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Google Introduces Domain Blocking To Search

Soulskill posted more than 3 years ago | from the see-you-later-yahoo-answers dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "We recently discussed a new Chrome extension that was introduced to block specified websites from appearing in search results. Now, Google has introduced a new feature that hide results from unwanted domains right from the search page. This is yet another way to find more of what you want on Google by blocking the sites you don't want to see at all in search result. The so-called 'experts exchange' or 'online eHow to guide' would be first on my blocked list." Another neat recent addition was the introduction of Recipe View, which adds depth to food preparation searches.

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Heh... (5, Insightful)

drosboro (1046516) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454736)

Funny... I just blacklisted Experts-Exchange on my very first search... before I read this article/summary. Apparently I'm not alone in thinking it is the main scourge of the internet. :)

Re:Heh... (2)

hellkyng (1920978) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454802)

My first thought when I read this was that it was neat but not all that useful... then I saw I could block Experts-Exchange!!!! Awesome feature!!!

Re:Heh... (2)

Runaway1956 (1322357) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455348)

Yeah - you can block something. I'm not seeing what I can block, so much as I'm seeing what Google can block. (it's Google that's doing the blocking, after all) I've played with a few things, and it's surprising how much more web there is out there, that I can't see normally. For starters - go to Google labs, and download Namebench. Start up the graphical interface (or the CLI - whatever blows your skirt up) and select the box to "check for censorship".

Admittedly, MOST of the censorship isn't bad, but the net is indeed censored by Google and several other major DNS lookup providers.

This is just something for people to think about. After you've thought for a little bit, you might begin to wonder about censorship outside of the good ol' US of A. Personally, I wonder about China, Egypt, Libya - you know, all the places where the politicians might have something to lose if the populace really knows what's going on.

All of that from a guy who occasionally browses the "darkweb". A large percentage of what is available on the darkweb is truly disgusting - but a person can CHOOSE to look, or not.

Aside from that - I'm somewhat surprised that tools such as I2P haven't been used more by the various revolutionaries in the mideast.

Re:Heh... (2)

MikeDirnt69 (1105185) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454816)

Experts-Exchange it's like prostitution: it gives exactly what you need but in the end you know that you can get if for free with some effort.

Re:Heh... (1)

Soul-Burn666 (574119) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454858)

Ya... Like by scrolling to the end of the page where all the answers are, visible to everyone?

Re:Heh... (1)

KenyaOA (181972) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454908)

I often wonder if their content is original or if they just scrape it from other sites.

Re:Heh... (3, Insightful)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454956)

Nah, the site scraper ones are pretty obvious because they'll be repeated verbatim across twenty sites with unrecognizable domain names. Often the "answer" will be incomprehensible, in a foreign language, or just plain wrong. I hate those mailing list aggregator sites for that very reason.

Re:Heh... (1)

Monchanger (637670) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455178)

The range of answer types are not very different from stackoverflow.com, since both are unpaid and unverified by anyone other than random Internet people who happen to stumble upon that specific thread. It often depends on the "experts" who are answering the question. Some experts are "good" and write original code, or copy from their own personal code base. Some will link you to an existing answer (either in EE or on the web). Some are "evil" and will outright copy information someone else posted without a reference or acknowledgement.

No, it's not simple scraping the way many sites just copy information from Wikipedia to gain page views. The terms of use [experts-exchange.com] (see 4.E.xi) prohibit improper copying. The right question to ask is whether or not such violations are policed/ignored/encouraged. I have no answer for that question.

Re:Heh... (2)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454946)

As far as I know, that's a glitch. It doesn't happen for everyone.

As I understand it, they use your user agent to determine whether you are a search engine or not. If you are a search engine, they give you all the answers (this is probably how they get so high in search rankings).. otherwise.. you get the "pay here" page. Essentially your user agent is weird enough that it thinks you are a search engine and is giving you your answers.

There is an obvious way to exploit this behaviour, but I still prefer to find my information at a less "slime of the earth" site.

