$ for searching

carey carey@tstonramp.com
Tue, 15 Jan 2002 12:43:51 -0800

Might care to read the /. article a few days back

They're no longer offering free searches because they've succumbed to the
gubbies -- the CIA in specifics.

you have much more to worry about than 25 piddly pages.  Just the FYI.

----- Original Message -----
From: "Allan Doyle" <adoyle@intl-interfaces.com>
To: <fork@xent.com>
Sent: Tuesday, January 15, 2002 12:19 PM
Subject: $ for searching

> Good spammish subject line, eh?
> I just saw that Northern Light is about to stop allowing free
> searches. This doesn't cause me too much pain, because I never used
> them for searching anyway. But it does bring up an issue. Do I want to
> provide content for them to index if they are not going to let people
> find it for free?
> What other search engines out there have this policy? Is there a
> central list? Are people building robot.txt files to block non-free
> engines?
> I'm going to have to think about this for a little while. They hold 25
> records that came from my sites. That's a drop in the bucket, but hey,
> someone has to stand up for the free engines. If I pull my content
> from non-free engines, that makes them just a little less desirable and
> will swing the pendulum an infinitesimal amount away from them. Thus
> market forces may prevail, driving traffic to the free sites up,
> enabling them to generate more revenue from advertising.
> But we all know it's not so black and white. A lot of sites that let
> you search for free also take money for good placement. So what's a
> socially conscious web page owner to do?
> Allan
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