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Sunday, April 13, 2008

A Site-Specific Search Engine

Has anyone EVER found what he or she was looking for using a search engine on a specific site? E.g. if you want to find out a list of apple prices from 1980 onward, don't you dare search for "apple prices" at the BLS website. And just now I was trying to find the academic homepage of Robert Balling, a climate scientist at Arizona State University. I tried at first to go through the hoops of "Academics" and then different departments, but that wasn't working. In desperation I tried searching the site for "balling." Ha ha why would that work?

In all honesty, has anyone EVER found the desired information using a site-specific engine? I think I'm about 0 for 50 in such searches. I usually don't even bother anymore.

10 comments:

  1. Yeah, I tried putting one up here and it found NOTHING, so I took it back down.

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  2. Google Search "THING YOU WANT TO SEARCH site:www.gene-callahan.org"

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  3. Anonymous12:40 AM

    Has anyone EVER found what he or she was looking for using a search engine on a specific site?

    Um, yes. Any more stupid questions?

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  4. Hey, I'm guessing, but by the "manners" test, I'd bet this is the same anusymous as in the Wilson thread.

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  5. Sidney8:11 AM

    Gene,

    Yeah, I tried putting one up here and it found NOTHING...

    This may be a deeper comment than you realize.

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  6. I should have clarified that I realize you can get Google to do it. I'm talking about a site-specific search engine, not a site-specific search. See?

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  7. Sidney, at least you come around and mock me in a witty manner, rather than just going for raw insult volume like last night's visitor.

    But something keeps you comin' back for more of our nothin'!

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  8. Sidney4:36 PM

    Gene,

    I come back for your mad dog attacks on the LRC crew. Quite entertaining (sometimes accuarte).

    Hey, I hear that Callahan writes there occasionally and this really needs to be chewed up:

    http://www.gene-callahan.org/blog/2008/04/quick-critique-of-gary-north.html

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  9. Sidney8:11 PM

    Whoops, that's supposed to be "I hear Murphy writes there....

    You Irishmen all sound alike, anyway.

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