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Re: [gnu.org #194297] Re: Emacs-devel list IS slow

From: Lawrence Mitchell
Subject: Re: [gnu.org #194297] Re: Emacs-devel list IS slow
Date: Tue, 01 Jun 2004 17:40:23 +0100
User-agent: Gnus/5.110003 (No Gnus v0.3) Emacs/21.3.50

Richard Stallman wrote:

>     Searching for "emacs" and not finding it is much better than if
>     you were searching for "emacs" and found vi instead.  Unfortunately,
>     this is what Google does now.  If you search for emacs by
>     http://www.google.com/search?q=best+emacs&cat=gwd%2FTop
>     then Google returns results with the first link pointing to Vi editor :-(

This is not strictly true.  Searching in the directory category
gives, as results, links to Emacs-related pages.

The first link on the page is a "Google Directory" link.  Since
Vi lives in the same category ("Editors"), as Emacs, Google
suggests that its category may be of interest.  To whit:

| Directory     Results 1 - 10 of about 368 for best emacs. (0.23 seconds)

This is what we searched for.

| Related categories:     Computers > Software > Editors > Vi
|                         Computers > Software > Internet > Clients > WWW > 

These are Google directory categories that Google's backend
thinks may also be of interest.

| Emacs: The Sacred Editor
| Category: Computers > Open Source > Software > Editors > Emacs
| Theological Issues concerning The One True Editor, with
| particular reference to vi. As Saint IGNUcius...
| www.dina.dk/~abraham/religion/ - Cached - Similar pages

This is the first link.

> Is there any procedure for reporting such errors to Google?
> (I have no idea.)  If there is, could someone do it?

If people think there is a flaw in the Google's /search/
results, one can report it via email to

If one wants to query the web directory (which in this case is
the pertinant one, I think), one can email


Lawrence Mitchell <address@hidden>

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