plenty of people have noticed that serps seem to be slipping down the search pages in favour of ads. there was a topic on webmasterworld recently that suggested a site in position number 2 wasn't even assured of a place above the fold.
you can't blame the search engine companies for trying to make money with their own site, of course, but i was wondering if there was an opening for the search-engine equivalent of wikipedia.
wikipedia is basically maintained by its users, for their own free use. and all they ask for is donations.
firefox is sort of the same -- an ad-free and cost-free piece of kit that we all find useful.
could someone create a search engine like that? a community-based one? i suppose it could start out ranking sites the same way that all the other engines do, and then maybe allow its users to vote somehow on which sites deserve their place.
i know that there would be difficult problems to overcome, in that people could easily figure out how to rank. but do you think that it's feasible?
[edited by: londrum at 4:03 pm (utc) on Nov. 25, 2009]