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455058)

If your Referer header is set to a Google search results page, the answers appear on EE. It is possible that EE only detects google.com, and not google.co.jp or such, which would explain why it works for some but not for others.

Re:Heh... (1)

Anrego (830717) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455250)

Ah.. that makes sense. I use google.ca, and no answers for me, although I get them from google.com.

I also get them if I go direct to the site with a googlebot user agent.

Either way, it's all very sketchy.

Re:Heh... (3, Informative)

potHead42 (188922) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455118)

Actually it seems they check the Referer: HTTP header, so if you follow a link from Google it will show the answers, but if you enter the URL directly they're hidden (just tested this on Chrome, Opera and Firefox).

Re:Heh... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455196)

Oh that explains it. Still, I'm gonna block 'em.

Re:Heh... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455304)

As I understand it, they use your user agent to determine whether you are a search engine or not. If you are a search engine, they give you all the answers (this is probably how they get so high in search rankings)..otherwise.. you get the "pay here" page.

As I understand it, they got slammed by some lawsuit so they had to duplicate their "covered up" answers at the bottom of the page. They're still allowed to trick people into paying, but no one has to.

Re:Heh... (3, Interesting)

mysidia (191772) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455368)

As I understand it, they use your user agent to determine whether you are a search engine or not. If you are a search engine, they give you all the answers (this is probably how they get so high in search rankings).. otherwise.. you get the "pay here" page. Essentially your user agent is weird enough that it thinks you are a search engine and is giving you your answers.

That would be a violation of Google's rule against cloaking [google.com] .

Google Quality guidelines - basic principles
Make pages primarily for users, not for search engines. Don't deceive your users or present different content to search engines than you display to users, which is commonly referred to as "cloaking."

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454954)

Yeah, I'm confused by this.

Experts Exchange is a site that often has the answer to a number of obscure technical questions; or has "Oh, THAT's the command line syntax I wanted" for all sorts of things.

Why I'd ban their results from Google -- since the answers are right there at the bottom of the page -- are a mystery to me.

Re:Heh... (1)

hedwards (940851) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455078)

Because it's a scam site. If you don't know the answer is at the bottom they fraudulently try to get you to pay for the information lower on the page. I personally would rather not reward that sort of behavior.

Re:Heh... (1)

hb253 (764272) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455170)

Same here. I find Experts Exchange to be very helpful. I've never paid for access and have always been able to see the answers. Maybe it has something to do with doing a Google search and then clicking on the relevant link.

Re:Heh... (5, Insightful)

gstoddart (321705) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455040)

Ya... Like by scrolling to the end of the page where all the answers are, visible to everyone?

I keep hearing people say this, but every time I get a search result that hits experts exchange, the answer is obscured and there is no way to see it.

Are you doing something different than the rest of us? Because I sure as heck don't see the answers there.

At this point, I'd happily block that from my search results.

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455202)

Rather than viewing the page, view the google cache of the page. They'll be down the bottom for all to see.

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455270)

If I want to view an experts-exchange site that shows up in a Google search, I just click on the Google cached link for that site and all the answers appear at the bottom of the page.

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455076)

Ya... Like by scrolling to the end of the page where all the answers are, visible to everyone?

Well, "everyone", unlike you personally does not wish to send money to those fools.

Just because you paid them and see the answers doesn't mean the rest of us want to or will do so.

So for the real everyone, there are no visible answers. That is why we despise them for always being in the top search positions, after scamming google by giving googlebot the answer page.

Re:Heh... (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455116)

I've never paid them, but I am annoyed at having to scroll through pages of links to get to the answer. No, the answers are not obscured for me, either. Try using NoScript (which I don't use, but I've heard will do the trick in some cases.)

Re:Heh... (1)

just_another_sean (919159) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455152)

I don't pay them anything and all I have to do is scroll to the bottom of the page. I don't particularly like the site but have gotten a few answers from it over the years.

I have never given them so much as an email address and, assuming there was at least one posted answer to a question, I have always been able to scroll down to the bottom of the page and see the answer(s).

