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Q: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   6 Comments )
Subject: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
Category: Family and Home > Families
Asked by: pafalafa-ga
List Price: $2.00
Posted: 30 Nov 2006 09:24 PST
Expires: 30 Dec 2006 09:24 PST
Question ID: 787061
Fare thee well, all you loyal, wonderful users of GA.  Time for me to
post my final question here, which is...

This site:

presents itself as a newly-formed gathering spot for all those left
adrift by the demise of Ghoogle Answers, where anyone -- researchers,
clients, peanuts -- can join, converse and stay in contact.

Will it be successful, do you suppose....?

The Researcher Formerly Known As Paf

Clarification of Question by pafalafa-ga on 01 Dec 2006 12:59 PST
Nothing to add...just wanted to bump this to the top.


Clarification of Question by pafalafa-ga on 25 Dec 2006 06:12 PST
Awww.  C'mon guys.  It's Christmas.

Someone answer this question already, collect a handsome fee of $1.50,
and create a possible eternal revenue stream for yourself.

And happy holidays, everyone.

Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
Answered By: justaskscott-ga on 25 Dec 2006 13:32 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars
Hi Dave,

In terms of amount of activity, I believe that the GA Alumni
Association group will not be a success.  However, I think that
quantity of activity is not the only measure of success.

My view about the amount of activity is based on the decline in the
number of discussions and messages over the first four weeks.  (I'm
leaving out the relatively small amount of activity on the Pages and
Files sections of the group.)  Here are the statistics, arranged in
the format [date]: [number of discussions started on that date] --
[number of messages in those discussions]

Nov. 29: 1 -- 4
Nov. 30: 13 -- 121
Dec. 1: 10 -- 131
Dec. 2: 3 -- 11
Dec. 3: 9 -- 58
Dec. 4: 8 -- 98
Dec. 5: 2 -- 19
Dec. 6: 6 -- 73
Dec. 7: 3 -- 24
Dec. 8: 6 -- 90
Dec. 9: 2 -- 20
Dec. 10: 3 -- 20
Dec. 11: 1 -- 5
Dec. 12: 4 -- 33
Dec. 13: 0 -- 0
Dec. 14: 3 -- 25
Dec. 15: 1 -- 18
Dec. 16: 2 -- 21
Dec. 17: 2 -- 15
Dec. 18: 1 -- 5
Dec. 19: 4 -- 18
Dec. 20: 0 -- 0
Dec. 21: 2 -- 13
Dec. 22: 2 -- 7
Dec. 23: 2 -- 13
Dec. 24: 0 -- 0
Dec. 25 (so far): 0 -- 0

I think we can leave aside November 29, which wasn't a full day of
activity; and December 24-25, which coincide with Christmas.  Perhaps
we should also ignore November 30 and December 1, which represent an
initial burst of activity.

In any event, there seems to be a dividing line between the period up
to December 8 -- for which 6 or more new discussions and more than 50
messages for those discussions were common -- and the period beginning
with December 9 -- for which the highest number of discussions is 4,
and the highest number of messages for those discussions is 33.  (In
focusing on the date of the initial message, I'm presuming that most
messages in a typical discussion are posted within a few days after
the initial message, rather than spread out over a longer time.  My
browsing of several discussions indicates to me that this presumption
is reasonable.)

If the period starting December 9 is representative of the group's
future, it seems there will be about 2 new discussions per day and 15
or so messages in those discussions.  I suppose that's not bad for a
group of 79 members -- but not a quantitative success either. 
(Incidentally, the size of the group has expanded by only a few people
since December 9.)

But quantity is one thing ... quality is another.  I think that people
interested in Google Answers will tend to have a similar high quality
of discussion in a public discussion group as they would on Google
Answers itself.  (In my view, the current discussions on gaAlumni look
like some of the more informal -- and enjoyable -- questions and
comments on Google Answers.)  If even a few people benefit from these
discussions, that would be a success for those people -- even if it's
not a widespread success.

- justaskscott

Request for Answer Clarification by pafalafa-ga on 30 Dec 2006 14:22 PST

Sorry...that answer is completely unacceptable, as it doesn't allow me
the option of endless clarifications.

Please start up a new, professional, very respectable yet tons of fun,
Q&A service, so I can post the question anew, give you another crack
at it, and ask for more info ad infinitum.

With affection, to you, all the other researchers, and everyoneelse-ga
in the brand new year ahead.

pafalafa-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars and gave an additional tip of: $5.00
Best answer I've seen in a long while.

Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
From: siliconsamurai-ga on 30 Nov 2006 09:40 PST
sorry paf, I posted mine before I saw yours, I will go with GAalumni
but am concerned it is also in beta, as was GA.
Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
From: scriptor-ga on 30 Nov 2006 10:44 PST
Our little Google Answers world is going to die, and there is nothing we can do.

Thank you to all my colleagues, and to our great customers. I will
miss you all ... leander1-ga ... sylk-ga ... steph53-ga ... and all
the others I don't mention here. Thank you.

No "thank you" to those who caused the death of GA by their heartless
behavior, their disdain for our efforts, their cold attitude towards
us. You know who I mean, Google managers! We gave our hearts and sould
to Google Answers. In return we are thrown away like an old shoe.

But to all you others I say: It's been a wonderful time. I hope we
will see you again ... yes, there is something going on behind the
scenes. The community of Google Answers Researchers has plans for the
future. It is more than possible that we will meet again soon, with
you asking great questions, and us providing - hopefully - great

All the best,
Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
From: umiat-ga on 30 Nov 2006 10:55 PST
We will miss all our loyal customers who have kept our spirits high
throughout the years. Please, all of you, say "hi" and stay informed
of our researcher whereabouts by visiting us at
There's no need to leave us!
Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
From: boquinha-ga on 30 Nov 2006 14:52 PST
I'm there, Paf. And thanks. :)

Thanks again to all. What an amazing experience. 

*Sniff Sniff*

Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
From: crabcakes-ga on 02 Dec 2006 20:02 PST
I too, feel just like Scriptor. The Google folks seem to have no
regard for the endless hours we put into this service. With no
promotion, we were doomed to die a premature death.

I enjoyed every minute spent researching questions, and interacting
with the customers.

The best outcome, however, was getting to know the other researchers.
Unbreakable bonds have been built behind the scenes.

GA may be gone, but the GARs are not! Stay tuned and as Umiat posted, visit  to stay updated!
Subject: Re: GA, We Hardly Knew Ye
From: keystroke-ga on 08 Dec 2006 23:14 PST

I like how you posted this in the "Families" section.

:( It is so sad, though.

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