So Google Answers responded to my email with:
Thank you for your email.
When you post a question to the site you are operating under the
stipulations explained in the Terms of Service and Frequently Asked
Questions, which include posting your question and receiving an answer on
a publicly viewable site:
Information posted to this site is made public because one of the goals of
Google Answers is to help as many people as possible find the information
they are looking for. Thus, it is not our policy to remove questions
simply because they are publicly viewable.
The Google Answers Team
So I responded with:
I understand that you provide questions and answers as a service to your readers. And in most cases this is a very helpful service. However, you are also promoting cheating. You are allowing people to post full exams on your website and include the answers to every question on these exams.
After I sent you this email I searched on that persons name and I found the quiz I am now taking including all of the answers. I also found the final [however nobody answered those questions]. In your quest to to offer a website that gives people the answers they are looking for you are allowing people to cheat on exams and quizzes. This person is not just looking for help, but it asking somebody to outright do the work for them.
This is really just a moral issue for each individual that would use this website to cheat rather than doing the work themselves. It’s also a moral issue for you whether or not you want to continue to promote this cheating. Of course it’s up to you whether or not you want to do the right vs wrong thing and remove this information. I just wanted to let you know what was going on.
Additionally, I found the following on the link you provided:
Will Google Answers answer my homework questions?
It is not always possible for Google Answers to tell when a question posted to the site is a “homework” question. In general, we recommend that you use Google Answers as a tool to assist you with your homework rather than as a substitute for you doing your homework yourself. Please note that we reserve the right to remove questions from the site for any reason, and questions that are clearly homework may be subject to deletion.
Let me say that again, “Please note that we reserve the right to remove question from the site for any reason, and questions that are clearly homework may be subject to deletion.”
I realize you state “may be subject to deletion” rather than “will be subject to deletion,” but the answer clearly states you do not promote cheating. However, you do. I guess I’m confused on where your actual moral rules begin and end.
Apparently Google doesn’t care that people can completely cheat in their Business Calculus class and receive an undeserved “A”.
So why do I care?
I guess I care because people who use this website are the type of people who will just soar through school on somebody else’s brain. And then they will graduate and be in the real world. And some day I may have to run in to them at the grocery store or at work or on my kids’ soccer field and I will have to listen to their stupid asses and wonder how they ever earned a college degree.
Oh that’s right. They never did earn it.