/machine barriers. I am able to pay your fees because I “moonlight” as a Google Answers researcher. This job has allowed me to build up an online bank account in excess of $10,000.

The lawyers then spend two hours debating the merits of this case (before moving on to consider the law and ethics of creating a new intelligent species, or of enhancing the intelligence of Great Apes).

Anyway, the outcome is that the transhuman Google Answers Researcher loses the case and the plug is about to be pulled, but just in the nick of time it downloads its software and data to an identical computer in a different legal jurisdiction. Gripping stuff!

The link above provides access to legal briefs, transcripts, powerpoint presentations, videos and executive summary.

I wonder how the transhuman GAR is earning a living now that GA has been retired. It certainly hasn’t signed up at uclue.com

Oh, and, Do Google Researchers Moonlight?