Your question was: Does anyone use a godaddy service? Would you give it a thumbs up? Have you used any other domain nam?.
Yes sleepys, I've done more research since I posted and still at a loss. It appears this is the case for all symbols, even when in quotes. I can understand how annoying it must be for those extensions too.
You know you can search 'xyz site:.info' to restrict sites to just on .info extension? Not quite what you need but it might help in some circumstances.
Anyone have any ideas? Thanks..
I thought encoding it (like %2d) might help but no luck...
+Rep to Netfleet and Timewarp for trying. It seems like it would be such an easy thing for Google to figure out. It is hard to believe that domainers are the only people who would like to occasionally search with a periord, rather than a space...
Thanks for the rep and yeah, it's weird how google just ignores those characters, yahoo seems to do the same thing, I wonder if there is another search engine that will recognize punctuation characters...
Thanks also for the rep.
Hunting around, I've found that it affects people severely when searching for codes (programming, product codes etc) which include symbols as well.
In terms of other search engines they all seem to do the same. I saw somone post on a forum (few years ago) that the SE A9.com did recognise symbols but that must have changed cos it doesn't seem to now.
I'm resigned to somehow extracting a heap of URLs from DMOZ perhaps or a big web directory & creating a script to run through the URLs pulling out required URLs. Not ideal & necessarily old data but might help me with my project.
Thanks guys for the replies & contributions!..
I found that with Google, using the '=' sign worked when searching for matches on L-L-L phrases with the hyphens (the '=' sign seems to match any punctuation, not just the hyphen).
So for example ... searching on g-z-g returns results for GZG.
But searching on g=z=g returns results for "G-Z-G" and "G/Z(G)" etc ...
So that's a step in the right direction at least..
Great work filter - rep given.
Unfortunately also returns 'g z g' as well so spaces are included in there. Although these results seem relegated to later pages. Symbols certainly are more prominent.
That is very interesting indeed.
Without being too sentimental, this sharing of ideas & contributions is what makes forums so good !..
/true dat ... I picked up the tip from someone else here, can't remember who right now, in one of the L-L-L.com threads late last year..