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July 09, 2007


Eric Caron

Could you perhaps share a little more of your criteria and the results? I'd love to be able to see how the lesser-known sites (*cough*me*cough*) compare in your results.

I understand you can't show all the cards in your deck because we/they could tweak the results to give better results, but even 2 or 3 use-cases would help me figure out where I'd place.


Bob Wilson

Hi Eric,

Great question ... and I appreciate your understanding that publishing all of the test cases would raise questions about the value of the findings.

But here are three of the cases used in round one:

A search for 'Accountant' job ads within 25 miles of Tulsa, OK (or as close to 25 miles as available by site) posted or updated within the past week (or as close to 7 days as allowed by site). No subcategories were selected as a search criteria or filter, the results were sorted by relevance (if the option is offered), and 'featured ads' were ignored. The total number of ads returned by site were considered, as were duplicates and the accuracy of the top ten results for each search. Points were given for relevant results, and points were subtracted for irrelevant results (ads not matching the intent of the search ... often this is caused by tag spam). In round one, the test was all about the data returned ... no points for usability or features ... they'll be evaluated in later rounds.

2nd case ... same as above for 'network administrator'.

3rd case ... same as above for 'fast food worker'.

Bob :-)

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