Prolific Google Answers Researchers

Last year we counted how many questions were answered by each Google Answers Researcher during the life of the service (2002 – 2006).

523 researchers answered one or more questions. Of those, a dozen answered over a thousand questions each. But what was the spread between these extremes? Here are a few figures:

  • The top 100 researchers each answered between 100 and 3570 questions
  • The next 100 researchers each answered between 28 and 99 questions
  • The next 100 researchers each answered between 10 and 27 questions
  • The next 108 researchers each answered between 4 and 9 questions
  • A further 115 researchers answered between 1 and 3 questions

Looked at that way, you can see that the most prolific 20% of the researchers were responsible for the vast majority of the answers.

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