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It sure as heck ain't Inktomi. And, it sucks big time. Curiously, I am doing #1 on the three most important SERPs for my sites. The problem is the *wrong* site is coming up #1 on 2 of those SERPs. The reason why is that the main site (the second site is on a specialized topic covered by the main one) is NOWHERE to be found on msn.co.uk. This site is very well linked to; even an ODP and Yahoo! directory listing. From the crud that was in the rest of those SERPs, it looks to me like this index misses a huge percentage of sites on the Internet.
Oh, it is 100% Inktomi - but not as you are used to seeing it. The results are nothing like Pure Search but are identical to Inktomi with the UK boost algo turned to "medium", which is what they are!
Is there a UK or anything else boost algo? Go to Hotbot UK and try playing with the country geotargeting in the web filters. Take off the UK - medium button and all the results will show like Pure Search. Put on the US - medium button and the results will show as they are on MSN US.
Unfortunately, the geotargeting still messes up from time to time!