Wednesday, November 09, 2005, the comics search engine.

I read quite a few webcomics, and often I remember a particular strip and want to send it out weeks or months later. Until now, it's always been difficult to search for that strip; usually, you were stuck with manually combing the archives. "I think that strip about hipster hair styles came out sometime last year" is not a scalable search algorithm.

Enter the brand new search engine,"Oh No Robot". The genius bit is the distributed nature of transcription: fans of a comic can enter transcripts, but the author gets to review and approve the transcript before it's added. They've used this system to make over 5000 comics searchable in just three days! Right now, they're indexing 72 sites, but I'm sure that list will quickly grow.

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