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Hotbot UK
Boolean and Wildcard searching

 5:47 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

I can't see to get the UK version of Hotbot to search using wildcards or Boolean, although their help pages state that they support both!

Does anyone know if this is a bug or have these options not been working for a while?




 6:07 pm on Dec 16, 2002 (gmt 0)

Welcome to WebmasterWorld mellb

Have you tried from here [hotbot.lycos.co.uk]

I have to say, the serps are not returning as they should so it just could be an update on the way.


 8:48 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Thanks, but still no luck. I was attempting an evaluation of the US version of Hotbot but, midway through, they decided to completely change! So I thought I would focus on the UK one, but most of the features don't seem to work.

Anyway, I am re-writing the report, on the US version :-(

Thanks for your reply


 8:57 am on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

Remember, they are different. Hotbot UK is a Lycos property delivering results from FAST and Hotbot US always used to deliver Ink data.


 7:16 pm on Dec 17, 2002 (gmt 0)

I note that Hotbot UK is now using Inktomi again for results. I wonder if that is related to the new US Hotbot release - in particular the use of Inktomi as the default search index - and the offer of paid inclusion into Inktomi via Lycos Insite. May just be temporary.

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