• Snot Flickerman@lemmy.blahaj.zone
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    1 month ago

    &udm=14 is a temporary fix for those who still feel the need to use Google’s search.

    Paid search isn’t the solution, as evidenced by the untrustworthiness of the CEO of Kagi search.

    What I would like to see is a non-profit search.

    Google wanted to organize all the world’s information to make it useful. Sounds like a great idea destroyed by a profit motive getting in the middle. Try the same idea without the profit motive and you’ll probably end up creating something people will defend endlessly, like Wikipedia.

    What if your search engine asked you for a five dollar donation, once a year, the way Wikipedia does?

    Search engines should be non-profit, honestly, they should be an extension of Public Libraries.

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      1 month ago

      I haven’t kept up on this controversy, but is this really all there is to it? People think the service is untrustworthy because the CEO tried a bit too hard to convince a critical blogger, according to the comments possibly due to neurodivergence?

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        Read the blog post. I can totally see where the writer is coming from. Vlad’s email responses are pretty laughable with that added context. Not only did they tell him they weren’t interested in engaging, but the responses he sent anyways thoroughly dodged the substance of their arguments. They did their research and came to pretty reasonable conclusions, and vlad totally talked around/failed to address the points that really matter. Kinda slimy ngl.

        I can also see from the highlighted discord exchanges why they weren’t interested in engaging with him further. Sure he “responds” to everything, but he doesn’t really engage with constructive criticism. Whether or not the guy is autistic isn’t really relevant to whether he can run the business competently and make sure questions are answered in an honest and transparent manner.

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        It’s the equivalent of doing a Google search and then clicking on the “Web” tab for results.

        Clicking on “Web” manually inserts the &udm=14 at the end of the search string. I believe udm is just classifying which type of search to run, and this is a basic “web search” with no gimmicks.

        &udm=14 is fancy for nerds who think they’re special but for anyone else it’s just clicking on “Web” results.

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          I did not even know they separated out Web searches until I came to your comment. Super useful, thank you.

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          A URL query is pretty damn low on things that make me feel like a fancy nerd. Add it by default to your browser’s search function so it applies to all searches automatically