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The contents of Wikiseek are restricted to Wikipedia pages and only those sites which are referenced within Wikipedia, making it an authoritative source of information less subject to spam and SEO schemes.
Wikiseek utilizes Searchme's category refinement technology, providing suggested search refinements based on user tagging and categorization within Wikipedia, making results more relevant than conventional search engines.
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[edited by: engine at 3:35 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2007]
I have worked with many charities in the UK, how would you feel about an employee of a "charity" being paid a salary of 1m sterling per annum? It happens at one of the UK's largest charities.
I'm not Google's greatest fan, but at least they are honest. The Wikifoundation I don't trust an inch. This stinks of "world domination" to me.
Suppose it will encourage more people to mess around with the links on wikipedia though but it is refreshing to see search results without the spam esq clutter that follows other search engine results.
[edited by: Idris at 3:55 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2007]
I'm glad to see someone coming at search from a new direction. The results are bound to look very different than Google, instead of just looking like a (usually inferior) copy of them.
Yeah, and they use "patented technology and proprietary vertical search engines"... There is even a "tm", on the search button...
> Message from "lgn1":
> Well, I expect this restriction to Wikipedia,
> is just a temporary situation for testing
It does not seem so. The original post is a copy of the about page of Wikiseek... If this was only temporary, they would certainly mention it, as it seems to be a huge restriction (well, it does not mean they won't change this in the future, though).
> Message from "walkman":
> Goog does the same more or less already:
> site:wikipedia.com "search term"
No, Wikiseek also indexes all websites which are linked from WP, not just pages from WP...
[edited by: Mathieu_Bonnet at 5:02 pm (utc) on Jan. 16, 2007]
Yep! I don't think I would be very happy about this if I was a W editor. People are going to be drawing dotted lines from WikiSeek to Wikipedia and back to Google rankings and going, "Oh, I see."
And on the other hand, Wiki anything with sponsored links is just weird.
Also, I've only looked at this a little but it seems like the results are weighted from W data. How does that balance out considering that there are a lot of companies with good info out there who also just happen to be commercial and ipso facto "sort of banned" from being in the W data. But, looking at the results it actually looks sort of OK. How do they do that?
The new wiki search engine anounced in December to compete with Google and the likes is searchwiki
NOT wikiseek, which is an internal search engine to Wikipedia
I think the two similiar names are adding to the confusion
how would you feel about an employee of a "charity" being paid a salary of 1m sterling per annum?
How much an employee of a charity is paid is of no consequence. It is how much money they can raise for the charity minus the cost of hiring them that is of importance to the charity.
If the charity can raise an extra five million (they wouldn't otherwise be able to raise) by hiring someone for a million and they can't get that person to join them if they pay any less, why wouldn't the charity do so?
Wikiseek sounds like it might have the potential to be like the Google of 1998. (Remember that?!)
On the other hand, it might be the final nail in Wikipedia's coffin.