Wikia Search is an distant cousin to Wikipedia, the popular information web site that a user can edit the definitions. But since its inception, Wikia Search has not been able to gather a following of supporters and it’s search share is so low, that it can not even be measured. Over at Wkia Search they state on their site the following information:
Wikia Search has four organizational principles: Transparency, Community, Privacy, and Quality
Search currently lacks openness in how the systems and algorithms operate, in the form of open source licenses as well as open content and APIs. This must change.
The best institutions accept criticism and suggestions, and incorporate this feedback into the product. Search should be no different – except that it should go further. Everyone, be it as individuals or entire organizations, must be able to contribute in some way to the project. Search requires a strong social and community focus; one that allows for universal participation.
We must significantly improve the relevancy and accuracy of search results and the searching experience.
A searcher’s privacy must be protected and respected, on both a technological and social level.
Give Wikia Search a try and see what you think. Share your thoughts and compare this search engine to Google and let us know your opinion.