It might not work for "everyone" put it certainly works for non-paying customers at least some of the time.

Re:Heh... (1)

Chapter80 (926879) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455266)

Anytime I end up on ExpertS-exChange, I see the answers at the bottom of the screen. And I never paid them.

Here's a random example:

1. Google sudo site:experts-exchange.com [google.com]
2. First results [experts-exchange.com] take me to a page that has results at the bottom.

The trick may be whether you are referred by Google or by some other link. Note that doing step 1 and then clicking on the link will give you the answer. But clicking on the link in step 2 will NOT give you the answer. They are checking the referrer.

Re:Heh... (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455174)

Not anymore,.recently they've started hiding the answers again. Therefore I'm going to block them.

Re:Heh... (1)

cmiller173 (641510) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455190)

Every time I've been to their site there were no answers no mater how far down you scrolled. Based on some of the other comments down further I assume it has changed recently because Google caught them.

Re:Heh... (1)

by (1706743) (1706744) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454824)

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Re:Heh... (1)

Desler (1608317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454910)

You do realize that all you have to do is hit the cached version and scroll to the bottom to get all the answers?

Re:Heh... (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454962)

What other websites do you have to do the same with to get the information you're looking for? Can you name even one? There's obviously a reason why expert sex change is listed by so many people in the comments here.

Re:Heh... (1)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454974)

Don't even have to hit Cached version anymore, at least on any browser I've used.

Re:Heh... (1)

david.a.judge (1973214) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454902)

Funny... I just blacklisted Experts-Exchange on my very first search... before I read this article/summary. Apparently I'm not alone in thinking it is the main scourge of the internet. :)

Not in the market for a 'sex change', so I need no advice from their experts.

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454926)

8O That's exactly what I did!

Re:Heh... (1)

Johnny5000 (451029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454964)

Count one more vote for the experts-exchange hate.

In fact, a while back I had emailed google and asked them to add the option to block websites from search results because I was sick of getting experts-exchange results.

In conclusion, suck it, experts-exchange.

Re:Heh... (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455018)

I put that in /etc/hosts long ago so I'd just get an error if I accidentally clicked it. But now I don't have to see it at all! Sweet!

Re:Just disable scripts for it. (1)

b4dc0d3r (1268512) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455036)

When you click from google and scripts are disabled, just scroll down and see all the answers. Greasemonkey could hide the junk at the top, probably, just i just hit 'END' key and read up. Problem solved.

Re:Heh... (1)

roscocoltran (1014187) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455186)

Domain + block + search = "expert-exchange" even before I started to read the second line of the news.

Re:Heh... (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455214)

Some of the most arcane (and useful) tips I've ever gotten were from experts exchange. What, you don't scroll all the way to the bottom where the real answers are?

Re:Heh... (1)

Gorphrim (11654) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455218)

Experts-Exchange can be annoying...but if you scroll down their page past all the B.S., I find that most times a solution is in fact posted, visible to everyone. I have found it quite useful.

Re:Heh... (1)

wiedzmin (1269816) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455236)

I guess it makes sense if you don't want to pay or contribute to get your answers. I contribute and therefore have access to the answers, so it's a very useful site.

Re:Heh... (1)

Artraze (600366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455242)

At least Experts-Exchange actually sometimes provides information, and doesn't usually eat pages of search. Blacklisting is more work than the occasional page down IMHO.

Now paywalled scientific papers... Goodbye ScienceDirect! Never again will I have to scroll through pages and pages of results for the one result that isn't going to cost me $30 whenever I search something science related. You will not be missed.

Re:Heh... (1)

Overzeetop (214511) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455294)

Wait, I thought everybody just hit the "cached" link and scrolled down to see the answer for free.

