i’m not here to knock Mojeek - it’s a much needed indexing search engine in a world full of filter bubbles, unethical Big Tech corporations with strong ties to intelligence communities, and radical political persuasions, however, Mojeek is currently not a great daily driver search engine for me
anyone who remembers Google in the early days probably found it as refreshing as i did - it actually returned relevant results! (no longer true depending on what you’re searching for)
i don’t know how Mojeek orders results, but it doesn’t always order them in the way one might expect
for example, if i search for ‘ford car’ (unquoted) in the U.S., i would expect ford.com to be the first result as it is on Bing and Google, however the domain doesn’t appear until the 2nd page of results on Mojeek
with sensitive stuff – political for example – i certainly don’t want to see a carbon copy of Google’s biased/censored/filtered/de-ranked results, but i also want to find the information i need quickly
does anyone else see this as a problem and, if so, how can it be addressed?
unlike searching for ‘ford cars’, following are 2 examples of where Mojeek does very well when searching for a highly politically charged subject, holocaust
the single keyword being ‘holocaust’, all 3 engines (Bing, Google Mojeek) return expected results:
however if we search for ‘holocaust revisionism’ (unquoted), Bing and Google fail miserably while Mojeek returns much better results - please ignore the sensitivity of this subject - it doesn’t matter what one believes, the point here is that, when searching for ‘holocaust revisionism’, we should be seeing results about revisionism, not the exact opposite, anti-revisionism, as is the case with Bing and Google:
so what needs to change in order to have Mojeek return great results in the cases of both sensitive subject matter and everything else?
i’ve been thinking about this for awhile and i have no great answers, but i have brought this up with Josh in email and following was my idea…
my humble suggestion would be to return the results exactly as they are by default, thus no additional server overhead, but offer an option, both in prefs and on the the search page, to sort the existing results in different ways, such as according to popularity (user clicks) which would not compromise privacy but which would, in many/most cases, put the desired result in the top 1, 5 or 10