Google Moderator has me wondering

Google has inserted another app into their infinite and growing list of stuff.  This one is designed to let large groups of people pose questions and then vote on each others questions so that the answering party can presumably prioritize the questions they'd like to answer.  Admittedly, this one has got me scratching my head.  Did someone say they needed this?  Does it really work?  Here is their description:
Google Moderator is a new way to facilitate question-and-answer sessions during talks, presentations and events that involve large groups of people. Anyone can submit a question and then people can vote on the questions that they'd like answered. 
If you end up doing something useful with this, then let me know.  As a test, I jumped into the list of questions for World Leaders, specifically those for the Dalai Lama.  I voted on all of the other people's questions, but couldn't think of a question to pose to the Dalai Lama myself.  I might ask him why his peeps want Tibet so bad, when everything else in their life eschews attachment, but if it looked like he thought I was being insolent, even when I am not, then I might back off.  That complex interplay of emotions was too tough to get typed into a single text box, so I just mumbled to myself and wandered off instead.  I hope you have better luck.

A more profitable line of questions being moderated surrounded Google's Android Phone Platform.  It asked "What applications would you like to see on Android?"  Now that was something I could really believe in.  Amazingly, someone had already suggested a GPS search game.  Brilliant!


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Phil Yanov is a Technologist, Columnist and Public Radio Commentator.

He is the founder of Tech After Five as well as the founder and President of the GSA Technology Council and the IT Leadership Council.

His personal technology column appears in Greenville Business Magazine and the Columbia Business Journal.

He co-hosts the Your Day technology shows heard on NPR radio stations across South Carolina and is a frequent contributor to technology stories appearing on radio and television.