Wikipedia Search Engine Wikiseek

Jan 17, 2007 • 7:38 am | comments (6) by twitter Google+ | Filed Under Other Search Engines
 

As expected, Jimmy Wales, founder of the Wikipedia, has launched his search engine, named Wikiseek.com. (This is not a search engine by Wikipedia, but it does use Wikipedia's content - sorry, still catching up). All I have seen are negative reviews about the search engines, you can read Danny's huge analysis at Search Engine Land, his conclusion:

In the end, if you want to search Wikipedia, just go to Wikipedia and search there rather than Wikiseek. That seems the better experience. Or search at Google -- it tends to bring up Wikipedia pages all the time for relevant queries.

I have searched through the various discussion forums and honestly did not find much conversation on it. There is a large thread at WebmasterWorld and a very short one at DigitalPoint Forums.

The overall consensus is that it is currently a poor search experience because of the restrictions of only showing results within the wikiepdia community.

I also did notice someone at WebmasterWorld noted that http://wikiseek.com/ returns a 404, they need to 301 that to the www version.

Forum discussion at WebmasterWorld & DigitalPoint Forums.

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Comments:

Jojo

01/17/2007 01:16 pm

Jimmy Wales is not behind Wikisearch. Wikisearch is not Wikiasearch. ;-) Danny wrote a good article about Wikisearch.

Jojo

01/17/2007 01:18 pm

Oh, you linked Danny´s article ... then read his second sentence.

Barry Schwartz

01/17/2007 01:30 pm

Sorry, fixed. Still jet lagged, kinda feel like i am in a tunnel...

Len

01/17/2007 06:14 pm

I've been using http://www.futef.com for searches on wikipedia. Better results than wikiseek and also better than the wikipedia search.

Imnotadoctor

01/17/2007 09:53 pm

Yea more ads! I wrote a little about how i think wikisearch = wikisucks over at my blog.

Structured_Web

10/11/2011 12:15 am

We created a website to make it easier to search for information in Wikipedia.  Even Wikipedia does not have that ability.  Have a look at our about page (scroll down for the Quick Demo): http://goo.gl/f4wKm

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