Message-ID: <337A8BFD.453DF77B@dlcwest.com> Date: Wed, 14 May 1997 22:07:25 -0600 From: Doug Sheppard <email@example.com> To: Paul Prescod <firstname.lastname@example.org> CC: email@example.com, Bruno Kestemont <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com Subject: Re: structured metadata using A Paul Prescod wrote: > > Most people looking at a bogus web page will quickly > > realize it and continue down the search list. > > Hits that are infrequently followed in response to a particular search > should be moved down the list. That might also clean up the problem of > hundreds of copies of the same document or documents in the same set. > All but the most important of the hits would drop to the bottom of the > list. All but the least-viewed documents, which is not the same as "most important". If the 50th hit for a certain keyword set is the one that the user is looking for, but the first ten hits are all bogus, the clickthroughs on the first ten hits will still register with the engine. This might create a feedback loop where the user, knowing that these top hits are the "most important", will go to them, and not see they're bogus until they've already helped reinforce their importance. Given that the current state of the art is "first 50 words or meta-description", I think we'd need to already have better annotation and metadata systems in place - something to provide a structured view of a document, perhaps? - before we can start ranking search results on popularity of click-through.