Here’s another question for you search engine users. (Sorry, this one’s not as fun as the heinous pornspam question, but at least that gives me an excuse to say ‘heinous pornspam’ again.)
Let’s say you send a query to your favorite websearch engine. How often do you find yourself having one of the following two reactions?
“What lame results! They’re all X pages!” (Where X is anything: news articles, blogs, heinous pornspam, product pages, wikis …) [Let’s call this reaction lame-all-the-same]
“What lame results! A total grab-bag of random stuff, when I wanted X pages!” [Let’s call this reaction lame-not-the-same]
Let’s make it more poll-like, and give four choices:
a) When my search results suck, they’re more often lame-all-the-same than lame-not-the-same.
b) When my search results suck, they’re more often lame-not-the-same than lame-all-the-same
c) My search results often suck, but never in a lame-all-the-same or lame-not-the-same way.
d) My search results never suck.
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