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Google has switched on a tool that allows web surfers to block searches for sites they don't want to see pop up on the results page. The stealth algorithm rejig is the latest in a series of changes the Mountain View Chocolate Factory has recently made to its lucrative search estate. "Now there’s yet another way to find more …

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  1. Anonymous Coward
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    I don't get it.

    Will the companies who have paid for adwords, have their balance charged for when they would have appeared on a page, but the individual has blocked them?

    If I was spending money on adwords, I'd certainly want the answer to questions like this.

    Just as a note, we recently received a £75 voicher from Google to spend on their adwords thingy. Is the chocolate factory starting to run out of coco beans? Read in to that, what you will.

  2. HMB

    Evil Google, Really?

    Google is only trying to give users what they want. Unless you're looking for porn, you don't want it appearing in search results.

    I can think of plenty of times that I've tried to search for something for my effort to be undermined by a load of rubbish.

    Endangering the free web. Really?

    Google is changing it's own product to try and meet the needs of it's customers (no not webmaster but the average Joe looking for something). I really don't see a big problem here.

    1. BristolBachelor Gold badge
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      Mistaken

      No, any money you spend with GOOGLE will still get your ad up there...

      But any money you spend with dodgy-we-scan-search-engines-Inc. will be lost and people will be able to ignore all the millions of pages you create that say "you searched for Blu-Ray Battlestar, there were 0 results" or "Experts have asked this question, but there has been no exchange of answers. Register to see the no answers"

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Interesting thing I noticed

        Unrelated really, but, if you're looking for an answer and Experts Exchange appears to have it, it'll pop up a box asking you to sign in/register to view the answer.

        Don't bother, the answers there behind the lightbox so just right-click and view source!

    2. Eddie Edwards
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      Cuts both ways

      Sometimes you *are* searching for porn, and all that other stuff just gets in the way. What they need is a porn checkbox next to the address bar.

    3. Ben Tasker Silver badge

      Not to be picky

      but you've marked the wrong people as customers there!

      Browsers/Users's are not Google's customers

      Webmasters are not Google's customers

      Google's customers are those that actually pay them something - Advertisers

  3. Anonymous Coward
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    almost.

    A couple more features like this and I would probably be willing to log into my gmail account before searching.

  4. Tom 15

    Eh?

    Black list surely, rather than white list?

  5. Anonymous Coward
    Anonymous Coward

    hmm

    explain the additional benefits as opposed to the safesearch thing that I turn off?

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    1. Code Monkey
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      Wahoo! (was yeehaw)

      Sorry for the "me too" but I have to express my delight at the thought of never mistakenly clicking on Expert Sexchange ever again. Bye bye you utter scumbags!

      1. Argh

        Experts exchange

        And I have to repeat that I can still see answers to questions that I find on Google (I checked again just now) by scrolling to the bottom of an Experts Exchange page -- but you _have_ to go through Google. A direct link not referred from Google will hide the answers.

  7. Tom 13

    Nothing chilling about it.

    The purpose of the search engine is to produce results people are interested in. If people frequently blacklist a site, that seems pretty indicative of a lack of interest in the site.

    1. Mike Flugennock
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      Nothing chilling? Well-llll, no... and yes...

      Cue Teabagger "Googlewash" campaign to take down pro-single-payer healthcare sites in 5...4...3...2...1...

  8. Peter Holgate
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    Two stupid questions

    Who/what defines low quality sites?

    What happens if you block Google itself?

    In schools, we have site filtration and one idiot entered *.* in the filter list - that was fun!!!

  9. ph0b0s

    This is the type of stuff we need.

    Rather than opt in internet, we need systems like this so that people can setup for themselves what websites are available for them and for children. This is only a start system and needs further functionality. But it is a start in the right direction. Give the power to control to the users rather than be forced by governments.

    Oh I am starting to sound very a bit right wing now, so I will stop there.

  10. Zot
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    File sharing sites should be blocked from search.

    Although a much debatable subject - as a developer myself I'd like Go-ogle to exclude all file sharing sites from it's search engine. Starting with the massive Rapidshare nightmare.

    Currently it's almost as if Google agrees with piracy.

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