The inestimable Gary Price noodled around the MSN search preview site and found something he probably wasn’t supposed to. The page has since been taken down, but Gary has screen shots (here and here too) and a summary of the MSN search interface he found there. Good work Gary!
…what I found most interesting, an option to use three “sliders” to manipulate the ranking of pages. In other words, add or reduce the weight of certain ranking factors. Some might even call it personalization since the results I see might be different than the ones someone else views for the identical search.
The sliders are labeled:
+ Updated recently–Static
+ Very popular–Less popular
+ Approximate match–Exact match