Dear search engines,
If I type three words, let's say rca, 501 and emulator, and there are pages on the Internet that actually contains those three words, could you please, for the love of everything that you hold dear, show them to me?
And no, the Wikipedia page for the RCA 501 does not contain the word emulator, so why do you think that it belongs as the number one result?
And the second result, "15 best Android emulators for PC and Mac of 2020" does not contain the words rca nor 501.
There was a time when search engines actually searched for the terms you typed in. I'd like us to return to that.
@raimu Of course. After one realises that none of the results actually matter, it's possible to fix up the query so that it gets you what you want. It's a hassle though, and in the first result there is nothing that indicates that none but one of the search terms you entered are actually present in the pages, so you have to manually load them and search for the words.
+"rca 501" +emulatorseems to return only pages with all three terms. The other problem with "501" alone is that it's a pretty ubiquitous number.
@loke your search has been flagged as ‘unlikely to generate market capital.’ we have returned links that are more likely to promote consumption. if you would like to modify your search perameters to return more relevant results, we recommend adding “gamestop” to your search.
I'm not sure how YACY handles it, but maybe is worth a try. Bonus: you can self-host and federate the search results.
@loke look, this isn't a charity, we'll do our best to find results relevant to your search on the four websites we send people to, but ultimately you're going to go there because they paid for your clicks, little click piggy
@loke What really rustles my jimmies is looking for synchronous HTTP servers and getting pages about asynchronous HTTP servers, even without an “did you mean: …?” notice.
@loke So you say: well, I’ll look for “single-threaded” then. But this just gives you results as if you typed “multi-threaded”.
Enter a search term, the response is often
"Showing results for <different search term>. Do you really want to search for <search term>?"
Why yes, yes I do.
@loke tools > unselect all results and select verbatim.
I've been using duck duck go a lot more this year. It's not that DDG has improved much at all recently, but big G has fallen so far that DDG is really looking really fabulous in comparison.
An observation I have is that people who spend all day logged into their G accounts get MUCH more compute resources in processing their requests, which leads me to believe they are actively shunning the privacy conscious crowd. Fools.
@loke unfortunately, a generation of people who once learned to use library card catalogues organized by title/subject/keyword were unable to use keyword search effectively, leading to the development of ask jeeves and this bullshit.
I long ago gave up on understanding this phenomenon
@loke Yeah, even with quotes around search terms, Google is sure it knows better. I miss AltaVista. That was the one search engine that would do an absolutely literal search, punctuation and all—great for looking up error messages.
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