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Chapter 24. KID-SAFE SEARCHING > Using Full-Text Searching

Using Full-Text Searching

Every full-text search engine I know that offers filtering offers machine filtering. That means instead of having humans filter the search results, the results are filtered by computers. These filters are pretty good, but they are not perfect. While I appreciate filters to help eliminate results I find distasteful, I do not trust them to remove all prurient results from my searching. And you shouldn't either: machine-filtered search results aren't perfect.

If you want a strong assurance that you're not going to run into any search results that'll make your head hurt, I recommend against using full-text search engines and instead focusing on human-built search indexes, which we'll get into later in this chapter. If you are willing to take some risks, I can make a few suggestions about limiting your searches such that you can get mostly good search results, with a minor risk of some bad ones.


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