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The demise of Ixquick Anonymous 04/19/2018 (Thu) 22:47:34 [Preview] No. 12655
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?


Anonymous 04/20/2018 (Fri) 00:28:55 [Preview] No.12657 del
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>>12655
I'm surprised to see them do it.
I have no idea why, but they've made a number of retarded moves with no explanation in the past:
>removing the option to get 100 results per page
>removing scroll image search
>removing search query from tab title
If it's a cost cutting measure, it'd have to be because more and more people are
learning it exists and using it, but they don't make enough money
(from selling email accounts) to keep up with the demand.
Maybe people didn't use Ixquick enough.
Maybe they think Searx is superior.
I don't know.

You are right that Google's results are trash (articles from news websites typically get top priority second only to Wikipedia)
but everything else is even worse in my experience

Searx is what you want if you like having control over what results you get,
but at the same time the aggregation is probably not that sophisticated,
so if something about Ixquick searches to you seemed coherent and effective,
maybe a more black-boxed engine like Dogpile is for you.
I know of Gigablast, but it's not a meta-search engine from my understanding.
If you're tired of centralization, you can also run the software YaCY, which
is a decentralized search engine;
but it's written in Java so it's resource intensive.

I personally continue to use Startpage until I get a server for YaCY,
but if I was in your predicament, I'd use Searx. Hadn't heard of MetaGer
but it looks good. You've got your options covered.


Anonymous 04/20/2018 (Fri) 08:26:48 [Preview] No.12658 del
I use yandex.ru for images and searxes.danwin1210.me for general search which searxes is a searx web proxy that randomly picks a searx instance.



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