AskJeevesRep Talks: Defends Search Technology

Jun 11, 2004 • 9:24 am | comments (0) by | Filed Under - Ask Jeeves

A few post back, I mentioned I saw the AskJeevesRep active and lurking at the SearchEngineWatch Forums. Today the AskJeevesRep posted a reply to a message left by a member named Igor. Igor's post read:

I just noticed a big bug on Teamo. The short version is: Google has a system for ignoring the mirror sites that once gummed up its results; Teoma appears not to have a fix for this annoying practice. For example, search Teoma for the term "company names" (w/o quotes) and the "Resources" result column lists ten websites, seven of them being the identical mirror sites listed below:

AskJeevesRep, replied with:

You mention that Teoma has a big bug w.r.t mirror sites and that "company names" (without quotes) query brings up 10 links under "Resources" in which 7 are mirror sites.

As AskJeevesRep let me try to clarify: Teoma brings up 6 links under "Resources", not 10 as you cited, for the query 'company names' (without quotes). Further, only 2 are mirror sites in there: and, not 7. The 'hundredmonkeys' sites you mention are not in the Teoma Resources links we present.

We do have mirror detection in place; further, we are constantly working towards improving our mirror detection and other algorithmic capabilities.

Its nice to know that AskJeeves is out there, reading, improving and responding to the searchers needs.

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