What's it about current search engines that frustrates you...?
JanneJ 
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Posted 3/24/13
I'm developing a niche search engine and would like to hear your thoughts and experiences
You can answer on "search engines in general" or about some specific (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo etc).


- What features would you add / change / discard?

- Is there something that frustrates you when searching and you'd like it to be "fixed"?

- Would you like to see more / less of "something" (social elements, personalization etc)?

- Have you seen some great feature, on a less known search engine, that you have really liked (for example, filtering results when searching at online stores)?

- Other improvements?


( I'm not expecting you to answer all/any of the questions above, I just put them as ideas on what to answer )

All answers are truly appreciated!
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I don't like how they use keywords to find the sites. If I type a specific phrase, like "Custom hightop sneakers size us 13" it will take "hightop sneakers" and ignore the fact that I have size 13 feet.
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Posted 3/24/13
Nothing.
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Posted 3/24/13
anything bing does and nothing google does.
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Posted 3/24/13
Ohh yea your doing that? Please tell me how your doing that. I'm sure you are. Just model yours off of google, dummy. Why not model yours off of the most successful SE out there?
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Google has a bunch of search operators, like filetype, but they aren't properly documented on the site itself. In order to get information on them, you end up having to search for them (on other sites). So, if you're going to have search operators, document them in full!
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Thanks for the answers!

@schnipdip Because "the most succesful" doesn't equal "the best possible"
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What would I like for search engines to have the ability to do?

1. The ability to use Boolean logic operators, and, not, or, nor in normal Boolean expressions.
2. proximity operators like near apple near pie
2. The ability to use sets and combine sets to avoid typing complicated expressions over and over again.
example set1 = apple and pie, set2 = not wheat and (crust or shell or lining). Then search for s3 = s1 and s2. For each set you defined you would get the number of hits, not results unless you ask for them too. Then you would look at the results of s3 in terms of what it found.

This was done in the 70-80's. It became easy to narrow down searches to a reasonable number of hits and on what you wanted but no web yet in this time frame.

To me today's search engines feel like broken toys and it gets even worse with the "here is what I think you want" instead of neutral results.
Posted 3/25/13
Idk, I use google for everything. I don't even bother with the others.
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Posted 3/25/13

Wihl wrote:

What would I like for search engines to have the ability to do?

1. The ability to use Boolean logic operators, and, not, or, nor in normal Boolean expressions.
2. proximity operators like near apple near pie
2. The ability to use sets and combine sets to avoid typing complicated expressions over and over again.
example set1 = apple and pie, set2 = not wheat and (crust or shell or lining). Then search for s3 = s1 and s2. For each set you defined you would get the number of hits, not results unless you ask for them too. Then you would look at the results of s3 in terms of what it found.

This was done in the 70-80's. It became easy to narrow down searches to a reasonable number of hits and on what you wanted but no web yet in this time frame.

To me today's search engines feel like broken toys and it gets even worse with the "here is what I think you want" instead of neutral results.


^^THIS^^. Boolean Operators FTW
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