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- Nick Wedd
August 6, 2004, 5:00 pm
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There are certain web sites that have arranged themselves to come at or
near the top of a Google search when you are hoping to find a site
selling just about anything in just about any locality. In Britain,
anyway; I guess other countries suffer from these things too. Whether
I want a scythe or a scanner or a map, these same few sites come to the
top of the list, and they don't actually sell scythes scanners or maps,
they just allow me to search (less well than with Google) for sites that
actually do sell them.
These sites do not provide a service to users, they do the opposite, by
getting in the way of my attempt to find a supplier. I guess that
Google would love to blacklist them, but feels it can't.
However, here is what Google could do. It could let me configure my
Googlebar, and tell it "I never again want to be informed about any page
within xxx domain". And then, if it wanted, Google could check up on
how many of its users had censored certain domains, and make appropriate
use of the information.
Nick Wedd firstname.lastname@example.org
Re: annoying web sites
Although that's a start, there are millions of rubbish sites, and you are
restricted to a certain number of search terms. It would be nice to have a
block list, rather like some people build up large killfiles. If it ran
client-side then the SE wouldn't take a huge performance hit whilst processing
I don't go for the idea of flagging up certain domains as spam if a lot of
people block them. For example, a lot of people might want to block sites
selling alcohol or offering gambling, but it doesn't follow that these sites
are spamming the serps.
Inside the Bubble - autism information
Re: annoying web sites
On 08 Aug 2004 15:55:19 GMT, email@example.com
Unless the negative feedback is only used to adjust a page's score for
certain terms or phrases for which the page most consistently gets
negative feedback. That would also guard against folks trying to
scuttle their competitors.
It would take a lot of extra computing power & storage, I would think,
but then Google stands to make a metric buttload of cash on its IPO,
no matter how much bad press they get between now and then. The may as
well spend it on something.
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