Jimmy Wales, the founder of online encyclopedia Wikipedia, has announced the launch of a new open-source search engine, Wikia Search. The new search engine is Wikia Search. It went live two days ago on the seventh. The search engine will allow the community to help rank search results, in a model close to Wikipedia. However the company is a for-profit organization. This new search is supposed to challenge Google and Yahoo by offering a search service that is more transparent to end users, meaning they can see how search results are arrived at. It launched the day before yesterday and is available to use now. The search tool will take time to evolve, and the initial service won’t match the capabilities of the leading search engines. Contributors will have to develop the search platform over time the same way that Wikipedia was built up. If this goes as planned then the search results will be better targeted towards the information we seek rather than wading through tons of junk pages. Google is very good at many types of search, but in many instances it produces nothing but spam and useless crap. Basically, if you consider one of the tasks of a search engine, it is to make a decision: ?this page is good, this page sucks.? Computers are very good at making such judgments, so algorithmic search has to go about it in a roundabout way – But we have a really great method for doing that ourselves. We just look at the page. It usually only takes a second to figure out if the page is good, so the key here is building a community of trust that can do that.

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