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« on: September 06, 2023 @604.17 »

Yesterday, I made the decision to start using SearXNG while hardening Firefox, because Google Search has gotten unbearable. Everytime I search something, I get dumb sponsored results, spiritual health blogs, results with gibberish names and tons of keywords in the site preview text that send you to spin the wheel free phone sites, and random 1800s census results and unrelated science papers that only showed up because they shared one keyword with my search. I also noticed auto-generated searches becoming more prevalent, and they always have incorrect grammar or something that isn't even relevant to the keywords in question.
When I searched something with Sear, I got really good results. I could even get results for typing in gibberish, it's surprisingly good with how it searches stuff.
What are y'alls experiences with the annoying google search engine? Do you use any alternatives? Any y'all would recommend?

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« Reply #1 on: September 06, 2023 @674.78 »

I use SearxNG since a few months, used Searx before. Sometimes i use DDG to get more specific
results (for example, something related to my hometown) but i end up staying with SearxNG since
i can control what goes on inside the search engine, like automatically modifying a link for
alternatives without any extension. It's really neat overall being able to choose which engine you
use too. I don't know if i'd recommend you run your own instance, but it's really useful to mess
with the different settings.

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« Reply #2 on: September 06, 2023 @750.78 »

I've had some decent success with WebCrawler in terms of filtering out the trash, but I'm not well-versed in its pros/cons regarding privacy.

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« Reply #3 on: September 06, 2023 @824.38 »

i rarely use search engines these days, but these are some of the ones i used to use:



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« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2023 @849.09 »

Marginalia search is interesting. It's basically a DIY project running on a secondhand computer out some European guy's flat, but it's better than you might expect based on that.


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« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2023 @938.56 »

I will agree that Marginalia is an interesting project since it would be nice to see less popular non-sponsored websites, but for me, it doesn't work that well... But I'm hopeful for it in the future if it will be developed more.

And A LOT of people noticed the weird gradual shift in Google searches (and Youtube is even worse lol).
But with my weirdly specific searches (I totally needed to know why you cannot breed a donskoy cat  with sphynx!)  nothing else quite keeps up with it. That, and a lot of search engines are very english language focused. Only Duckduckgo and Google seem to understand my specific questions and when I mean a word in my native language and when in english somehow...

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« Reply #6 on: September 07, 2023 @304.48 »

Searching in English really improves the quality of search results. You just get more out of the web in English.

SearxNG didn't convince me, as it's noticeably slower than the other search engines.

My main criteria for a good search engine is that it's functional without JavaScript. And the best one is the lite version of DuckDuckGo (https://lite.duckduckgo.com/lite/).
Political topics might be censored though.

Mojeek (https://www.mojeek.com/) is an independent choice with its own search index.

And Frogfind (http://frogfind.com/) is a web-proxy for old browsers.

Good to have so many options! But a bit complicated at times to pick the right one for the right task...

Edit: Forgot one! Mamont (https://www.mmnt.ru/int/) is an FTP search engine. That's useful if you're looking for one specific file, like a DLL or a driver for example. But you have to know the name of the file in advance...
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« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2023 @649.46 »

I've liked https://www.startpage.com/ but they have tons of sponsored links at the top so you have to scroll halfway down for results.


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« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2023 @741.15 »

I actually found this site indirectly while looking for sites to visit on protoweb. Not exactly an alternative in the sense as a substitute to an everyday browser, but it’s an archive project of the 90s-2000s internet. I’ve heard you can do things like listen to some radio on there and play games, but I’ve only figured out the game part.

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