I think I kind of love this search engine that optimizes for pages with lots of text? Like it feels *startlingly* like searching the web did twenty years ago.


@SpindleyQ It's interesting and troubling to me that it prioritizes old low-tech websites because the developer says sites that have stuck around for 20 years have a "fundamental redeeming quality" that makes them worth keeping around. Sites that are 20 years old are also probably predominantly by white male techies who have decided to continue paying to keep their old writing online! I really like the idea behind this, but that seems like a big drawback they're looking past

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@shadsy This is an important criticism that I hadn't given much thought to! Certainly that kind of "the OLD internet was BETTER" line of thinking ignores or risks celebrating a lot of truly awful shit, and can't be the basis for fixing what we have.

That said, I like how effectively the project makes very clear that search engines make value judgements, and that we can choose to make different ones.

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