Re: Search engine for FoRK

Robert S. Thau (
Wed, 2 Jul 1997 18:35:09 -0400 (EDT)

Results of searching on "+fork +joebar" in a few different public
search engines (I wanted someone who posted a fair amount to the list,
but only started pretty recently):

*) Excite: 20 posts from the FoRK archive, the most recent from
mid-June, and a pointer to the FoRK FAQ

*) Hotbot: one post from the archive, a few dist-obj pages, some papers
of joebar's which presumably talk about forking processes, the fork-faq,
and a page on California post offices, for a total of nine.

*) Infoseek: 3 papers written by joebar, and a page on Yamaha motorcycles.

*) Lycos: tens of thousands of pages, with nothing remotely relevant
on the first few screenfuls. (MacPerl, anyone?)

*) AltaVista: why even bother anymore? Their engine technology may be
sexy, but their spidering is a joke, and has been for months. The
only thing they have that's even close to current is the news search,
and DejaNews does the same thing a whole lot slicker.