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This is sending everyone with a question, or gripe, or opinion, about BigQuery to Stack Overflow:

https://groups.google.com/forum/?fromgroups=#!topic/bigquery-discuss/z5Z-aRS9z8I

That resulted, so far, in this question. Perhaps someone from the team should add a message to their forum, or contact them, and explain the rules?

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One ranty non-question in almost 7 months? It doesn't seem too bad. (see below)

I don't know for certain, but I'm pretty sure Google as a company understands what Stack Overflow is about. Several teams there have been using SO to provide developer support and it's been working pretty well far as I know.

To me their post reads like they're sending their technical support to us. If one person (or even a few people) misunderstand what that means... we have the tools to easily handle it. If it becomes a more widespread issue, though, I agree - it'd be worth tracking someone down to make clarifications.


At this time, there are 8 closed questions in , of which 7 were posted after May 1 (the date on the Google Groups post linked in the question):

There are also 14 deleted questions:

There are currently 250 open questions remaining in . As you can see, it's a low-volume tag with fairly few misses in terms of the question content. While it's not "one post in seven months" that I originally referred to, it's still not a widespread problem and I think the system's working as intended.

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Just like Facebook. Am I right? – casperOne Nov 26 '12 at 5:43
    
@casperOne Sort of, yeah, though on a different scale and with a different demographic. – Adam Lear Nov 26 '12 at 5:59
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How do we know that was "One ranty non-question in almost 7 months"? That question was closed and deleted within an hour. How many others disappeared like that? We can't even use SEDE to see if it's a real problem. – Awesome Poodles Nov 26 '12 at 8:03
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@AwesomePoodles See my edit for a more specific analysis. – Adam Lear Nov 26 '12 at 20:45
    
Thanks for the hard data, Anna. So, yes, that tag doesn't look like it's attracting more bad questions than usual. – Awesome Poodles Nov 27 '12 at 0:33

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