bobmark - 2:02 pm on Sep 27, 2002 (gmt 0)
I took a look at one of these SE's - openfind - and you can search in english and get results so they do add english language sites to their db. I have no idea how many people using them search in english, however.
Openifind does such extensive and frequent crawling of english languange sites (and for all I know french, spanish, etc) that I really wonder if they have a strategic plan in place to challenge Google & inktomi and sell their index to yahoo, aol etc. If 99% of their searchers use and are looking for sites in an asian language, why index non-Asian sites so extensively?