Wikia Search

Wikia Search

An open-source search engine from Wikia that was launched in alpha test in early 2008. The goal of Wikia Search is to develop a sophisticated search engine using a community-driven approach. Rather than the secret algorithms used by Google and other search engines, Wikia Search algorithms are open and public, inviting enhancements from programmers around the world. The alpha version of Wikia Search was not greeted with great enthusiasm; however, a project of this size is expected to take time to mature. See Wikia.
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Wikia Search, a community-led search engine, is now closed after a 15 month stint, citing a difficult economy.
While I personally believe in the opportunity for free software to make serious inroads into the search space, our project, Wikia Search, has not been enjoying the kind of success that we had hoped," Jimbo wrote.
Many users and members of Wikia Search are left wondering about the real reason behind the end of the search engine, as evidenced in replies to the original blog.
It is a little disheartening to know the future of Wikia Search," replied "Rajesh", a sales and marketing professional from India.
According to Nielsen, Wikia Search has been one of the fastest growing community destinations, reaching 3.
We will be closing the doors on the Wikia Search project (as of March 31, 2009)", Wales wrote.