Stemming Gone Wrong

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Look, Google, I actually know how to spell Chile, ok? Stemming “Chile” into “Chili” and polluting my queries with recipes and rock bands that have NOTHING TO DO WHATSOEVER with the country of Chile is not helping. I am not writing my queries in French (Chile is spelled Chili in that language). I seem to remember Google used to suggest alternate spellings and link to them. Now Google has decided they know better than the user and mix their braindead second-guessing into top 10 results. Way to go to destroy the product.
Anyway, back to using Yahoo as my primary engine, though in fairness it’s about as bad. It’s amazing how utterly useless many Google SERPs have become. Maybe I have higher expectations. Look for country-specific information (not just hotels and resorts) and you’ll quickly see what I mean. The current state of search is about as bad as Altavista circa 1998 I guess. It’s time someone pulled a Google on Google. Jerry Yang, I just gave you your roadmap. And do something useful please, let’s not waste our time on jokers that pretend hand-writing 10,000 pages is a substitute for a real search engine.

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