How Moderator Works

What does Google Moderator do?
  • Google Moderator allows you to create a series about anything that you are interested in discussing and open it up for people to submit questions, ideas, or suggestions. These are called submissions. 
  • Anyone can come to the site and submit a question, idea, or vote, and anyone can vote. Google Moderator shows you a question in the box with the blue background. This is called the Featured Question.
  • topic is a way to break up your series into smaller, more manageable topics of discussion. You can have one topic, or multiple topics. For example, if you create a series of 'Book clubs' for your organization, topics could be 'Fiction,' 'Non-fiction,' or 'Auto-biographies.'

To create a series, visit and select "Create Series." (This requires signing in with a Google Account. Don't know what that is? Go here) This brings you to the series creation page. 

Here you can:

  • Name your series to tell your audience what it is about
  • Provide a description about your series
  • Add administrators who can also change the series name, description, and topics.
  • Choose whether or not to allow users to make submissions anonymously
  • Choose whether or not to allow users to make submissions containing YouTube videos

All of this information can be changed later through the "Edit Series" button on your series page. When you are done editing, click "Create Series".

How do I add a question / idea / suggestion to a series?

You can either submit a question or vote on a question that's already been asked; all you need is a Google Account to sign in. At the bottom of the topic page, just click the Suggest a question button.

How do I vote to get an existing question asked?

If you see a question that's been submitted, you can vote to recommend that it's asked. To do so, simply click the checkmark button. You can also click the X button if you'd like to vote against an existing question. When you mouse over the bars, you'll see the number of votes that have already been submitted.

How I comment on an existing question?

In addition to voting in favor of or against a question, if you own a series you'll also be able to post comments on questions. Just click <strong>Post a response</strong> and you can share your thoughts on the question with other participants.

How are most popular submissions ranked? 

Moderator ranks questions based on a simple statistical algorithm, with the goal of discovering the most popular questions. That algorithm is the ratio of positive votes to total votes for a submission, which is scaled by the total number of votes for the submission.

How can I get other people to vote on my idea or an idea that I really like?

The "Share" button allows you to copy a direct URL link to your idea, or share your idea directly through Gmail, Facebook, and Twitter. To use any of these services, you will need to sign-in to them and allow Google Moderator to access them. You can do this for any idea in a Moderator series.