9 Nov 2007 21:23 UTCFri 9 Nov 2007 - 9:23 pm UTC
When was the first question posted to Google Answers? When was the last question posted to Google Answers?
Approximately how many questions were posted to Google Answers? Approximately how many of those were answered?
10 Nov 2007 00:13 UTCSat 10 Nov 2007 - 12:13 am UTC
Hello ribuck. Happy anniversary...or something along those lines. Let's get to it.
When was the first question posted to Google Answers?
The very first question posted to Google Answers on April 9, 2002:
Why is the sky blue?
and as far as I know, was a test question posted to get the ball rolling. You can see that the question was asked by "birdie" who appears to be the only user name at GA without a -ga extension.
When was the last question posted to Google Answers?
GA's final day for posting questions was November 30, 2006, and the very last question posted was:
Unable to process request. Please try again later
Researcher's had a month after the final posting to answer any remaining questions. The very last answer posted is mongolia-ga's:
And now the end is near
Approximately how many questions were posted to Google Answers?
Tbis one's tricky. I once estimated, for an article I was writing, 71,000 questions, but I can't recreate that estimate with the current stored version of the Google Answers site.
Using the currently available tools at the GA site, I was able to determine the following:
about 2748 in Arts and Entertainment
about 8639 in Business and Money
about 4373 in Computers
about 1172 in Family and Home
about 2398 in Health
about 3119 in Reference, Education and News
about 851 in Relationships and Society
about 1624 in Science
about 1096 in Sports and Recreation
about 27067 in Miscellaneous
The grand total for the individual categories is 53,087 questions.
Approximately how many of those were answered?
By adding the "num" parameter to any of the above URLs, it is possible to display all the questions in the category on a single page. For instance, here's the Family and Home category:
Showing questions 1 - 1172 of about 1172 in Family and Home
Using this strategy, I counted the number of answered questions in a few categories. The results consistently come in at 43-44% of questions answered.
Arts and Entertainment
Family and Home
Reference, Education and News
I hope that information meets your needs. But as always, if there's anything more I can do for you, just let me know.
13 Nov 2007 12:56 UTCTue 13 Nov 2007 - 12:56 pm UTC
Tryx wrote: "A lot of questions have been deleted. They started disappearing right after the closing."
Did this really happen? I've never noticed any of my own Q&A's disappearing, but then again, there's lots of things I never notice.
I know there's been a lot of speculation about disappearing questions, but to the best of my recollection, no one's ever actually confirmed a disappeared Q&A, other than the occasional repulsive question that was deleted for obvious reasons.
Wondering what others think?
As for the numbers, 50-70 thousand in the space of 4 1/2 years (I don't know why I said 2 years, above) seems reasonable to me. This comes out to 1 or 2 questions an hour, which feels about right, No?