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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

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  746 votes / 4%
  280 votes / 1%
  4939 votes / 28%
  861 votes / 5%
Ask Jeeves
  1056 votes / 6%
  1829 votes / 10%
  1931 votes / 11%
Some other (non-Google, non-Bing) option
  5417 votes / 31%
17059 total votes.
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  • Don't complain about lack of options. You've got to pick a few when you do multiple choice. Those are the breaks.
  • Feel free to suggest poll ideas if you're feeling creative. I'd strongly suggest reading the past polls first.
  • This whole thing is wildly inaccurate. Rounding errors, ballot stuffers, dynamic IPs, firewalls. If you're using these numbers to do anything important, you're insane.
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I'd most rather, of the following, search with:

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  • by mendax (114116) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @02:25AM (#44140513)

    I am a luddite sometimes. Sometimes doing things the old-fashioned way is faster. I cut my teeth in school doing research in the library using its card catalog before it bought some awful online thing that ran on a PDP 11/45. Mercifully, they replaced it with something far more modern. And there were times when flipping through the cards was faster than using the computer. Then there is wandering through the stacks. Sometimes you don't know what you're looking for until you stumble upon it. If you didn't already know this, books are shelved according to subject. Books on similar or closely-related topics are going to be shelved close to each other.

  • Gopher (Score:5, Interesting)

    by FPhlyer (14433) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @02:36AM (#44140541) Homepage

    Must have been around 1995.
    I was working in Public Affairs for Navy Recruiting and was asked by a local town to take part in a 50th anniversary remembrance of the end of World War II. I used Gopher to find a heart-wrenching first-hand account of the attack on Pearl Harbor written by a former Navy Seaman shortly after the event had taken place. My presentation would be a dramatic reading of that document that I downloaded via Gopher.
    As I took to the podium that night, right after actor Jim Nabors finished singing America the Beautiful, it suddenly dawned on me that in every place where the author of my speech referred to the Japanese, he did so with a racial epithet.
    I began to sweat.
    The hardest part of giving that speech was having to censor the document in real time to say "the Japanese" rather than to use the racial epithet from the original document. My audience was a small town in Alabama so it's quite possible nobody would have minded, but it would have bothered me to this day. How I didn't catch it while I read and practiced the speech is still a mystery to me; probably because it was such a common epithet that it is repeated in most historical documentaries or dramas about the time period that my mind just accepted it uncritically.
    Gopher was a great tool and sometimes I miss the clean and not-heavily formatted text that Gopher delivered as opposed to the media-rich content delivered by http.

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @02:58AM (#44140595)

    I'm old enough (and have been at UW long enough) to have used Metacrawler back when it was still a University of Washington experimental offering. Later it became my first introduction to the wonderful world of a grant-developed product turning into a commercial windfall for someone - I felt betrayed when the ads and sponsored listings showed up.

    I'm somewhat more inured to that situation now, but it does still bug me.

  • Re:AltaVista? (Score:5, Interesting)

    by AliasMarlowe (1042386) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @08:40AM (#44141403) Journal

    It's still the best of the options listed.

    It was, when it supported the NEAR keyword in its boolean searches (its support for brackets helped, too). When it dropped the NEAR keyword, it became no better than Google (of the same time) in its capabilities. Actually, it became worse than Google since it included a smaller subset of pages in its search.

    I still miss that damn NEAR keyword. So I picked the "Some other (non-Google, non-Bing) option", since there was no other way to indicate a preference for the AltaVista of yesteryear.

  • Such a shame... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by StoneyMahoney (1488261) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @09:54AM (#44141803)

    I used to use Altavista almost exclusively until someone on alt.hacker pointed me in the direction of Google about 15 years ago. It's a pity what's happened to all those other web search systems:

    Altavista and Webcrawler are now merely front-ends for Yahoo.
    Dogpile aggregates Yahoo, Google and Yandex.
    Infoseek is no more and Gopher is almost impossible to find.

    So realistically, those poll options boil down to Yahoo, Yandex, Ask and Lycos.

  • Re:Duck Duck Go (Score:5, Interesting)

    by jones_supa (887896) on Saturday June 29, 2013 @05:23PM (#44144175)
    If you care about your privacy, DuckDuckGo is probably the best search engine.
  • by dpbsmith (263124) on Sunday June 30, 2013 @08:58PM (#44150099) Homepage

    Yes, in the 1960s there was a conference entitled INTREX, for Information Transfer Experiments, that was sort of about library-like computer systems. One of the papers was a thoughtful examination of what it meant to "browse" in a library and how one would build a computerized "browsery." I don't know if any such thing was ever implemented, but it seems like a problem that hasn't been solved.

    All the computer types assume that you want to do a targeted search and know what you are trying to find. All I can say is, I learned so much by going into the stacks to find specific book X and getting distracted by all the interesting books on related topics on the shelves around it.

  • by jeffmeden (135043) on Monday July 01, 2013 @03:56PM (#44158185) Homepage Journal

    If you didn't already know this, books are shelved according to subject. Books on similar or closely-related topics are going to be shelved close to each other.

    Search engines could be argued to be like an un-sorted Library, or a Library lacking a decent librarian.

    So far as I know, no one has ever been able to create an automated cataloger or an automated librarian anywhere near as competent as a human one. Asking a question of a good reference librarian is worth one hundred Google searches.

    Smart searchers try google once or twice, then head to the reference desk... []

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