Google Moderator, a tool for crowdsourcing and ranking user-submitted questions for online and offline events, is shutting down on July 31.
The service, which launched in 2008, survived various “spring cleaning” rounds over the years.
It looks like the development of Moderator stopped quite a while ago. The last copyright notice on the site is from 2011 and the service never got any of the design updates Google introduced over the last few years. For the most part, it still looks just like it did back in 2008.
Moderator users — and there shouldn’t be all that many given how dormant the project has been — will be able to download their data from Google Takeout starting on March 30. This data will be available for at least two years. The last day to create new content on the service is June 30, and Moderator will shut down completely on July 31.
There are, of course, numerous perfectly viable alternatives to Google Moderator and the functionality it provided. Most Web professionals will already be familiar with the biggest digital names in the space including GetSatisfaction (recently acquired by Sprinklr), UserVoice, iPerceptions and Zoho Discussions to name but a few.
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