What is even worse than this - and this is pretty bad already - is that terms are no longer included by default.
Google will leave out terms you are searching for, if it so chooses, unless you purposely put the plus (or now quotes).
The engineers are not in control, it's pretty darn obvious.
added: Doesn't the use of quotes prevent stemming? Didn't plus allow stemming?
As a software engineer, I take offense at that. This is precisely the right decision to make if you observe that this is how your customers are using your product. You don't need a product guy to tell you that.
This is what customers remember and do? I highly doubt that.
Or are they trying to reserve the plus now for another feature in the future?
And this behavior is what provoked the statement that the engineers are no longer in control- branding trumping usability.
I can't believe it's been almost 10 years of using Google. Default search changed to Bing on all Laptops. I'm done. Fuck Google.
I'm not sure how to go about the log configuration. If the users prefer it I can just disable logging altogether, although I'd prefer keeping some information (not IPs) at least for a single day so I can get basic usage statistics. I promise not to do anything evil with the little information I may get in any case.
Also: don't only promise! Put privacy page right there and explain what you explained here (maybe even in greater details, people love transparency), so every user we'll be able to obtain same information.
I agree that an extension may be better, although this may come handy when you're not using your computer or main browser.
Additionally, they run their own crawler so it's not just rehashing Bing results, etc.
I have the impression that Google likes to collect data. If you are indeed interested in fixing the recent quality dip of your search product, example queries where plus (now quotes) are necessary can be automatically collected by inspecting all searches where quotes are included.
If these are too many, filter by those that had a recent similar search without quotes. I doubt this is necessary, though. Who puts quotes in their search string the first time?
If I worked at Google, I'd be interested in the growth of use of the plus-operator lately. It has become a necessity for nearly all technical searches I do. Make a chart of it. Show it to the people in charge of this recent trend. Google search has seriously gotten worse. Forcing quotes instead of plus highlights this problem because it's twice the work.
I needed `+pyinotify` on this one to get the results I requested. I've come across this problem with quite a few other python packages but I can't recall them at the moment.:
Search: pyinotify thread
Result: Aggressive correction; wrong
`Showing results for inotify thread. Search instead for pyinotify thread`
Search: win 7 processor not +downclocking -gpu
Result: bad autocorrect
Showing results for win 7 processor not +downclocking -cpu.
Search instead for win 7 processor not +downclocking -gpu.
An example for you: "libtelldus no symbols" gives me three absolutely unrelated results for my top hits, confusing me enough not to register the following five related hits.
- "isomac logo kerning" (w/o quotes). I wanted to know if someone had specifically written about the kerning of the logo for the company ISOMAC (it's horrible, by the way). I got a very general search for "logo kerning" instead -- I had to put "isomac" in quotes.
- "hvordan bli kvitt olje" (w/o quotes, in Norwegian). The three first words are "how to get rid of" and the last one is "oil". Again, I got a very general search for how to get rid of stuff -- oil was omitted. (I rarely search in Norwegian, so this isn't a big one, but it shows the same pattern)
I want to search for Ubuntu's go-compiler package.
But if I search for "go-compiler" (with or without quotes) I get a bunch of hits for "Go compiler", with my dash turned into a space. That's a bunch of hits I don't want, and now I have to go wading. None of the top 10 hits are about what I asked for.
To me, the + operator meant "I know what I'm doing and please turn off the fuzzy help".
So how does one turn off fuzzy searching now?
Dammit, sometimes dashes have meaning.