makemetop - 6:01 pm on Sep 14, 2000 (gmt 0) I've given up working out why and echo the sentiment that Inktomi should let us all know what the new deal is going to be so we can pay up and get on with life!
What I was trying to say was that a lot of sites which are reputable have linked to me (without my knowledge) and these sites are in the permanent DB. Prior to June 27th they would show up as links when doing a 'little-dog' search with a lower relevance than 'little-dog' which would be #1. After June 27th the linking sites leapfrogged over 'little-dog' and got relevance ratings of 99% whereas 'little-dog' slipped to only being 95% relevant. This (however) did not effect all linkings - ODP links stay will down in the rankings. So for a while my .com name was at position 10 or lower, until I mentioned it in these forums and it jumped to #1 within 2 hours! However the site that all the links are to and my main site (a .co.uk) is still ranked at #15 in pure Inktomi results like MSN and doesn't appear at all in HotBot - though all the links to it do! Even links from my own sites that I have never submitted to Inktomi show up in HotBot (but not in MSN).
I've given up working out why and echo the sentiment that Inktomi should let us all know what the new deal is going to be so we can pay up and get on with life!