What's wrong with Experts Exchange (1)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454738)

About half of my answers come with Experts Exchange. Just scroll down to the bottom of the page if you don't feel like paying; all the answers are right there

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (1)

drosboro (1046516) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454770)

What's wrong? You have to scroll down a ridiculously long page to get to your answers. There are other sites that put the answer, you know, somewhere where you can see them.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (5, Insightful)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454830)

The "End" key on my keyboard works wonderfully for scrolling to the bottom of the EE page. It's a problem of whether or not any other sites even have the answer I'm looking for. If I can find it in a more convenient format, I'm generally all ears, but most of the other sites that look relevant in searches are just one of the hundreds of poor copies of email/newsletter digests that are never answered. Those bass-ackwards email aggregators would be the absolute first thing on my list to block.

Complaining about free stuff (1)

nuckfuts (690967) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455050)

Ya, flicking that scroll button once is a huge price to pay for some potentially useful information.

Sheesh.

I can understand if some people don't like the format and prefer to use other sites, but to actually complain about it? I don't know if there's a word for people who complain about free stuff, but there should be.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454820)

Was it just me or did they try to block access to the answers recently? It's not like that now but I could have sworn a couple of months ago they weren't showing the answers at all.

What's wrong with Experts Exchange is that they do that kind of shit.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454884)

They tried, and then Google delisted them, and then they put them back.

Google's pretty strict about having the page look the same to a viewer as it does to Googlebot (and rightly so!)

It's not a cloaking paywall; it's Google Scholar (1)

tepples (727027) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454944)

Google's pretty strict about having the page look the same to a viewer as it does to Googlebot (and rightly so!)

With one exception: Google Scholar. Google allows scientific journals to paywall their sites but give Googlebot a free sub on the condition that articles are not available through cache. So elsevier, wiley, springerlink, and jstor will be the first on my killfile.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454900)

I've caught them a few times serving up pages with no answers to firefox while pages with answers to googlebot (firefox user agent switcher). I don't think they do this consistently because Google punishes people caught doing it, but I've definitely seen it happen personally.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (1)

TheSpoom (715771) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455086)

You'd think if they wanted to actually be sneaky about it they'd check the IP comes from a Google server as well.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (1)

GameboyRMH (1153867) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455342)

Yeah I noticed the same thing, but others here have been saying it has something to do with how experts-exchange processes referrers and user agents. Anyway, I'm sick of their antics.

I think Experts-Exchange may have been wiped from Google now due to popular demand. I've been doing some technical searches and they never seem to show up anymore.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (4, Funny)

GPLDAN (732269) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454886)

Experts Exchange is the Charlie Sheen of IT Knowledge websites. Slashdot, on the other hand, is the Jules Verne of IT knowledge. No, I don't understand my analogy either.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455114)

One's live, one's dead?

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (2)

msauve (701917) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455238)

"Experts Exchange is the Charlie Sheen of IT Knowledge websites."

Smokin'?

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455314)

Well, for starters, they make money off of peoples problems. Whether they help anyone is of no concern to them.

Just do a site:stackoverflow.com search, likely what you're looking for is already answered or you can pose the question yourself and have some great minds collaborate on an answer.

Re:What's wrong with Experts Exchange (5, Insightful)

tzenes (904307) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455356)

I think there is a bit of history here youre missing.

Originally, EE was a free site (like wikipedia) where people contributed to the benefit of all. Now at some point the makers of EE "sold out" and the new owners threw up the membership fee.

Now I can see why you might think "so what," but for those of us who contributed only to have someone cash in on out hard work leaves a bad taste in our mouths. We thought we were making the world a better place, but really we were building someone elses' empire

The Internet is for... (2)

Kelbear (870538) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454746)

Awesome, this will make it easier to filter out the malicious porn spam websites when I'm doing my...research.

Re:The Internet is for... (1)

CharlyFoxtrot (1607527) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455354)

Yeah unfortunately they've implemented this feature in a typically annoying Google way : you have to go there and come back to Google in order to block the site. So have fun visiting all those malicious sites before you can block them. Google needs to hire some competent UI experts.

