How many times a day you use a search engine (please RT).

Based on how search engines work (keep the index fresh, store the data to be queried) a pay-per-use approach is not sustainable

How much are you willing to pay for subscription for a search engine per month per person ?

(see the previous pool)

@amirouche Whoa, even 10€ seems like a lot of money to pay per month per person for a search engine. 5€ might be more reasonable...


You made me remember that the server sits idle most of the day: if they are 5 persons doing 100 queries per day where each query takes less than 1 second, the server will be fully busy, all cpu core maxed out, 500 seconds per day that means there is still 85900 seconds available (~23.86 hours) on all CPU cores...

What if the server provides more "services" or "applications" like ? Would 10€ per month per users makes sense?


@amirouche In that sense you'd be providing a whole cloud service to your users. You'd be creating a subscription-based Google-like ecosystem which is a different product than simply providing a search engine to your users. It might be worth 10€+ to users who want a complete managed Google alternative. However, if all somebody wants is a good search engine, they'd get a whole cloud service offering that they probably don't want or care about so they probably won't bother with it.

Maybe a tiered subscription scheme would be useful? Something like: people can pay 5€ for search and maybe 5€ more for cloud services and 5€ more for extra storage space or something.


Having too much features is is not good nor easy.

We are gathering on irc at freenode the channel if you want to further discuss the matter.



The features only of the search engine part:

At that does not include taking into account user feedback to be able to program the crawl from the search e.g. via a feed reader.

Also it does not mention interop between search engines which we dive in

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