MSN Hiring People to Hand Code SERPS

From http://search.msn.com/s/jobs/openings/search%20jobs.htm

Mirrored here.

It seems MSN is looking to hire people to hand code SERPs to improve quality. I’m sure all three search engines do it to an extent, but it interesting to see a job opening for the position:

Hand crafted results
When all else fails, and the ranking algorithms do not pass the confidence threshold, we fall back to delivering handcrafted results. Working on a team of approximately 132 other handcrafters in 26 worldwide markets, you will receive a user query, use all the available search engines to quickly scour the web for results, pick the top 10 results for this query, and send it on to the user. Successful handcrafters can typically find top 10 results for a real-time user’s query in less than 3.8 seconds. This is an opportunity to truly connect with customers, because the queries that get routed to you are precisely the ones that the engine cannot answer well. We will have adequate staffing to allow generous coffee and bathroom breaks.
If you are an expert at using at least 3 different search engines, well versed with American English/colloquial usage, and can type at > 149 words/minute as measured by the Simia-Lico method – come join us and delight users real-time!

All I can say is that for MSN, all else has so far failed.

On the other hand, I would be GREAT at hand coding results . . . maybe I should apply!

;)

Digg This story. It’s sorta anti Microsoft so it has a chance.

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20 Responses to “MSN Hiring People to Hand Code SERPS”

  1. Andrew Johnson says:

    So basically they are saying our results suck, so go over to Google & Yahoo and copy them?

  2. Marshall Clark says:

    Heh – good point Andrew. They clearly aren’t going to be pulling these results from MSN Search, so who are the other “3 different search engines” that the applicants should be proficient in? Google and Yahoo are two obvious choices, which leaves what…Ask.com?

  3. richardevanslee says:

    This is just daft and pathetic. Unless I’m missing something it seems more like a joke someone would invent about MSN than they’d actually implement.

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  5. pip says:

    In fact that means, we try to care for spammy strings like v|a6ra but we’ll have to live with bad result when it comes to a level where it would be unefficient to review SERPs

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  8. Gotan Raider says:

    Or a message to spammers: we know our algos suck and we know you can trick them but don’t bother because we’ll remove you manually.

    We KNOW that they all use human editors for their search results.

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    MSN is now hiring people to hand craft SREP in real time.

    Hand crafted results
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