diberry - 2:05 am on Jun 23, 2013 (gmt 0)
I have no skills with which to help anyone create a new search engine. But as someone who's been searching since the 90s and is now having more trouble than ever finding what she's after, I would love to see an alternative engine that guides me through a few questions to hone my results. I put in a term, and it asks me if I'm shopping, looking for information, etc. It could have preference settings, like do I want big brand sites or more off-the-beaten-track sites? It could offer easy ways to eliminate certain words/types of sites from a query (basically functioning just the "-widget" thing that most searchers have never heard of).
If it did this, it would NOT be competing directly with Google, which tries but often fails to guess what you're looking for. This alt SE would admit right up front that it needs some context, and it could be marketed as the engine that takes a little input from you to give you truly customized results.