[Python-Dev] Python sidebar for Mozilla/Netscape
Fri, 5 Apr 2002 10:33:58 -0600
Guido> I don't think so -- the google.py code doesn't read the Google
Guido> output, it tells your browser to read it. Big difference.
Guido> (urlopen(), on the other hand, would be a no-no.)
Correct. I think they want to avoid automated systems that tweak a webpage,
see how placement is affected, tweak it again, etc. Also, if you notice
their links, they redirect through Google itself:
(I don't think they used to do this, but I'm not certain.) I'm sure they
use click frequency as a component of their relevance algorithm. A program
running through those links would adversely affect their scoring algorithm.