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post #9106 of 11512
One of the most annoying "features" of modern search engines is their use of "fuzzy" searching. The default behavior for google is for "Verbatim" search to be off. This means that if you search for a specific set of search terms, google will look at your terms and give you results that include MORE than just pages that have your specific terms. It can include pages with terms that are "similar" to your terms (like including a page with the word "kitten" when you searched for "cat"), or terms that could be a common misspelling of your search term (like including a page with "vat" when you searched for "cat" - look at your keyboard and check the location of "c" and "v"), or pages that might have been previously included in searches with your search terms (like including a page with "pu$$y" when you searched for "cat").

rant mode on

I think all of the above is the work of the devil. I am very knowledgeable on boolean logic. I understand the use of NOT AND OR and parenthesis. If I want a search engine to search for (cat OR kitten) AND licking AND NOT (pu$$y OR shaved OR "rug munching") - then *THAT* is what I want the search engine to do! But NOOOOO - the great google believes it *knows* what I really want and what I tell it to do is completely irrelevant!

rant mode off

I use a plug-in for Chrome that forces "Verbatim" to be on in google searches. That helps a little, but it still doesn't give me the search result I could get if true boolean logic was allowed. And image searches are even worse - there is NO verbatim and image search won't even recognize a quoted phrase. With image search "cat licking" will return exactly the same results as cat OR licking - freaking useless!!
post #9107 of 11512
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Originally Posted by billybob_jcv View Post

I use a plug-in for Chrome that forces "Verbatim" to be on in google searches. That helps a little, but it still doesn't give me the search result I could get if true boolean logic was allowed. And image searches are even worse - there is NO verbatim and image search won't even recognize a quoted phrase. With image search "cat licking" will return exactly the same results as cat OR licking - freaking useless!!

I didn't know such a thing existed. What is the plug in called?

post #9108 of 11512

https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/verbatim-search/occcfdnjdbgjglcbpolkmjnjillkgbcm?hl=en

 

Inserts tbs=li:1 into all of your search urls, essentially. Two seconds with a greasemonkey script, just sayin....

 

Of course no such problems with DDG and surfraw will do it for ya.

post #9109 of 11512
Or you could just enter your queries like "this" for verbatim.
post #9110 of 11512
using quotes creates an exact phrase - I don't think that is exactly the same as "verbatim". For example if I say:

cat kitten

Google will return all docs with either cat OR kitten, and it will also use fuzzy logic.

If I instead use:

"cat kitten"

Google will return docs with the exact phrase "cat kitten"

But if I use:

"cat" "kitten"

The results are similar to Verbatim, but don't seem to be exactly the same. I suppose they could just be in a different order?

I miss the old Alta Vista. You youngsters don't know how cool & useful the ability to do true boolean searches really was. The whole thing makes no sense to me - there are FAR more pages on the internet now then ever before - so wouldn't it make sense to have more filtering capability to limit the results returned? Instead the stupid search engine is trying to give you even more pages!! Who the heck cares if I get 14,000,000 pages instead of 12,000,000 pages?? I would rather have 10 good pages!!
post #9111 of 11512

:eek: Quality... in a throw-a-way society?

post #9112 of 11512

If only it were technically and resource-feasible - the idea of regex searching the entire web is neat to think about until you get to the practical side....why would one need it?

 

After doing a quick search (ironic isn't it) about things similar to that, Blekko can "grep" content in a neat way. I'm trying it out right not

post #9113 of 11512

I probably should check posts not read... but they're so hard to find D:

post #9114 of 11512

Blekko was nice. Found some great stuff on cat rears.

 

I'm late with the compilation - I have to do an addendum for the Twitter handles (shame that died out lately)

post #9115 of 11512

Hi guys, anyone mind if I chill on here now and again? It's been awhile since I've chewed the fat with some of you.

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TwinQY why do you have a custom title concerning a cats butt?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

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Edited by DigitalFreak - 10/2/13 at 9:09pm
post #9116 of 11512

Hooray he's here ~~

 

Missed ya DigiGhettoRedOctober.....missed ya so much.....

You can come back for as long as you want. Perhaps forever. Perhaps longer than that. 

I'll have a compilation scheduled to come up so you can catch up on where the thread left off shortly

post #9117 of 11512
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post
 

Hooray he's here ~~

 

Missed ya DigiGhettoRedOctober.....missed ya so much.....

You can come back for as long as you want. Perhaps forever. Perhaps longer than that. 

I'll have a compilation scheduled to come up so you can catch up on where the thread left off shortly

Thanks TwinQY, I hope everyone else is cool with me chilling on here

post #9118 of 11512

If they don't I'll beat them with a stick like in the Ghettos. Better recognize.

 

BTW excited about those Alpha Dogs? I hear they're shipping the pre-order.

post #9119 of 11512
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Originally Posted by TwinQY View Post
 

If they don't I'll beat them with a stick like in the Ghettos. Better recognize.

 

BTW excited about those Alpha Dogs? I hear they're shipping the pre-order.

Yeah i got my tracking info on Friday and they popped up on the USPS site today as electronic info received but it's still not showing up on the Canada Post site yet. I don't think they've entered the USPS processing center yet. If they had the tracking info would be showing up on the Canada Post site. The pics I've seen on the AD thread are quite off the wall. The AD's are real lookers.


Edited by DigitalFreak - 10/2/13 at 9:22pm
post #9120 of 11512

Only time will tell whether or not the Unicorn will be included....let us know.

 

They are rather shiny. Beautiful finish. 

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