I can understand your frustration with the search engine, and given your
situation, it looks like you should probably use another one.  But, I was
responding to the follow-up message from Carolyn Karis.  It looks like her
kids had entered just "usgs" into the location box on the browser and got
one of those adult sites, ( instead of the United States
Geological Survey (  This happens less often with the newer
version of Navigator than the older ones.

At 08:33 PM 7/13/99 -0400, you wrote:
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>It wasn't the url that I was typing in, it was the assumption of the
>program that because I used the word 'oral' that I was looking for 'oral
>Interestingly enough, the search *results* were not reflective of the
>assumption of the advertising controller.
>At 03:13 PM 7/13/1999 -0400, you wrote:
>>The newer browsers (Netscape Navigator's newer versions, anyway) now have
>>"most popular" sites pre-programmed so that if you enter just "whitehouse"
>>in the address box you get <> (The White House
>>website) instead of <> (an "over 18" site).  I
>>think this started with Netsapce Navigator 4.5.  Might be a good reason to
>>update your school's browsers over the summer.
>>At 09:36 AM 7/13/99 -0700,
>>  Carolyn Karis <[log in to unmask]>  wrote:
>>>Dear all,
>>>I had a similar experience but not with Excite.
>>>The problem seems to be with search word choices and being careful about
>>>choice of .com vs .org  and .gov
>>>It's important to include the correct domain ending.  Some browsers will
>>>automatically assign the .com to the URL search and so create problems.
>>>Our students had located a great map on the site.  When another
>>>student wanted to relocate that site he typed in www.usgs (without the
>>>and got a porno site.  Seems that porno web people tend to co-opt the great
>>>sites like White House and USGS and turn them from a .gov site to a porno
>>>.com site.
>>>All of this points to the need for teachers to teach search techniques.
>>>Carolyn Karis


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