Then I want my search results to prefer this page, and other pages marked high for quality by people who [some algorithm] to this page.
Then Google would be far more useful to me than it is now, when screeds of blogspam always seem to occupy the top organic results for any "how to" tech questions.
In turn I would be a happier and more loyal Google customer (not a high bar).
Some comments I had on this a little while back: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=20282606
> I want my search results to prefer [.....] other pages marked high for quality by people who [some algorithm] to this page.
Facebook/YouTube already do this and it is a disaster, which maybe even has indirectly contributed to rise of antivaxx, Q, Trump election, Capitol attack etc.
Before personalized recommendation systems, when an antivaxxer made a video, hardly anyone saw it, when they liked it, the like resulted in nothing.
When their likes started affecting their personal search results, liking one antivaxx video made search produce hundreds more of them. It finds so much of the same stuff they no longer have free time to check an opposing opinion.
You're operating under an assumption that your judgement is more correct or better for you, and the entire problem is about finding gems in an ocean of trash. The reality is more complicated, for you antivaxx content is trash, for them it is your content that is trash.
Like if I think Wikipedia is a better resource than crunch base, then let me make that decision. I don’t care how good their SEO is.
And in any case, I don't care. I know what I feel is good content and it's stuff like this, and I want more of it, and less blogspam.
So yes, my assumption is that my judgement is more correct for me - because it is.
That is plain arrogant. Not only you refuse to remember that you may be wrong, you also want search engines to protect you from ever discovering that.
What if your neighbor likes something that will eventually hurt you. For example, burning the nearby 5G tower that serves your phone, because they like the theory that will improve everyone's health around. Is their judgement correct for them? Do you want them to get more of stuff they like? Should their community of single-minded people be assisted by search engines in avoiding (what they think is) spam?
I understand everybody wants less SEO spam, I simply point that the solution you're thinking about has already been tried and found to have consequences no one expected. "Give me more stuff that I like" is the old problem. The new problem is called "How to find more stuff that I like without creating an echo chamber".
If my neighbour burns down the cell tower, if another neighbour has trapped themselves in an antivax chamber on Facebook - well, those are some hypotheticals that have literally nothing with my point, which is simply that I want better search results, driven my my own selections.
I do wish there was something next to each search result though that was like "I like this site, include it more often." or "This site is garbage, ignore it forever"
I think it was this thing:
My app only allows me to "like" things and I like some stuff that is low quality because I like to see it in my feed.
(A vague idea I've wanted to implement for awhile now for both search engines, and for HN/reddit like sites... but the amount of effort to do it well would be really high)
But FFS, it's 2021, we deserve some decent search engine results.
I doubt Google would do it unless they absolutely had to, so I hope you or someone else forces their hand and shows them that it's time.
How expensive would it really be?
You have O(the_internet) in pages and metadata, and you have O(world_population) in user preferences. So long as your index structure allows those to be mostly decoupled (if I had to take a first crack at it I'd probably try to embed preferences and pages into a vector space and build a projection index -- exact matches are hard in that system, but decent personalized results are easy), I don't think it'd be all that much more space than a non-personalized search engine, especially given that the world population is kind of small compared to the size of the internet.
For that matter, the web isn't thaaat big (ignoring images and video). The entire common crawl can fit on a single $3k-$5k disk uncompressed.
Select your own trusted reviewers, and unsubscribe from any that start recommending garbage.
I'd like to put a timeout on any blogspam web sites I come across, and not have them show up in my search results again for one year. By that time they might have switched to having decent content, or maybe just gone down the toilet anyway or been pushed down by Google's algorithms. Or if not I could ban hammer them again.
Haven't tried it myself; but remember using a predecessor to this maybe 15 years ago.
"You may want to augment your results with general Web Search results. This includes results from anywhere on the web, but places emphasis on your personalized results"
I'm guessing the right way to handle this problem is to search your browser history or bookmarks but those are additional searches.
I've managed to get partway there by using ArchiveBox and feeding it my bookmarks, and then using the sonic to search through them.
Would be great to have this more streamlined into a normal Google/DuckDuckGo/whatever search workflow, with an option to also search your friends' bookmarks.
Some details: https://support.google.com/websearch/answer/9217379?co=GENIE...
We software people are generally mini-philosophers and it can be easy to lose sight of ourselves. But can you or I solve Search?
I guess what I've learned before replying is that it is often a high bar whether we recognize it as such.
