vordmeister - 9:48 pm on Feb 28, 2011 (gmt 0)
The number of URLs and the number of unique queries that are in play today is immense. The scale of the job is extremely far out of reach for any manual effort to handle.
My point was I did ask humans and they gave me decent results. The google algo didn't get close.
While I take the point that it would be tricky for Google to employ enough humans to deal with my obscure searches (if they were not obscure searches why would I be searching?) my results on things I don't know about are becoming increasingly unhelpful. Google used to be useful to me, not so much these days.
I don't know what their answer is. I'm a searcher not a search engine algotithm writer. I can only highlight the problem.
I'm actually finding things in AltaVista when I can't find them elsewhere.