diberry - 11:04 pm on Sep 24, 2013 (gmt 0)
This is exactly what I've been saying for a while now, Brett. I may not have exactly the same preferences as you, but I want all those things as OPTIONS.
No search engine functioning like they do now and did 10 years ago can parse the sheer volume of webpages out there meaningfully. Right now, everyone I know just keeps going back and adding more "tail" to filter search results, but this doesn't work like it once did, either.
Someone needs to reinvent the whole concept of search in the ways Brett's talking about. The engine simply needs more input from you than a few words. Somebody needs to create an engine that asks you to give more input and rewards you with more refined results. Maybe the current search engines don't see any profit in that, but there is such a big niche that would try an alternative if it was properly marketed as a whole new way of searching the net.
I find myself searching less and less than I used to. There's not a great alternative, but I actually end up doing shoutouts on Facebook ("Does anybody know a good [whatever]?") and it often works better.
Two years ago, I could find anything I wanted via search. I knew all the filter commands - which are mostly disabled now - and I knew how to add "tail" the right way because I'm a webmaster. Now even with that webmaster insider info, I just get lost.