Here Goes .... (2)

extraordinaire (2010224) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454748)

Huffington Post

Experts Exchange

eHow

Re:Here Goes .... (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454808)

cooks.com

For almost every possible food-related search, there is a cooks.com page high up in the results. Sure, the title matches my search. The recipes don't.

Now that is a useful feature (2)

0racle (667029) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454752)

Expertsexchange can go strait to hell.

Re:Now that is a useful feature (5, Funny)

0100010001010011 (652467) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454788)

That's a bit bigoted of slashdot to LGBT community.
Leave Expert Sex Change Alone.

Re:Now that is a useful feature (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454800)

But if you want a sex change, wouldn't you prefer to have it done by an expert?

Re:Now that is a useful feature (1)

ocdscouter (1922930) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454876)

Yeah, but I'd have to subscribe to actually see the results.

Re:Now that is a useful feature (1)

Culture20 (968837) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455366)

Naw, man. The results are plainly visible underneath.

My ideal list (2, Insightful)

Abstrackt (609015) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454754)

My ideal list would automatically exclude variations on "be the first to review..." when researching a purchase but just keeping expert sexchange out of the results is already a huge improvement.

Re:My ideal list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454814)

Or free downloads. Just because the download is free, does not mean that it's free software, either in terms of being GPL or in terms of cost. Having to add a half dozen exclusions to remove those is kind of ridiculous.

Re:My ideal list (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455006)

"expert sexchange"... were you searching for how to convert python scripts to perl?

Awesome (0)

Lumpio- (986581) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454776)

Finally an easy way to block all the useless w3schools.com results that for some reason always rank above the actually useful information.

will it work in news.google ? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454822)

If so it may be worth it to sign in just to block Foxnews. Otherwise, I'll continue to hide foxnews with greasemonkey. Some days half the page is blank.

Finally (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454892)

A way to block experts exchange :D

Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read it (4, Informative)

Khopesh (112447) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454920)

There are three ways to read the meat in those experts-exchange links.
  • Click on the Google Cache link and scroll to the bottom. After all the censored answers and a really large navigation bar, you'll see the real answers.
  • Spoof your browser's User Agent to be Googlebot/2.1 (+http://www.googlebot.com/bot.html) using any of a plethora of extensions (I use Prefbar [mozilla.org] ).
  • Using the Greasemonkey [mozilla.org] add-on, install a userscript that does it for you, like Experts-Exchange Answers [userscripts.org] .

Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (1)

Hyppy (74366) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454992)

Right now, you can just scroll down. No trickery needed, even on IE.

No, I can't. (1)

mclaudt (1854046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455098)

Right now, you can just scroll down. No trickery needed, even on IE.

No, I can't. Are you registered user? I'm not, and I will not.

Re:No, I can't. (4, Informative)

Tridus (79566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455210)

If your referrer is from Google, they put the answer at the bottom of the page because Google's TOS would blacklist them if they didn't.

If you're coming at it virtually any other way, they don't put the answer there.

No you can't (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455220)

You scroll down and you see a box over the accepted solution with a big "Subscribe Now" button - you can't see shit.

You're a subscriber.

Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454998)

... none of which should be necessary. This is the reason why people malign the site. It's a bait-and-switch site, even if there are ways to get around it (but you shouldn't need to in the first place).

Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (1)

Ancantus (1926920) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455204)

... none of which should be necessary. This is the reason why people malign the site. It's a bait-and-switch site, even if there are ways to get around it (but you shouldn't need to in the first place).

Exactly, thats why this tool is so useful (I have been using the chrome add-on since it came out). You could spend the time scrolling down to the bottom of the page to get your info, or you could go to the next google hit down. In principle it has saved me a lot of time to just keep on looking. That and I am not feeding the trolls at experts-exchange.

Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455024)

or just fucking block it

Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (1)

BigDogCH (760290) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455102)

I don't understand? I can useIE or FF and just scroll to the bottom of the page.

I don't understand the Experts Exchange hate in other posts on here. Experts Exchange does try to organize solutions to problems.........unlike the plethora of websites that just scrape data from sites like Experts Exchange. It is the others tech sites I plan to block.

