So, since Startpage sold out to data brokers, I need a new daily driver search engine.
The thing I hate WORST about web search in These Troubling Times is when I type something into the box and the search engine decides it knows better than me what I typed, and searches for something else instead.
The best feature of Startpage was its relative avoidance of this, to the point I switched from DuckDuckGo.
I just tried searX and it did this on my very first searches, so that's out.
I decided to try DuckDuckGo again and hope that it "helps" less than it did when I bailed on it a couple years ago.
I'm also starting to suspect that this pet peeve of mine outs me as an Old Internet User. Granted I was still in high skool & working as a peon at a research lab, but my 486DX4-100 had a .gov domain with my username in it back when Altavista was hot shit.
...wow, okay, 10 or 15 searches later and yeah, I cannot switch back to DuckDuckGo. The relevance is absolutely abysmal compared to Startpage, it's like trying to do needlepoint after sticking my hands in a snowbank :|
I really want to know if DuckDuckGo turned on the "I decided you *actually* searched for [x], so here's a bunch of trash results for that instead of what you typed" in order to boost revenue. Which is, I can quite confidently presume, the reason Google turned that feature on so many years ago.
Like seriously, I'm curious. What other reason is there to do it? I can't believe they're unaware of how incredibly terrible the feature is for anyone searching for documents which use technical language.
Granted most people seem to loathe such behavior less than I do. But I left Google because of it, I left DuckDuckGo because of it. I can't be the only one.
(And yes, it's occurred to me that maybe I'm just "Old Internet.")
@deutrino What do you use instead of DDG?
@faoluin I was using Startpage.
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