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Thursday, September 25, 2008

Google Moderator, a Tool to Handle Q&A’s

Google released a tool called Moderator, a Google App Engine hosted program which accepts questions directed at certain persons, and then lets others vote on the quality of the question. Google’s Matt Cutts explains that this tool was called Dory internally, and is used by Google employees during “tech talks or company-wide meetings”.

Within Google Moderator, anyone can create a specific topic for questions to be asked in. These topics are called series; one such series is “Ask a Google engineer,” and provided its authentic, then you can ask a question to Google employees like Adam Lasnik, Matt Cutts, Jeff Dean, Andrew Morton and others. I asked a question about how the Google engineers implement the censorship blacklist in China.

Other series currently available are “Ask a world leader” (hypothetical, I suppose), “Suggest an Android Application”, and “U.S. Presidential Debates 2008”.

[Thanks PierreS and Avrohom Eliezer Friedman!]


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