In case the author reads this, what might be useful is to group them by some topic. A framework is only interesting if I also use it, and as it is, I'm not into front-end dev so none of the frameworks are interesting to me, but I have to read the 41 categories individually because they're spread throughout. Same for Mac stuff (I have no mac, so I don't use homebrew), database engines, python: they're all over the place.
This one sounded interesting: "Search across all loaded resources in Firefox" but unfortunately it's just about the debugger (the debugger also gives you that help right when you open it). What I'd love to know is how to ctrl+f across all tabs' page contents, or even just a stable search field that doesn't change every time I switch tab (so I can just Ctrl+Tab,F3 across them).
I haven't put a great deal of thought into the https://til.simonwillison.net/ page design!
I love the concept of "learning in public" and I absolutely love what you've done here. So much so that I am now creating my own TIL page and have also decided to create a webpage listing links to TIL pages, with TILs sortable by category, interest, topic, person, date etc.
Your page will of course be the first on the list. If anyone else has a TIL page (or is planning to create one, or knows of any other great TIL pages) please reply with a link and/or follow me on Twitter @TILpages and I'll follow you back and find your page! Or you can use the email address in my bio. I'm excited! I think this will be a fun project.
P.S. And I just realised, Simon, that you are the co-creator of Django, the framework I am currently learning. Ha! What a beautiful coincidence. Only on HN could this happen.
Anyway, thanks for Django and for providing the inspiration for this project :)
It's built using Hugo and hosted on Github Pages. Hugo is good fit for collecting TILs as it makes it easy to create tag pages and link to related content. Source: https://github.com/codeinthehole/til/
As Simon notes, writing TILs drastically lowers the barrier to publishing something online. I see publishing in increasing sizes of granularity as a pipeline (notes → tweets → TILs → blog posts) where each prior step helps inform the next step. To paraphrase a British proverb: look after the TILs and the blog posts look after themselves.
> I see publishing in increasing sizes of granularity as a pipeline (notes → tweets → TILs → blog posts) where each prior step helps inform the next step. To paraphrase a British proverb: look after the TILs and the blog posts look after themselves.
I really like the way you've expressed this point and I'm hoping you won't mind if I quote you somewhere on this new site, either on the homepage or about page?
The ultimate goal is both to memorize and to keep references to useful snippets or quirks I may need in the future - I actually use them very frequently (it's a format that tends not to be useful to the general public, though).
In the long term, some subjects become small books. Amusingly, by far, the largest notebook is Rust - around 15k words, and I am still an advanced beginner (!).
I really miss a program that is very good for both editing and viewing Markdown! I currently use an always-open VSC; reading Markdown is ok, but not super convenient.
I like Typora for this, because by default it's WYSIWYG but you can switch to Markdown whenever you need to. https://typora.io/
Oh how i wish that bash and every other language would support the Perl's brilliant `q()` and `qq()` for quoting strings. That simple fn really made life very easy and code cleaner.
$ echo $'foo"\'"bar' $"foo'\"'bar"
Oddly I wonder where I came across the idea of a TIL page. @pradyunsg had a status up, but I wonder if he was linking to OP's database. Either way, this is something I enjoy so much that I also maintain my interview and tech learning notes publicly. 
Public learning should be more of a thing than it is, currently.
I don't collect visitor statistics nowadays, but those posts tend to bring hundreds of visitors per month, so they're certainly worth something to someone.
Here's a quote from the book "How to Take Smart Notes" by
Notes build up while you think, read, understand and generate
ideas, because you have to have a pen in your hand if you want to
think, read, understand and generate ideas properly anyway. If
you want to learn something for the long run, you have to write
it down. If you want to really understand something, you have to
translate it into your own words. Thinking takes place as much on
paper as in your own head.
One of the differences is perhaps Zettelkasten notes does not
necessarily linked by topics. Instead, notes in zettelkasten are
linked by tags. Another diference is separating bibligraphical
notes and permanent notes. Explaining it in your own words is
the best to make it stick in your head. Linking ideas by topics
and objects may lead into your own new ideas.
 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zettelkasten
 - https://web.archive.org/web/20210126003640/https://zettelkas...
 - https://web.archive.org/web/20210423224947/https://zettelkas...
 - https://books.google.com.ph/books/about/How_to_Take_Smart_No...
I wonder in say.. year 2155, the learning 'curriculum' for whatever tech thats going to exist then.... will be super streamlined and powerful.
If you are interested here’s the link: https://til-mraza007.vercel.app/