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Search Engine Tips

It isn't always possible to answer your own questions about chess or anything else by using a search engine (SE), but I'm still fascinated by the apparently large number of people here and elsewhere who don't appear to have a clue about using them and expect total strangers to look everything up for them and/or explain everything to them that they could have found for themselves very easily and quickly.

For instance I just noticed a question in one of the forums here about installing Stockfish for MAC. I just typed "Stockfish MAC" into a search engine and immediately found a download site with support and available.OK not all questions are so easily answered and I occasionally seek help myself too when I can't find something by using a search engine, but I at least mention having tried to find the answer myself with no luck when I ask for help.

Oh well this is probably a big waste of everyone's time because I've noticed some people just take it for granted that total strangers are supposed to do everything for them they're too lazy or don't know how to do themselves, and they get really pissed at the suggestion they at least try to DYI - Do It Yourself. BUT in case you aren't one of these people check out these links. And yes I do know that many questions are seeking opinions not facts but even in some of those cases a search engine is useful to supplement the answers you get here (for instance opinions, reviews and ratings of chess books, clocks, software etc)

The addresses below are links to sites about how to use SEs:

http://www.cln.org/searching_faqs.html  This is a good site to start learning about search engines and how to use them

http://www.faqs.org/faqs/faqsearch.html 

http://searchenginewatch.com/page/tips 

http://www.monash.com/spidap.html

Metasearch Engine ratings:

http://www.listofsearchengines.info/meta-search-engines

http://www.technoindian.com/2011/01/5-best-meta-search-engines.html

Here are several SEs worth checking out as alternatives to the biggest "Brand Name" SEs such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, and Ask.com. If you're concerned about privacy issues, such as the fact you have none whatsoever when you use Google, an asterisk indicates SEs that respect your privacy. 

http://help.blekko.com/  *

http://www.dogpile.com/info.dogpl/support/Faqs

https://duckduckgo.com/about  *

http://www.gigablast.com/ 

https://www.ixquick.com/eng/protect-privacy.html   *

http://www.info.com/media_comments

Comments


  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    andrewlong  Thanks for clarifying something I didn't about privacy and Google. Some of the alternative SEs I listed fetch your results from Google, without letting Google know who they're fetched for. There are also add-ons and plug-ins for many browsers to improve online privacy for those concerned about it.

    From what I gather Google's encrypted SE is still inferior to using other SE's specifically designed to maximize your privacy. Here's a lot of useful info from "the world's most private SE"- according to duckduckgo (click on this link)

    https://duckduckgo.com/privacy

    For some more info on increasing online privacy click on this link:

    http://www.chess.com/blog/NimzoRoy/4-simple-changes-to-stop-online-tracking?_domain=old_blog_host&_parent=old_frontend_blog_view

  • 22 months ago

    g-levenfish

    Thanks for the info! I'm not good at using search engines so this is very helpful!

  • 22 months ago

    andrewlong

    batgirl: Google made the encrypted protocol the default actually, so you no longer have to type https://. However, I think what Roy was talking about is the fact that google sells your search data, your email contents (if you use gmail), and any other information they have on you to sell ad space.

  • 22 months ago

    mikeatgl

    Some people learn differently than others. It might help someone to reach out to their peers when learning about a new subject. They might want an opinion or maybe they want to hear multiple perspectives. Maybe they trust the community in which they're asking. Maybe they have a nuanced question that requires followup.

    If you're someone who likes to RTFM or who prefers to learn by research first, it might seem silly to you, but maybe your style of learning seems impersonal or boring to someone else. 

  • 22 months ago

    batgirl

    "If you're concerned about privacy issues, such as the fact you have none whatsoever when you use Google..."

    Google actually has an encrypted version.

  • 22 months ago

    andrewlong

    Public shaming is dick move for sure, but it works.

  • 22 months ago

    NimzoRoy

    @andrewlong  I never heard of that one but it's a good tip, although I suspect the same people who get pissed at being told to DYI will still be unhappy but I'll give it a go and see what happens 

  • 22 months ago

    andrewlong

    This is why the answer to all simple questions should be answered with a "Let Me Google That For You" link
    (http://lmgtfy.com/ if you've never heard of it before).

  • 22 months ago

    diomed1

      A lucky coincidence, I just tried to find the recipe for Burger King's raspberry smoothie using google before coming here and reading your article. I was unsuccessful but now maybe I can learn some tips that will help in my quest. Thanks ...  

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