I’ve been playing with this search engine a bit lately. Although it’s owned by AskJeeves.com, it works pretty good for technical (read: .NET development) searches, as it ranks results based on the popular community sites. I borrowed their explanation of their technology:
“Instead of ranking results based upon the sites with the most links leading to them, Teoma analyzes the Web as it is organically organized—in naturally-occurring communities that are about or related to the same subject—to determine which sites are most relevant. Teoma is the only search technology that can locate communities on the Web within their specific subject areas, as they actually exist. And this allows us to finely tune our search process, providing more precise results.”
BTW – Teoma means “expert” in Gaelic.