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Feb 28, 2008 at 10:36 AM

Why is Google better at searching


Today I encountered a problem (which I think is caused by a bug in SAP where it seems it can't count) and wanted to search SDN for information about the problem.

So I searched, and knowing from before that Google usually is more efficient I also searched in Google.

Why does Google find the most recent forum thread, mentioning the two strings I searched for, while SDN doesn't return it when searching within the specific ?

Perhaps the search engine in SDN tries to be intelligent and rank hits in the subject higher, but that is only (half-way) intelligent in the case where I search with a single word. In my case the search phrase was

"maximum number of" "nodes reached"

with a restriction to site when searching Google. Admittedly, the SDN search came up with more results, but the most interesting result was returned by Google. It was also the only result returned by Google, but this is the first time I've seen that happen.

It is hard to "yell" at people for not using the search possibilities when the results from the search are only so-so.