[Python-Dev] Python sidebar for Mozilla/Netscape

Guido van Rossum guido@python.org
Fri, 05 Apr 2002 12:32:38 -0500

> Correct.  I think they want to avoid automated systems that tweak a
> webpage, see how placement is affected, tweak it again, etc.

That would take forever (you'd have to wait for a second visit from
their crawler).

I think they want to avoid added-value websites that don't mention the
Google brand -- it would be like redistributing Python but claiming
you wrote it yourself.

> Also, if you notice
> their links, they redirect through Google itself:
>     http://www.google.com/url?sa=U&start=1&q=http://www.python.org/&e=921
> (I don't think they used to do this, but I'm not certain.)

Me too.

> 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.

Indeed.  And I don't want to affect their scoring algorithm -- it's
their most valuable feature!

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