[PLUG-TALK] Search engine result filter

Denis Heidtmann denis.heidtmann at gmail.com
Fri Jun 10 12:08:40 PDT 2016

so use of quotes and -word no longer works?


On Fri, Jun 10, 2016 at 11:16 AM, Keith Lofstrom <keithl at kl-ic.com> wrote:

> I am looking for a firefox addon or a third party
> website that filters search engine results to the
> subset that match my search words exactly.
> I use DuckDuckGo rather than Google Search, but they share
> the same annoying "thesaurus and ignore" feature: rather
> than send me only the specific results that include ALL
> the exact search terms I provide, they seem to send a huge
> glob of previously searched results that have some of my
> search words, some words that they assume are the same
> as mine (for example, median == mean in googlespeak),
> and just plain ignore the terms that I hope (in vain)
> would narrow the results to a few worth investigation.
> I want a tool that will sort through a vast wad of search
> results for the few that precisely match my query.  I fear
> that such a would will trigger bot detectors and captcha
> requests, but a more clever tool might work more slowly.
> I would rather wait 20 minutes for my specific results
> than waste an hour searching through nonsequitur results.
> Years ago, when Google executed search queries exactly,
> we played a game called "Google Whack":  enter two
> search words that returned only one result, where each
> word alone returned many results.  The score was the
> multiplicative product of the counts for each word
> alone, and could sometimes could be hundreds of thousands.
> Google Whack doesn't work any more.  Google changed the
> behavior of their engine, and their competitors followed.
> The new behavior is fine for conformists who want to
> think exactly the same as everyone else, but not for me.
> Keith
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