There is some material I never want to see or hear about
ever, whether I'm searching for a website on Google/
Duckduckgo/Yahoo, a video on Youtube, a product on
Amazon, a TV show on NetFlix, a photo on Flickr;
anywhere. I find myself constantly typing in the same list
of terms with minus signs
in front of them in order to get
the results I want and exclude Donald Trump. I mean,
undesirable results. With more and more data online,
excluding data is rapidly becoming as important as finding
This proposal is for a global list of words and phrases to
exclude: it would be stored on my local computer, perhaps
as a plain text file. It would be editable anytime.
The Global Exclude Program would run as an extension to a
web browser and there would be "subscriptions" to
commonly used websites (e.g. Youtube, Flickr, Google
etc.) which would intercept searches, automatically
append the list of stop words, and then submit the search.
Users can put their own stop words in addition to the ones
that will be appended.
Since some search engines limit the number of search
terms, including exclusion words, the premium version of
this program will also filter the results (using scraping/API
calls, whatever), running an after-search filter to remove
all results that have one of the offending terms in the page
name or title.
BTW, how's everyone doing? I came back to change my
password, couldn't resist posting something. All's well with
me, still at the same company I was at since I started
posting on halfbakery :) I wish the best to all of you.