I would like to hear what the community has to say regarding search engines, with a twist.
A long time coming, today I found all my requests to Ixquick redirected to Startpage. Ixquick was my engine of choice. At this point I expect someone to cite the primary importance of privacy, my previous choice of Ixquick, and thus an obvious suggestion: Startpage. Thanks, but no thanks.
What is my problem with Startpage?
Here is my perspective. With adequate provisioning, any search engine is fine to use from a privacy standpoint. By provisioning I mean choice of browser, addons, connection method, etc. My primary concern is not privacy because I handle that myself, ignoring the S.E.'s reputation for such. My concern is with the quality of search results.
History lesson. In olden days the choice was between Yahoo or Google. Yahoo went early with the commercial model, carefully managing your complete experience end-to-end, steering you toward their valuable partners, web portalization, etc. Google beat all that with strict adherence to academic methodology, and computer science. Sadly, all was merely short term tactics over strategy. Yahoo had the right idea, the right strategy, but it was Google who became Yahoo's dream.
Anyway, today, I find a note of bias in Google S.E. results, with commercial, regulatory, and ideological considerations given subtle (but noticeable) predominance. This is why I preferred Ixquick. While including results from Google, they cast a wide net and did not give any source special prominence. I found Ixquick returned more relevant results.
My understanding is Startpage goes straight to Google for everything. Given my perspective, you should understand why I find Startpage to be nothing more than Google re-branded. Such is my problem with Startpage.
Searx I know of. MetaGer is currently my favorite contender. What else is worth consideration?