nowhere4 - 7:43 pm on Aug 8, 2001 (gmt 0)
If the Internet is going to remain a free market, then search engines must be able to decide what links they want to put on their web site, under what order, and under whatever conditions they want. And if we don't like what they are doing (which I don't,) then we should all actively support others. They aren't "engines," they are web sites. You really want laws passed about this? Can you imagine passing laws telling you what links you will put on your site, in what order, and under what terms? Everyone is looking at search engines as if there is a place called "Internet Control Central," and there you have the greedy engines laughing at us peasants. You know as well as I, they started out as webmasters that took a risk. Look at Google just a couple of years ago. What were they, a few college kids that everyone laughed at when they launched their project? 99% of them failed, and many that succeeded are failing. By limiting their freedom, we will not get more engines, we'll get less. The ones today will close shop, and the new ones will suffer the same fate. It will all go to one company that controls all of them. What we have now isn't a monopoly. It's not even close. It's like saying that record companies have the monopoly on music.