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Edited because my last post was basically retarded ... not enough info given.
Google remains the best in relevancy, but speed and fresh content also counts. And here FAST is clearly better these days.
Lycos has never been to any of my sites (relatively new). Fast, yes, has been here the last three days and has taken all it wants.
What does the lycos spider do? Results on lycos to me are Direct Hit, then Fast results. Does it alter the Fast algo based on its own spidering or is it just there to say hello?
I think you may be right, Lycos crawlers made one or two request each - so probably url verification.
Don't yet have the sources to find out how the algo's manipulate each other, as for lycos using direct hit, the site in question is not even on direct hit yet!