Altavista engine killed quotes

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Until last month Altavista search engine allowed phrase search by use of

This has ceased. Now when quotes are entered in a search, the quote marks are
ignored and deleted when the results are shown.

I've sent Altavista e-mails about this and got curt "we're working on this"

But how long (it's been almost 8 weeks since I discovered it) does it take to
restore from backup the old engine? Surely they can do this while fixing bugs
in the quotes?

Anyone have some inside information on what's going on?


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