Re: An idea whose time has com: NetBib (Dave Mellinger )

Subject: Re: An idea whose time has com: NetBib
From:    Dave Mellinger  <dave(at)>
Date:    Fri, 24 Apr 1998 14:34:08 -0700

> Date: Fri, 24 Apr 1998 14:49:27 -0500 > From: "Steven M. Boker" <sboker(at)CALLIOPE.PSYCH.ND.EDU> > > Why not use the existing web search engines to our benefit? If we > all just put a unique word in our web pages, we could use AltaVista > to search and find only the participating web pages. That's an intriguing idea. One problem might be incomplete coverage by the search engines. A recent article in Science -- 3 or 10 April, I think -- showed that the best search engines cover only about 1/3 of the web pages thought to exist, and that's not even counting pages hidden behind type-in (forms) interfaces. The coverage of some engines is down around 15%. Of course, whether your page is included in engines' databases undoubtedly depends on how well linked-to your page is. All AUDITORY subscribers' pages, I presume, have links from thousands to millions of other pages across on the Internet.... > A word like "AuditoryMailingListNetBib" would be a word that no one > else on the web would be using. If we do decide to go with this scheme, it would probably be wise to use a shorter word than that one. I would guess that the web indexers keep only the first 10 or 15 letters of a word. "NetBibAuditory"? Dave Mellinger dave(at)

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