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khn
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 10:04 pm (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Hello Everyone,

We recently released the official version of our meta-search engine, www.zapmeta.com, after being eight months in beta. Please provide us your input on the following factors:

1. Speed - Fast? Average? Slow?
What do you think of ZapMeta's speed comparing to other meta search engines?

2. Advanced Search and Preferences - Useful or Useless?
Advanced search enables users to restrict their search and the ability to customize the output of their results. Preferences were made to work in conjunction with advanced search. In other words, if you change a value in preferences, it will also be reflected in advanced search if the value is present.

3. Design - Visually appealing or overloaded with graphics?
What do you think of our effort in trying to put a distinction between ZapMeta's design and the plain html design of most search engines?

4. Result Relevancy - On the mark or not close at all?
We wanted ZapMeta to return relevant results, so sponsored links will never be included in the actual results (unless selected in preferences). Along with our smart algorithm, ZapMeta is able to produce more relevant results than most meta search engines. Or at least that's what we think, Smile let us know your thoughts.

5. Bugs and Errors
Please report any bug or error if you encounter them.

Anything you dislike or like? Please let us know, all feedback, comments, and/or suggestions are highly appreciated.

Regards,
Kevin
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Darren
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 10:34 pm (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Only had time for a quick look, but I'm liking what I see so far - I'll have a proper look soon Very Happy

Just one thing - Is the Euro symbol that appears at the very top left of the search results page supposed to be there?

could it be something to do with the question mark:
?<!DOCTYPE HTML PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.01 Transitional//EN">
<HTML><HEAD>
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khn
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 23, 2003 10:48 pm (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Darren,

I don't see the euro symbol in IE6. May I ask which browser and version you are using?

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Kevin
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Darren
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:14 am (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Sorry, should have said... IE 5.2 for Mac OS X, here's a screen shot:

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thetribe
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 7:25 am (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

I also like it, will give it a proper search to try sometime soon I'm sure but as my site comes out top of the list I'm happy with the search I did Wink

Looks visually pleasing, not too harsh, didn't take too long to load the main page and the search results came back quickly.

Not really used the advanced search but it looks as though it should do the job, will test at a later date. Already used the preferences to make searches open in a new window as you can guarantee I'll check a page out think it's rubbish and close it and bye bye to my search page Laughing So they're useful to me already.

Overall on the look I've taken it's good but the main question is, can it compete with Google for results, I'm sure I'll find out. Wink

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Ben
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 11:38 am (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

seemed a bit slow but I was downloading at the time.

Think theres a few too many sponsered links in there and the name is a bit complicated, far easier to type google than zapmeta.

Not very usefull I know. Sorry

[edit]

The quick view feature could be very usefull

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Justin
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 24, 2003 1:08 pm (14 years, 6 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Point One :
Your Open Directory Project Data is about 9 months out of date

Point Two :
Nice to see you add adult websites to general catergories, I sure hope Netscape and AOL who provide the Open Directory, don't take offence to this....

http://www.zapmeta.com/search/meta/db.pl?dir=576211 :

looking for love or just sex (Sponsored) Quick View Maximize Bookmark Site

thousands of people joining every day. get your free ad now
http://adultfriendfinder.com/go/p18548
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jayant
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2003 8:57 pm (14 years, 5 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

I think the quickview should be renamed to something else, coz it isnt quick view, the whole still has to load etc.

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khn
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PostPosted: Fri Jun 27, 2003 4:17 am (14 years, 5 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

jayant,

It was initially named "Preview" but our sponsor requested for it to be name something else so we went with quick view. But now we are with a new sponsor so it will probably be change back to Preview.

BTW, if you can think of something else let us know.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 30, 2003 10:39 pm (14 years, 5 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

Darren,

Can you please check to see if the euro symbol still appear.

Thank,
Kevin
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 01, 2003 8:12 am (14 years, 5 months ago) Reply with QuoteBack to Top

khn wrote:
Darren,

Can you please check to see if the euro symbol still appear.

Thank,
Kevin


It has gone... Very Happy
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