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hebbet [PersonRank 10]

Tuesday, March 30, 2010
7 years ago7,042 views

google made a mistake
see spiegel.de/netzwelt/netzpoliti ...

George R [PersonRank 10]

7 years ago #

According to Computerworld Google started inserting the parameter "gs_rfai" into search queries. Apparently Chinese filters objected to the substring "rfa" which is also an abbreviation for "Radio Free Asia".
computerworld.com/s/article/91 ...

Roger Browne [PersonRank 10]

7 years ago #

If the substring "rfa" is blocked from URL parameters, isn't that going to block searches for airfare, butterfat, colorfast, interface, parfait, surface, warfare and waterfalls?

George R [PersonRank 10]

7 years ago #

[put at-character here]Roger
I do not know. Maybe they white list dictionary words.

I do remember a similar issue with MSN instant messanger.
scroogle.org/scget.html

Frank [PersonRank 0]

7 years ago #

As far as I know, they adopt the utmost principle of "safety" above all and don't care if it is parfait, surface, warfare or waterfalls...they just block all... Occasionally, they will add those "common wordings" to their so-called white list if they happens to find such a mistake and happens to have the right mood to add it.

Xujie [PersonRank 5]

7 years ago #

yes,if you turn off the search suggestion,It'll work again.

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

7 years ago #

It now works for me again, even though I had the gs_rfai turned on (I now disabled search suggestions though just in case). Google's service availability page reads:

<<Many users in mainland China had trouble accessing Web Search, Google News and Google Images on .com.hk today. As we were investigating and before we made any modifications to our services, service availability began to improve. Within several hours, normal service was restored in mainland China for these properties without any changes introduced by Google.

We will continue to monitor the situation, but for the time being this issue seems to be resolved.>>

Philipp Lenssen [PersonRank 10]

7 years ago #

Added an update containing this bit: <<Financial Times first quoted Google saying it was due to a "gs_rfai" parameter in Google's results URL – however, Google later said that "Having looked into this issue in more detail, it’s clear we actually added this parameter a week ago. So whatever happened today to block Google.com.hk must have been as a result of a change in the great firewall.>>
blogs.ft.com/techblog/2010/03/ ...

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