Moderator is an internal tool at Google that the company decided to share with people to helps promote questions on the Web.
It can be very useful to webmasters, in fact, by crawling questions in various themes you know what's most interesting to people, what they would find answers. Something more explicit than the popularity of keywords. Therefore a means to guide the webmaster in developing the content of a site.
There are two ways to participate in this social site:
- Vote for a question submitted by a visitor.
- Ask yourself a question on the site.
A simple interface allows voting: give a point by clicking on the symbol "selected" or say that you do not like the question by clicking on the cross. The left field is a progress bar on the number of votes, which appears in clear when you move the mouse over.
This service can run on App Engine as a social network Web service. The webmaster of the site will answer questions regardless of the tool, in fact nothing is scheduled on Google for this!
The tool is well suited to a company or a group to put forward the questions people are asking.