Serious question, why do we give so much power to these tech firms such as Google, when really the solution is decentralization. We have some solutions for money with bitcoin, but there still doesn’t seem to be a viable alternative with a search engine that is decentralized?

  • @leanleft
    63 years ago


    • powerful customization. intuitive and fine grained.
    • decentralized. huge power but not perfected.
    • crawler is simple and customizable. fairly raw.
    • solr/lucene benefits included from day 1.
    • website that covers the basics. and forum for help.


    • frequently buggy and feels heavy
    • documentation. very little documentation. many good features that are difficult to discover or use.
    • consumes alot of storage. not dividable.
    • setup takes time
    • no foolproof simplicity. and less adoption due to setup time+difficulty.
    • not recognized as important and not very popular. which is a self-fulfilling prophecy.
    • not too many maintainers/contributors. slow development.

    there are many alternatives for more efficient small personalized search engines with medium startup time and skill level.
    a crawler can be more customizable if you script it yourself. (for yacy or whatever else)

    • @Danrobi
      23 years ago

      To run YaCy less demonic (low resources device)

      Controlling cpu usage :

      At the /PerformanceQueues_p.html page, you can limit some threads (light processes inside the JVM) maximum numbers (in the Thread Pool Settings table). When you are crawling, you can also control the Speed / PPM (Pages Per Minute) in the /Crawler_p.html page.