[Foundation-l] excluding Wikipedia clones from searching

Nikola Smolenski smolensk at eunet.rs
Wed Dec 8 11:51:01 UTC 2010

On 12/08/2010 12:46 PM, Amir E. Aharoni wrote:
> The "Google test" used to be a tool for checking the notability of a subject
> or to find sources about it. For some languages it may be also used for
> other purposes - for example in Hebrew, the spelling of which is not
> established so well, it is very frequently used for finding the most common
> spelling, especially for article titles. It was never the ultimate tool, of
> course, but it was useful. With the proliferation of sites that
> indiscriminately copy Wikipedia content it is becoming less and less useful.
> For some time i used to fight this problem by adding "-site:wikipedia.org-site:
> wapedia.mobi -site:miniwiki.org" etc. to my search queries, but i hit a
> wall: Google limits the search string to 32 words, and today there are many
> more than 32 sites that clone Wikipedia, so this trick is also becoming
> useless.

You may try "-wikipedia -ויקיפדיה" to narrow it down further, but I 
don't think there is any full solution.

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