Late yesterday, Googlers Andrew Bonventre and Michelle Lee introduced 'Forms'.
Apparently, the sharing of speadsheets in Google Docs may have caused a few cockpit problems. In fact, the announcement on the Google Docs Blog says 'Stop sharing spreadsheets, start collecting information'.
Obviously, they're not asking that you stop sharing spreadheets entirely.
Forms enables you to create an e-mail. The recipient can then gain access to your speadsheet(s) as you wish. There's also a gadget (but you knew that :).
Looks to be a step in the right direction for Google Docs.
The article can be found here .