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Re^3: Try DuckDuckGo://

by DrHyde (Prior)
on Oct 17, 2011 at 10:03 UTC ( #931874=note: print w/replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re^2: Try DuckDuckGo://
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Google's results were, at the point I started using it, mostly better than the competition, although I did still occasionally use Yahoo's "curated" index for a coupla years. If DDG is to get users, it needs to be as good as or better than the competition most of the time. The competition is Google. My apologies for typing "If only DDG's search results were as good as google's" instead of "If only DDG's search results were as good as their competitors'" which appears to have confused you.

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Re^4: Try DuckDuckGo://
by mojotoad (Monsignor) on Nov 08, 2011 at 09:17 UTC
    You skipped Alta Vista? What's your "curated" summary of the search space at that time?
      From memory - and this was a long time ago so my memory is almost certainly wrong - I used Altavista for general searching with Yahoo's human-edited indexes when Altavista wasn't good enough, and then switched to using Google for general searching with Yahoo's human-edited indexes when Google wasn't good enough.

        That's how I remember it too: Altavista was the best for searches, partly because it understood boolean words like AND and OR and grouping with parentheses. That was great for when you weren't sure which of a few different words or spellings people might use. Can any search engine today do something like "(linux OR unix) AND (kernel OR kernal)", without breaking it up into various fields in an Advanced Search form? Then if AV couldn't find anything, I'd start digging through directories like Yahoo. Seems like there was a stretch where I used Lycos for search too, but I can't remember if that was pre- or post- Altavista.

        Aaron B.
        My Woefully Neglected Blog, where I occasionally mention Perl.

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