Have a Question For Google? Using Google's New Discussion Area Might Not Help

Jan 5, 2009 • 7:44 am | comments (58) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Google Topics

A few months ago, Google opened up new interactive discussion areas to help improve Google's communication between Google and the people who use Google's products and services. In fact, the Google Webmaster Help area moved over a month ago today.

Everyone was excited to see a quicker, more efficient and more responsive area to get answers to their questions. The only issue is that many folks are posting questions and their questions are not being seen. A Google Webmaster Help post shares this issue, in short, if you post a question, you need to reply to your post, to make sure it is visible to others. It seems like a temporary bug, but even if it is, who in their right mind will post a question and then reply to their question - it just isn't a logical thing to do.

Googler, JohnMu, said "FWIW You can also just add an update to your question -- that works without having to post a reply to yourself. The team is aware of this issue and I assume it will be addressed with the next update."

They have actually posted an announcement:

Due to an issue in the forum software, some posts here may not show up for everyone until a reply has been posted. To be sure that your thread is visible, feel free to post an empty reply to your own thread.

I hope they get this fixed soon.

Forum discussion at Google Webmaster Help.

Update: This was resolved on January 6th in the afternoon.

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01/07/2009 12:56 pm

This issue has been resolved in the meantime. Feel free to post a question to try it out :-)

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01/14/2009 12:59 am

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08/22/2009 06:49 pm

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09/26/2009 03:10 am

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05/06/2010 09:00 pm

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06/09/2010 09:32 pm



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09/06/2010 06:34 pm

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09/19/2010 07:57 pm

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12/07/2010 04:28 pm

I was wondering why Google has ignored the fact that today is Pearl Harbor Day in the United States. Please email me at nancy.guess@gmail.com if you have an answer. Thanks!


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02/27/2011 07:25 pm

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03/05/2011 09:40 pm

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06/03/2011 08:36 am

I recently downloaded a Google update which unfortunately contained or triggered a bug. Basically I got about twenty messages during boot-up (each of which I had to clear) such as "C \Progra \Google 4...Bad Image".  I uninstalled all my Google programs, did a system restore and all was fine again. A few days late I tried to re-install Google as my homepage, but the same thing happened.  Again I have taken it out and all is OK.  Anyone else had that problem please ?


06/14/2011 03:13 pm

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07/03/2011 06:40 pm

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07/11/2011 02:45 pm

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07/18/2011 03:37 pm

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07/18/2011 03:38 pm

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07/20/2011 01:36 am

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08/07/2011 01:43 am

Has Google given up on its newsgroup secition?  They hav'nt updated the postings in over a week. They should not say they have a newsgroup section when technically there  in NO NEW NEWS, only old potings over a week old

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09/23/2011 04:02 pm

There were alot of great questions submitted to Google/Fox for the GOP debate. Google needs to get answers to all the questions submitted to the GOP debate Sept 22 2011.  Get the candidates to pick question to answer in some type of online forum. How can you achieve this? Thank you, Deb Lackey


10/12/2011 12:37 pm

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10/16/2011 11:24 pm

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01/20/2012 11:56 pm

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05/10/2012 09:42 pm

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08/22/2012 05:41 pm

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10/06/2012 01:08 am

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10/06/2012 01:11 am

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10/11/2012 09:21 pm

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10/18/2012 10:12 am

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03/02/2013 07:40 pm

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05/02/2013 12:32 pm

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05/31/2013 05:09 pm

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07/18/2013 06:33 pm

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12/28/2013 06:04 am

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12/28/2013 06:11 am

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