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Summary: news presents: "The Search for Enlightenment"!

New news is good news!
deflatermouse: "We talked to Google and Yahoo, and frankly, their search would totally suck on LJ, because LJ is frickin' huge and frickin' weird, and we know our meta-data better than they do. OMG I know our users and their habits far too well, which means I'm the perfect one to be right in the middle of all this, where "this" is "building a search engine for LJ", complete with a few tantalizing technical details. Also, we're going to start pre-announcing the stuff we're putting out, unlike ninjas, which we will never see coming."

Pirate Users: "We are so much cooler."
Concerned Users: "Can we restrict who gets to see what? Can we block it?"
burr86: "Yes! You'll be able to turn off LJ Search indexing, and unlike other robots and spiders, LJ will actually respect that."
Information Hors: "What about searching my locked entries?"
burr86: "Search away, me hearties! If they can see it, they can search it; if they can't see it, they can't search it. Simple as that."
Permanent Users: "Hey, how come we're the guinea pigs?"
Users who have Been Around A While: "Just so long as it's better than LJSeek, because that bites."

Trolls: *troll the post*
Pirates and Ninjas: *gang up together and present a united front, clobbering the fuck out of the trolls*
Spanish Inquisition: *is much less expected than the ninjas*

Non-Technical Users & Users who have Come Late to the Party: "OMG I don't want people able to search my stuff."
Users who have read the post: "Dude, it says right in there that you'll be able to turn it off."
Non-Technical Users: "Oh, was THAT what that was supposed to mean? Cool!"
User Behaving Badly in Public: "What about communities? It sounds like if someone wanted, they could search and find all the nasty comments I've written in communities and stuff over the years. I'm not sure I like this so much."
Gone away, gone ahead,
Echoes roll unanswered.
Empty, open, dusty, dead.
Why have all the Weyrfolk fled?

Where have dragons gone together
Leaving weyrs to wind and weather,
Setting herdbeasts free of tether;
Gone, our safeguards, gone, but whither?

Have they flown to some new weyr
Where cruel Threads some others fear?
Are they worlds away from here?
Why, oh why the empty weyr?

-- "The Question Song", Anne McCaffrey
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