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Re: Not wanting to throw a wrench in things

From: Oleg Bartunov <oleg(at)sai(dot)msu(dot)su>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: Dave Page <dpage(at)vale-housing(dot)co(dot)uk>,PostgreSQL www <pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org>
Subject: Re: Not wanting to throw a wrench in things
Date: 2004-12-21 08:01:32
Message-ID: Pine.GSO.4.61.0412211100030.3825@ra.sai.msu.su (view raw or flat)
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On Mon, 20 Dec 2004, Joshua D. Drake wrote:

>
>>> 
>>> Also, let me be specific here. My complaint is with paid
>>> banners mostly. They seem completely unneeded. If we want
>>> to leave banners to those who contribute then I would not
>>> raise a fuss.
>>> 
>> 
>> I believe most of them are the freebies. I'm not adverse to losing the
>> ads altogether, but I do think we should credit the mirrors in a visible
>> way (ie. Not one specific page). On the mirror selection page, or a
>> per-mirror footnote seem the best options.
>> 
> I think either of those are good options.
>
>
>> 
>>> Hey -- what if I can convince them to donate one of their
>>> appliances? We would get the google engine and we could make
>>> it look any way we want and index as much as we want?
>>> 
>> 
>> If you can persuade them to do that then I would be most impressed :-)
>> 
>> However, what problems do you have with the current search?
>> 
> Nothing that I would swing a sledgehammer at. It works.
> However compared to Google it just seems slow which
> in reality it should be consider Google's resources.
>
> As I said in a previous email (just before this one) this
> is the absolute least of my complaints ... the advertising
> is my big gripe.
>
> If I were to point a single stick it would just be that
> Google is:
>
> 1. A brand the OSS community trusts
> 2. Provides an incredible search engine
> 3. Allows us to be site specific
> 4. Performs faster
> 5. Its Google
>
> I know it is silly but #5 is a big thing right now. Google is
> the name, and having our search linked via it lends credibility
> to the results.

I don't like the motivation that "sitting down next to Google" will
somehow rise our credibility. We need to improve our code !

>
> Just my .02.
>
> Sincerely,
>
> Joshua D. Drake
>
>
>
>> Regards, Dave.
>> 
>
>
>

 	Regards,
 		Oleg
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