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Q: Pay rates for Google Answers research ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   3 Comments )
Subject: Pay rates for Google Answers research
Category: Reference, Education and News > General Reference
Asked by: halejrb-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 14 Jul 2002 19:13 PDT
Expires: 13 Aug 2002 19:13 PDT
Question ID: 39618
Why do "Google Answers" researchers work for such low pay?  I've read
answers that the researher admitted took hours of research.  And the
price offered was about $5. Do most researchers do this as a hobby? 
What's their motivation?
Subject: Re: Pay rates for Google Answers research
Answered By: missy-ga on 15 Jul 2002 15:45 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi halerjb,

Pay?  We're supposed to get paid for this?

OK, I'm being facetious.  You've crept awfully close to the motivations of 
the Researchers of my acquaintance, though.  It *is* a hobby for quite a 
few of us - for now.  Some of us, myself included, would dearly love for 
this project to be wildly successful, and allow us to earn a good living 
from our researching and writing abilities.  Will that happen?  I hope 
so!  Ask me when we're out of Beta and on the main page!

So why do we do this?  What motivates us, since we're obviously not going 
to be able to quit our regular jobs (if we have them) to make a living from 
our research any time soon?  Lots of things, some of which might surprise you!

--It's fun.  It IS!  You learn all the best Trivial Pursuit answers.  Ask 
me what an upper labial frenulum is.  Go on, I dare you.

--It's rewarding.  There's a certain satisfaction in being able to help 
someone find what they need.

--It's nifty to be on a project from its very beginnings, exciting to watch 
it evolve.

--It's flexible.  We aren't tied to our desks for set periods of time, and 
can work or not work as we choose.

--We're curious.  What better way to indulge our curiosity than to look for 
information for other people?

--We can work in our jammies.  Some of us might even be working in our 
jammies right now!  Who's going to yell at us?  More to the point, who's 
going to laugh at our fuzzy bunny slippers?

--We can work in our own homes.  I'm happiest at my *own* desk, personally, 
with my gadgets and toys and chocolates

--It gives us the chance to be a part of a super cool community of 
Researchers - I've been lucky to get to know some terrific people through GA.

--We learn something every day - if not from our customers and their 
questions, then from each other.  I learned a new word from Guillermo 
today.  "Aleatory".

--It makes our Inner Teachers happy.  Everyone likes to help people in some 

--We *are* able to make a bit of money doing this.  I'm spending mine on my 
kids.  Chromie says he's spending his on DSL, but I think he's fibbing - he 
reads too much to be spending it anywhere but the bookstore!

--Back to the community thing...the most interesting people are doing 
this!  We have web designers, engineers, moms (like me!), librarians, a 
lawyer, a biomedical scientist, and an award winning science fiction author 
on our team.  How many jobs can you name where you'll find such a wide 
variety of interesting people to work with?

--Producing a quality answer is very satisfying.  We take pride in our 
work, and it's a wonderful feeling when we've made a customer happy.

--We get fun and interesting customers - and our regulars like to play and 
tease.  That makes the work very enjoyable.

--It's just plain old interesting.  Really, how many people can say about 
their job "I learned the niftiest thing today!" ?  When a subject is 
interesting, the money really is a secondary consideration, if it ever was 
a consideration to begin with.  I spent a couple hours on a dance related 
question the other day.  Why?  I like to dance!

--It's FUN!  Oh, wait...I mentioned that already, didn't I?  It bears 
repeating, though.  It's the most fun I've had at a job in a very long 
time.  Must be the colleagues.

Halerjb, many Researchers contributed to this answer.  We rather liked that 
one of our customers was curious about us for a change, so we asked each 
other "Why do you do this?"...and these are the Researchers who 
answered:  weisstho, xemion, blader, huntsman, fons, googlebrain, juggler, 
seedy, eiffel, till, voyager, tehuti, grimace, bethc,  chromedome, mother, 
guillermo, lazerfx, thx1138, tan and scriptor.  And I was elected typist.

I hope this has given you a look into why some of us work on this 
project.  Thanks so much for asking after us!

Warm regards,


Request for Answer Clarification by halejrb-ga on 15 Jul 2002 18:44 PDT
I could look it up myself, but I'll take the bait.  What is the upper
labial frenulum?

Also, please tell me the userid of the award winning science fiction
writer.  I've got a "question" coming up I'd like to direct to him or

You researchers do a fantastic job!  I was amazed at the quality of
the answer I got to my first question on GA.  And all the answers I've
gotten have been equally good.  This is one of the best sites on the

Clarification of Answer by missy-ga on 15 Jul 2002 19:18 PDT

Stick your tongue up between your front teeth and your upper lip.  Now
wiggle it around.  Feel that funny little cord type thing?  That's an
upper labial frenulum.  Know what it does?

Nothing.  But it was a fun question I answered way back when I first
landed on the Researcher team, and you can read what someone thought
it did here:

upper labial frenulum in primates

...and Oliver is going to get all embarrassed at me, but our very own
Scriptor-ga is the award winning science fiction author.  I'm
currently reading his book, "Die Zeitmaschine Karls des Großen"
(Charlemagne's Time Machine), which was recently awarded the German
Science Fiction Prize as best German SF novel of 2002.  If you read
German, I highly recommend you pick it up - his style is very fluid,
and I'm enjoying the book immensely!

So glad you're happy with the project!  We're rather fond of it

halejrb-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars
Thanks for the info.  Another excellent answer.

Subject: Re: Pay rates for Google Answers research
From: aditya2k-ga on 15 Jul 2002 17:12 PDT
Just to add my 2 cents worth,

- For people in developing countries (like me), where the exchange
rate is something like 50 local currency units to the dollar, the pay
looks good.
- This helps us learn new things.
- Some of us have no other work. Something is better than nothing :)

Subject: Re: Pay rates for Google Answers research
From: halejrb-ga on 15 Jul 2002 19:13 PDT
You make a very good point, aditya2k.
Subject: Re: Pay rates for Google Answers research
From: astra4-ga on 21 Jul 2002 12:00 PDT
I also think aditya2k makes a very good point :-)

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