[seqfan] Re: A139414

Andrew Plewe andrew at nevercenter.com
Fri Feb 6 15:01:47 CET 2009

Google's raking system has spawned a whole industry -- "search engine  
optimization". Definitely one of the blacker arts in the otherwise  
staid world of e-commerce. Their ranking is apparently a stew of  
inbound links, the "relevance" of the content on the page compared  
with META tag info, etc. Websites get flagged if they're questionable  
(a.k.a. "Google spam", which they don't always catch), and then some  
poor soul has to go review it and determine if it should be included  
in the search results.

My point is you can only get so far with "automatic" measures (and  
that includes ranking) for judging the worthiness of suspect content  
-- at some point a real person has to intervene.

	-Andrew Plewe-

On Feb 5, 2009, at 1:32 PM, David Wilson wrote:

> Yes, but if rankings are implemented in the wrong way, they will be
> skewed. I could click on a sequence I like 1000 times to push it up  
> the
> ranks. I assume Google is not that naive.
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