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objectiscan.com the search engine for objectivism

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You put a lot of work into tracking down about 4 dozen sites to include in searches, but they shouldn't all be promoted as "objectivism websites". They vary greatly in quality -- with some from underneath the bottom of the barrel and everything in between.

It is often said that the establishment no longer dominates the media because anyone can easily internationally publicize anything he wants of any quality or lack of quality. And they do.

Ayn Rand has been gone for over 30 years and no one can 'officially' speak for her. Anyone is free to represent or misrepresent her ideas and sense of life, subject only to other discussion and evaluation which may or may not be read. But we don't have to help them. Reputation matters.

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Thats what the sorting buttons are for. If you click official then it will only give results from the the Ayn Rand Institute and pages run by its members. Do to the algorithm that objectiscan uses low quaility pages in general will appear lower in the results unless higher quality pages do not contain keywords relevant to the search.

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You call the whole site: "The search engine for all things Objectivism" for what you called "a search engine that provide results only to objectivism websites". The filtering buttons at the top don't have definitions or descriptions, but with or without that the site is still returning search results for other than "objectivism" to different degrees.

Also, the "privacy policy" does not account for what Google is doing to track and save searches tied to IP address and then connected to who knows what databases. You could use secure proxy searches such as ixquick or startpage to protect against google, at least as an option.

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I didn't mean that you should run your own proxy server. ixquick and startpage act as proxies that protect and do not retain your local IP address or the results when they return the search results, and if you choose, when you go to the results pages (click the proxy option). Startpage acts as a proxy to google and ixquick uses more than google.

They use the 'host' filtering qualification the same way the original google 'site' works, e.g., search for

objectiscan host:4aynrandfans.com
at https://startpage.com

I don't know if you can make that transparent the way the google custom search box works.

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What pages not related to Objectivism are returned?

They are all "related" to it, but they are not "objectivism websites". Some of them are little more than gossip, and malicious gossip with even less objectivity. And there are differences in intent to accurately present Ayn Rands ideas versus those who borrow, weakly repeat, steal, reject, or rewrite them for motives of their own, whether claiming to by sympathetic or by contradictory eclectics (including anarchism, conservatism, and religion).

But neither is there any such thing as an "official Objectivism" website. No one can honestly claim to speak for Ayn Rand. She is gone and isn't channeling anyone. There are only differences in quality, knowledge, understanding, objectivity, and honesty. This applies to her philosophy and other writing as well as the ability to apply it today, especially in circumstances not directly encountered by Ayn Rand in similar events.

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