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MSN Dude, try and light a fire under Eytan to get it through the execs heads that if MSN is going to have a chance in the market, it needs webmasters on its side. Taking away this functionality is turning your back on us.
The road of search is littered with search engines/directories that thought that webmasters didn't really matter. Infoseek/Go, Excite, LookSmart, etc.
Yahoo! is dying a slow death, we'd like to see MSN succeed.
(if) MSN is going to have a chance in the market, it needs webmasters on its side. Taking away this functionality is turning your back on us.
This is exactly what the problem is from where I sit.
[edited by: Receptional at 1:57 pm (utc) on April 1, 2007]
For those of you who use some of the advanced query syntax in our search engine such as link:, linkdomain: and inurl:, you may have noticed that this functionality has been recently turned off. We have been seeing broad use of these features by legitimate users but unfortunately also what appears to be mass automated usage for data mining. So for now, we have made the tough call to block all queries with these operators.
We are doing our best to get this back online as soon as possible in a manner that allows folks that use this functionality for real queries. We have a few good ideas up our sleeve on how to enable this, but want to make sure we are making the right changes that will give you the functionality you want and all of our customers the experience they deserve. Our apologies and thank you for being patient. Keep an eye on our blog for updates.