Although this is a topic that I am interested in, (and we could always use some more tech around here) I have some serious questions.
What is your relation to the Nutch project?
I see that you use the same icons, but I don't see any visible links to them, or
indeed any mention of them. Are you guys one and the same, or do you just like to rip off people's websites and freely available source code.
...which brings me to my second question.
Where is the source?
If you profess to have or want some sort of 'open' API or algorithm, then you might--at the least--want to provide a download for it. I understand that it may take time to fully document your (or The Nutch Project's) algorithms and API's; it shouldn't take nearly as much time to put up a tarball of the source. In fact, I managed to get one from the (unmentioned on your site) Nutch project's website.
Whoa, why do your search results suck so badly?
Now, I understand that this is a "BETA" project, but... some simple suggestions. First, cluster results from the same site, and list the base URL first. A simple search for 'slashdot' yields all of their various servers as separate results.
Meanwhile, a search for 'mozdex' seems to favor logs of your spidering on other sites. I guess some tweaking is in order here.
What made you pick 'Lucene' and 'Nutch' for indexing and searching, respectively.
There are lots of search engines already out there, open ones in fact. Do these scale better? Do they do something radically new? Are all the other ones just meant for searching a local site? etc.
What exactly are your algorithms?
A simple summary will do. I guess this is in the same place that the source is.
Directions for the future?
When I was playing around with searching, I stumbled upon latent semantic indexing and vector-space searching; in fact, I wrote a little search engine based around it. I rather like the idea of it. You could add a button or a link to every page that said "find pages like this", and it would actually work... maybe.
I know Google uses something like this for Google News; I don't know what they do for their "similar pages" links.
Good luck, and remember... if you're going to open yourself up to public scrutiny, expect people to start asking you questions. :)
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