I think the experiment that added information about forum threads is now live:
It's interesting that Google Groups didn't get any special treatment.
[Moved from "Google lists number of posts in Vbulletin threads" – Tony]
I'm not sure if this is a new feature or not but I noticed that on search results Google now lists the number of posts on a Vbulletin thread.
For example google.ie/search?q=americans+l ...
The link that is first (should be newtotown.ie – well it is in Google.ie) says '6 posts'. I don't remember seeing this before. Has anyone else?
Ok, I guess other people did notice it :)
Still for the casual user it would be more practical if it would state no responses, instead 1 author...
The question is : is it useful?
When you search for solving an issue, you don't look after how many people can solve your problem, you look after the solution, nothing else.
Am I right if I say that feature is useless for almost everybody? ("almost" becase some people could find an use of that information, but I don't know which one).
I don't think it's useless. Let's say I want to find some information about a strange iPhone 3G bug and I see the following three results:
1. 2 posts, 1 author, last post: Oct 2, 2008
2. 6 posts, 4 authors, last post: Dec 21, 2007
3. 4 posts, 3 authors, last post: Sep 7, 2008
Which one is more likely to be useful?
[moved, thanks Hebbet]
There is a following article,
Ionut : I don't know . Moreover I suppose iPhone 3G wasn't released in 2007, so result #2 might stay unvisited (=> date may be an useful data, after all).
But, about other results it might be :
#1 : John says "I've a bug..." / John says "OK, I've find a bypass, there is the solution : ..."
#2 : John says "I've a bug..." / Mary says "me too" / Mike says "me too" / John says "still no idea?"
In that case, result #1 is the more usefull, while there are only 2 posts and 1 author.