we will be closing the doors on the Wikia Search project (as of March 31, 2009) and will be re-directing and refocusing resources on other Wikia.com properties ... In a different economy, we would continue to fund Wikia Search indefinitely.
I hardly think the economy is the issue, if you produce a better search people will still come to it regardless of the economy. bye-bye
Werent they talking about being the next google killer and all? Nothing wrong with a little cockiness and trash talk, but if you go out like this, it's plain ridiculous. that's like a 5th grader who hasnt played basketball before c hallenging MJ in his prime
Msg#: 3882720 posted 2:18 am on Apr 20, 2009 (gmt 0)
It was a pity that it failed. It really had some good people involved and they seemed to be serious about the backend and software. However all search engines depend on the quality of their search index for their success. I took a look at the URLs in Wikia Search's last database dump and the quality was very poor. This is the area, search index quality, that had they concentrated on it would have made a difference. Real search professionals are far rarer than the enthusiastic amateurs that Wikipedia relies upon for its continued success.