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1/24/11
Original Poster
Chevanc

Please let us opt out of the "Showing results for" feature - example included

A search for "mass effect costume resolution" (without quotes) results in Google giving me "Showing results for mass effect custom resolution."

This is a terrible state of affairs. This is not a case of a misspelled word being corrected to a close enough word. I know what I typed, and I know I typed it correctly. When I search for a term, I do not at all appreciate being told that the system knows better than I did what I wanted to search, especially when the system gets it wrong.

So please, let us opt out of this feature. I don't mind being offered an alternative search in the form of the "Did you mean" message, but being automatically redirected without any prior warning is insulting.

And no, putting a "+" sign in front of the words I really want to search is not an acceptable solution. There is no indication before I search which words the system is going to guess I didn't mean to say, so the only way to produce reliable searches with any guarantee of success on the first try would be to mark every word with a "+". That is a kludge, and an unhelpful one.

Google, this system was a mistake.
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All Replies (33)
__Anita__
1/27/11
__Anita__
It would be really good if this feature was optional instead of being forced on us. I encounter it every day, and it messes up my search results several times daily. Last time I was looking for the meaning of the name of the Egyptian god Atum and of the first 50 results 46 were about the name Autumn, explaining that it means, well, autumn. The "did you mean" function was mostly harmless, but _changing_ the word I typed to something else or filling the first ten pages of the search results with completely irrelevant results is annoying.
amf5
2/7/11
amf5
Please fix this. This comes up almost every time I search for something these days - for example, I'm researching a font format (with the file header "RFNT") and accordingly searched for "RFNT font". This returned "Did you mean: FNT font " and "Showing results for RENT font". No, I don't want the freaking RENT font (who does?), I want to see if anyone has written about RFNT fonts (and not FNT fonts, either). 

Almost 90% of the time Google says "did you mean", no, I didn't. I meant what I wrote, and I'd appreciate it if Google stopped second-guessing me.
2/11/11
Original Poster
Chevanc
Just another note, it's happened again.

A search for "droid browse pc's files" resulted in this:

Showing results for droid browse pc files. Search instead for droid browse pc's files


I really don't think a feature that interferes with the user's experience is a feature worth keeping around.
2/16/11
Original Poster
Chevanc
search for "battery without internal resistance"

gives

Showing results for battery with internal resistance. Search instead for battery without internal resistance


acmejunk
2/16/11
acmejunk
Agreed. I'm really tired of google messing with my query by default.
anorman728
3/2/11
anorman728
An example I have come across is if you search for "jmathlib rref," it returns "Showing results for matlab rref."  Jmathlib is an in-browser program.  Matlab is a completely different program.  If I wanted Matlab, I would have typed Matlab.  I can understand "Did you mean," but to actually change our search terms is nothing short of insulting.
acmejunk
3/2/11
acmejunk
anorman728 Bing doesn't do that. I just made "b" my keyword for bing.com, and I'm going to start using it!
anorman728
3/2/11
anorman728
That's funny, I actually just came back to say that I'm going to start trying out Bing.  I don't know yet what it'll be like, but it's worth trying.  It's not a "I'll show them" response; I just want my search engine to search what I'm actually searching for.  Who knows, maybe Bing will be worse, but it's worth trying alternatives.

This is like getting a wrong order at McDonald's and them saying "I know you said you wanted a Big Mac, but I think that a Quarter Pounder is better."
acmejunk
3/2/11
acmejunk
I've been so happy with google for so long, and now I need to change my ingrained search habit, with quotes, or modified search, or Bing. I can understand the need to dumb down search for a broader audience, but now I have to stop and think about adding quotes on *every* search, just in case.

I'll say no more. Either google or I will adapt. (I don't even know if they'll read this.)
3/6/11
Original Poster
Chevanc
A search for "running pisg on windows 7" results in:

Showing results for running pigs on windows 7. Search instead for running pisg on windows 7


pisg is a popular IRC log file analyzer. "running pigs on windows 7" doesn't even make sense.

Please let us opt out of this.
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Tav-El
1/13/12
Tav-El
I often use wikia.com to find out information about a TV show, movie, or just about anything. There's basically a wiki for everything but if you search for "supernatural wiki" then these custom sites are low on the ranking. I don't want to know what wikipedia says about it. That site is great too but it doesn't have nearly as much information as a guy who's sole purpose in life is to collect all information about Supernatural. So please, all I need is to be able to add a word to Google's search dictionary. "wikia" is a word that means something different than "wiki" and it's time they know it. So I don't want to opt out entirely. I just want to be able to change my personal settings to accept my most common searches.
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