Monday, November 01, 2004

There are way too many stop words on Feedster.

There are waaaaaaaaaaaay too many stop words on Feedster. Wonder? 

> Done? Unfortunately? I could understand articles and some
> prepositions, and perhaps forms of "to be" but anything else just
> kills Feedster's usefulness to me. Here's why:
> I do lexical research for the dictionaries I write. Part of that
> involves looking for examples of terms in the wild. This, by
> necessity, depends upon exact phrase searching. I've resigned myself
> to the fact that most search engines suck, that Google indexes only a
> small fraction of weblogs, and that some words are destined to be stop
> words. (The only full-text resource I know of which has no stop words
> is Factiva.) Feedster and other blog indexers take care of some of
> Google's shortcomings, I use a variety of search engines to make sure
> I get a better sample of what can reasonably be called "the web" (as
> opposed to non-web resources which have a web interface but are not
> indexable or searchable except through their usually crappy interfaces).
> But because of Feedster's stop words, I also have to go to Blogdigger,
> or PubSub, or Technorati. Each of these, like Feedster, come up short
> in some way. If Feedster could cut the stop words to about 12, if it
> would do real phrase searching every time (even if it means
> wildcarding stop words, but otherwise retaining the phrase intact, if
> it would actually allow me to see all pages of results, I might be
> able to skip the other blog indexers.
> Thanks, in any case.
> Grant Barrett

Hi Grant,

Wow. What an intelligent email. Thank you. I've taken the liberty of
forwarding it in full to our indexer guru and he and I will be
discussing it later today.



At June 1, 2005 at 9:50 AM, Blogger Pet Computer said...

The last post made in November? So does this mean no support is available for Feedster since last November??? Guys you got problems, is anybody fixing them? Like the image display when subscribing to email news alerts?

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But University of Florida Professor Jay Ritter, an IPO expert, said left money on the table by introducing the shares at a level well below where they ended hours later.

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