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QUESTION - Have you seen anything that was published before Dec 19, 2011 that discusses:
- Accepting USER EDITS to SEARCH RESULTS; and
- Modifying the SEARCH RESULTS PAGE based on its USER EDITS with a DRAG AND DROP interface;
If so, please submit evidence of prior art as an answer to this question.. We welcome multiple answers from the same individual.
EXTRA CREDIT - A reference to anything that meets all of the criteria to the question above AND ALSO involves user edits applying GLOBALLY to other users’ search results pages, REMOVING DUPLICATE RESULTS or a DRAG AND DROP INTERFACE to proposed user edits to search results.
TITLE: EDITORIAL CURATION OF SEARCH RESULTS
Summary: [Translated from Legalese into English] A method of modifying search results pages based on user edits.
- Publication Number: US 20130159222 A1
- Application Number: 13/330,405
- Assignee: Yahoo! Inc.
- Prior Art Date: Seeking prior Art predating Dec 19, 2011
- Open for Challenge at USPTO: Open through Dec 20, 2013
Claim 1 requires each and every step below:
A method for editorial curation of search results, comprising steps of:
using a processor device configured to perform:
receiving a search results page rendered in response to a search query;
receiving user edits comprising changes to objects in the search results page; and
applying the user edits to the search results page.
In English this means:
A method for curating search results using a computer, comprising:
Receiving a search results page in response to a search query
Receiving user edits to objects in the search results page; and
Applying the user edits to the search results page.
Good prior art would be evidence of a system that did each and every one of these steps prior to the Dec, 2011.
You're probably aware of ten pieces of art that meet this criteria already... separately, the applicant is claiming user edits applying GLOBALLY to other users’ search results pages, REMOVING DUPLICATE RESULTS or a DRAG AND DROP INTERFACE to proposed user edits to search results.
"Drag and Drop User Curated Search Results Pages from Yahoo!
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