October 07, 2003

Google Spam Filtering Gone Bad

I believe I've uncovered the cause of the "Google NACK", a problem where Google is returning no or very few results for certain combinations of search terms. I conjecture it is a consequence of trying to eliminate spam search results, but instead wrongly eliminating all subsequent results. Read:

Google Spam Filtering Gone Bad

Abstract: This report describes a problem which caused Google to return very few, or no, results for particular combinations of search terms. It is almost certain this is a consequence of search results being post-processed by spam-defense which has gone awry.

Feel free to verify my methodology. Google has an incentive to rapidly patch any publicized examples.

[Hmm, maybe I should go into "Google studies", Google doesn't sue people!]

By Seth Finkelstein | posted in google , infothought | on October 07, 2003 03:37 PM (Infothought permalink) | Followups

Seth Finkelstein's Infothought blog (Wikipedia, Google, censorware, and an inside view of net-politics) - Syndicate site (subscribe, RSS)

Subscribe with Bloglines      Subscribe in NewsGator Online  Google Reader or Homepage