Experts Exchange works pretty good for a small IT department as a cheap source for help on occasion.

Re:Experts Exchange is great, here's how to read i (1)

Tridus (79566) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455244)

Experts Exchange is a scam operation that tries to trick people into paying for an answer that's already on the webpage in question (just buried below 19 pages of crap).

Besides, Stack Overflow does a far better job of getting quality answers these days. EE was shady before and is obsolete now.

Prediction (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35454932)

Google gets sued by these vertical search engines / content aggregates for severely reducing hits to their websites, despite the fact that they have to trick people into hitting their pages.

Re:Prediction (1)

amicusNYCL (1538833) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455062)

It's not Google's responsibility to prop up their shitty business model, let them sue.

Re:Prediction (4, Interesting)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455126)

There's nothing worse than going to a page that uses your search to return their own search...

Except maybe that one site (don't even remember what it was called) that shows stackoverflow questions and only the accepted answers with a tiny link pointing back to the whole discussion on stack.

So? (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454972)

In other words, they made a GUI version of "... -site:foo.com ..."?

Re:So? (1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455072)

saved server-side and added to all of your searches.

Supposedly they're going to take notice of who blocks what too.

Re:So? (1)

Machtyn (759119) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455240)

I don't know if I've ever written google about this desired feature, but I'm glad they now have it!

Re:So? (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455142)

Only if you block out every site but one...

site:foo.com is a whitelist
This feature is a blacklist

Re:So? (1)

lennier1 (264730) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455256)

Which is why there's a minus in front of it to negate the clause.

Re:So? (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455296)

Oh, I completely missed the '-' with the font. Either way, like the other child of your OP posted. It's stored server side so you don't need to do the manual restriction.

Re:So? (1)

msauve (701917) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455292)

Get new glasses.

site:foo.com is a whitelist
-site:foo.com is a blacklist

Use WOT, Luke. (1)

mclaudt (1854046) | more than 3 years ago | (#35454988)

Just subj.

Endless possibilities (3, Funny)

jandersen (462034) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455052)

Another neat recent addition was the introduction of Recipe View, which adds depth to food preparation searches.

I wonder what it would make of:

Bukkake udon: Cold udon served with various toppings liberally sprinkled on top

- from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Udon#Cold [wikipedia.org]

I made this feature recommendation (1)

microbox (704317) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455088)

Perhaps a hundred other people did too, but 6 months ago I wrote a short spec to Google recommending exactly this feature.

I also went on to describe a trust system whereby searching is fine-tuned by groups of people with similar interests. For example, an academic department could run a server that monitors the blocking of all authorised staff members. Over time, this should whittle out most of the crudy resources and other noise within a particular field, and thereby make research more efficient. This would essentially allow institutions to fine-tune google search results, with the fine-tuning being done by the experts who need to use the system.

How about about.com (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455144)

I am going to block about.com.... the most worthless %#$## site in the world. Nothing but a content copying bunch of BS.

Re:How about about.com (1)

nschubach (922175) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455268)

Nothing but a content copying bunch of BS.

I wouldn't say nothing... they have ads too!

wikipedia.org (and all clones) (-1)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455156)

Am I the only person who considers Wikipedia the most irritating barrier to knowledge of all sites on the Internet?

Penis land (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 3 years ago | (#35455278)

I immediately blocked penisland.net, now I can search for penisland.net without that other pesky domain showing up!

Now do the same with YouTube, Please (3, Interesting)

LA Thierry (923197) | more than 3 years ago | (#35455362)

I used to love browsing YouTube to discover truly funny or interesting random videos, but for quite a while now it's been overwhelmed by "YouTube celebrities" (*coughs* trolls). Please allow us to block videos from particular uploaders. In return we'll both benefit: I'll get what I want- a world without that Tard family, that unsexy guy or that fake community channel all of whom are polluting my YouTube experience. And you'll give me a reason to log into YouTube, which might please your advertisers.
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