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Q: Do Google Researchers moonlight, or are the answers themselves done part-time? ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Do Google Researchers moonlight, or are the answers themselves done part-time?
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: perspiringwriter-ga
List Price: $10.00
Posted: 12 Sep 2004 02:08 PDT
Expires: 12 Oct 2004 02:08 PDT
Question ID: 400050
I have seen very many excellent answers by many researchers on Google,
and I wonder if Google researchers are professional researchers, or if
they usually have another full-time job and give answers for the
enjoyment of the research and the extra cash it provides?  Also, I
wonder if researchers can be commissioned / hired separately for
larger projects (e.g., ones that might exceed the $ 200 limit, or ones
where the questioner does not wish the material to be displayed to
possible competitors, or where a confidentiality agreement needs to be
put in place, without violating any Google rules?  A solid answer plus
any additional comments would be much appreciated.
Subject: Re: Do Google Researchers moonlight, or are the answers themselves done part-tim
Answered By: serenata-ga on 12 Sep 2004 13:23 PDT
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Perspiringwriter ~

What interesting questions you have asked! It piqued my curiosity and
I was wondering if your questions were research you are doing for
something you're are currently writing.

The answers to your questions are as diverse as those of us who
participate as Google Answers Researchers.

There are a few whose sole income (for whatever reason) is as a Google
Answers Researcher. Since there are no minimum requirements on the
number of questions, nor how often we answer, others' participation is
based on reasons as diverse as there are Google Answers Researchers
("over 500").

Therefore, my answers to YOUR questions are general in nature, and
about as accurate an answer as you can get.

First of all, Google Answers Researchers are independent contractors,
and not employees of Google. We all had to pass a screening, but there
is no minimum or maximum quota on the number of questions we choose to

A small handful are more prolific, having answered over 1000 questions
each, and have freely admitted that Google Answers is their sole
source of income and more or less work long hours daily at answering
customers' questions.

Others answer as they can, some preferring certain subjects with which
they were well acquainted, or using some other personal criteria. Yet
others merely supplement their regular income in a "catch as catch
can" manner. I think Pinkfreud (a fellow Google Answers Researcher)
summed it up nicely in her comments to a question:

     "For some of us, GA is our only source of income; for
      most, it's a sideline. Only a few dozen Researchers have
      answered more than 100 questions. Only three of us have
      answered more than 1000. The great majority of Google
      Answers Researchers post answers only occasionally, and
      some never answer at all, yet continue to hold Researcher
      status, as there is no quota. "
      [Comment to Question #384327 - 
     - ]

You asked, "...I wonder if researchers can be commissioned / hired
separately for larger projects ..."

Once again, there is no "pat answer".

Some Google Answers Researhers run their own independent research
business and/or work for other research projects or services. However,
as Google Answers Researchers, we aren't permitted to privately
contact Google Answers customers to privately hire out our services.

Others prefer not to work for private parties at all, instead
preferring the diversity afforded by Google Answers.

It isn't hard to recognize those who are prolific and provide solid
answers to Google Answers customers; you'll see their name over and
over, with 4 and 5 star ratings and generous tips offered for the
tremendous service they provide.

As for me, I rely on Google Answers to supplement my income as the need arises.

The talents demanded by my own business blend well with the talents
necessary to answer questions for Google; and there is seldom any
conflict between the two. I had been very busy answering questions
myself until the last couple of months; then my own business had an
immense project that required hours of my time, leaving less
opportunity to participate in Google Answers.

I hope this has answered your questions. Because each of us is an
independent contractor, there are no full-time Google Answers
Researchers except by choice.

Many of us are available for private research assignments, even to the
point of running our own research businesses; but Google's rules
prohibit private contact with Google customers.

Thanks for the opportunity to address your issues ... and if you
require additional clarification, please feel to ask for it.


~ Serenata
Google Answers Researcher
perspiringwriter-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $3.00
Hi Serenata,  

Many thanks for the helpful, spot on answer.  Yes, I am working on a
book, and being true to my unfortunately lazy nature have come up with
the idea of seeing assistance by experts on the things they are expert
at, such as research.  In fact, if possible I hope to emulate Tom
Sawyer and his fence painting approach generally.  My Cliff Note's
understanding of your reply is that some researchers may be amenable
to do research, but that while a researcher cannot contact a Google
customer, it may not be verboten for a customer to inquire about
off-Google availability of a researcher.

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