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From Stefano Mazzocchi <>
Subject Re: Infrasearch
Date Thu, 01 Jun 2000 18:11:19 GMT
COFFMAN Steven wrote:
> Samantha is a very cool name, for a very cool project idea.
> > - design such meta-net to be safe and (possibly) protect copyrights with
> > specific metadata.
> Safe? I'm not sure what you mean, but I'd be most worried about a hacked
> Cocoon node that always responds to queries positively, similar to the web
> pages that put all sorts of non-pertinent words in HTML comments to increase
> keyword search hits. 

Good point. Safe to the whole network.

> That or a Cocoon node that is pertinent to the query,
> but of low quality. In a distributed search, trust and value of nodes should
> be the primary sorting attribute. The only successful scalable distributed
> appraisal systems I've seen are similar to the slashdot moderation scheme,
> utilizing the masses to evaluate the massive.

Interesting idea.

[I hope nobody goes out and patent these things we are talking about
> My earlier confusing comment about IBM was because they've retired a local
> metadata-based semantic search technology. They could come out of the blue
> (sorry about the pun) with a less flawed version that could provide local
> cocoon node searching.

Oh, didn't know that.
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