Matt Cutts: "Google May Offer Option to 'Blacklist Domains' for Fighting Spam"

Google's Matt Cutts, who's been posting frequently in a Hacker News discussion about Google's search quality-spam post, has discussed giving searchers the ability to remove domains from its search results.In the discussion, Hacker News user "bradly" asks if Google would consider letting searchers remove domains from search results themselves. Cutts replies, "we've definitely discussed this," […]

Google's Matt Cutts, who's been posting frequently in a Hacker News discussion about Google's search quality-spam post, has discussed giving searchers the ability to remove domains from its search results.

In the discussion, Hacker News user "bradly" asks if Google would consider letting searchers remove domains from search results themselves. Cutts replies, "we've definitely discussed this," and seems to hint that some kind of announcement may be on the way:

Matt,

Can you speak about the possibility for personal domain blacklists for Google accounts? I know giving users the option to remove sites from their own search results is talked about a lot in these HN threads. Is there any talk internally about implementing something like this?

[Matt's reply] We've definitely discussed this. Our policy in search quality is not to pre-announce things before they launch. If we offer an experiment along those lines, I'll be among the first to show up here and let people know about it. 🙂

The Hacker News thread also includes a couple other possibly newsworthy items, with Cutts saying that Google is working on algorithmic solutions to fight Amazon Web Services clones and Stack Overflow clones.

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