All three of the SEís have their own personalities and traits which is a big positive in my mind. People around here rate the ďqualityĒ of the results based on how they rank, its just human nature. They all have strengths and weaknesses. Iím glad thereís three, and wish there were a few more.
The central issue with Yahoo these days though is they aggressively encroach upon the individuality of the user. Itís their position they know better than the user, what the user is looking for or wants. This is where the hand coding comes in. What hand coding means is they think they know better than their own algorithm what the searcher wants. Hand coding is one mans thinking of what you, the user, wants to see. Does it potentially look better than those produced by their algorithm? Who knows, but itís a bad habit that gets worse over time as you do it more and more. It just keeps re-enforcing this concept that you know what people are looking for, better than they do. Fact is you canít. You might have cleaned up the mess a little, but now someone has decided what I get to view and what I donít.
Hand coding is only a small part of Yahoo embracing a culture that it knows best what the searcher wants better than the searcher. In addition to this, Yahoo has a very concerted penalty program. Every time you remove a site from the index, you make a decision for every single one of your users. That decision is we know better than you, what youíre looking for, and what you donít want. (and please note Iím not talking about trash, spam sites, auto generated pages, link farmed sites, ect, ect, ect, any of the well known junk that a lot of us have produced at one time) Itís an established fact Yahoo has removed a great deal of good sites for reasons ranging from hyphenated domains to the egregious fact of being an affiliate site. No SE has hand penalized more sites than Yahoo, and no search engine is more difficult to get re-included in.
Itís a great site, and a good search engine, I just wish they would give people a little more credit for being able to decide what sites they wish to visit than they do. If your site isnít showing, chances are someone at Yahoo didnít think too much of it, and thinks a little too highly of their own tastes.