Archive for the ‘Recent changes’ Category

New Ad Limiter version 2.2

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Ad Limiter 2.2 is now available. Yahoo search results will again be rated, now that Ad Limiter understands a change in Yahoo links. Google search results will now be rated for countries where Google redirects “” to country-specific sites. Blekko support has been removed, due to the demise of the Blekko search engine.

Recent changes

Sunday, May 31st, 2015

We’ve been upgrading the SiteTruth system. Recent changes include:

  • All our add-ons for Firefox are now signed by the Mozilla Foundation. This will soon get rid of the phony add-ons using our add-on ID.
  • The new US business database has been loaded and indexed. Business recognition has improved.
  • Address parsing has improved. We now recognize about 95% of US mail addresses.

Data upgrade in progress – slow response

Saturday, April 4th, 2015

SiteTruth is loading a new database of 20 million US businesses.  During the database upload, rating of new sites is very slow.  Normal operation should resume by the morning of April 5.  Rating quality will improve later in the month.

Software upgrade

Monday, March 30th, 2015

The SiteTruth system has just been upgraded to Python 3. There was a brief outage between 1145 and 1200 PDT. This is in preparation for changes which will result in more accurate business identification.

Improvements to ratings

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

We’re refreshing SiteTruth. Over the next months, our results will become more accurate.

  • We now recognize and check Better Business Bureau seals from more BBB regions. Due to some changes at BBB, we were not recognizing some major markets, including New York City. That’s fixed. Sites with a BBB rating of B or better will get a green checkmark. Sites with a BBB rating of C or worse will get a red do-not-enter icon. Fake seals will negatively affect ratings.
  • SiteTruth now recognizes major Internet content delivery and network management systems, notably Cloudflare and Impervia. Previously, we were identifying some sites hosted through those services as being those services. Many sites were mis-located as being at Cloudflare’s corporate headquarters in San Francisco. That’s fixed. More technical details are in our paper “Who am I talking to?”

More to come.

SiteTruth API now FCGI only.

Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

The  SiteTruth API for developers is now FCGI only. The long-obsolete CGI interface has been deleted. Users of the API should update their REST URLs.

SearchRater now released

Monday, December 5th, 2011

Our SearchRater add-on, which adds SiteTruth ratings to all search results from Google, Bing, Yahoo, Blekko, and DuckDuckGo,  is now an approved Mozilla add-on.  Download it from

The SiteTruth rating engine now recognizes Better Business Bureau seals and checks them against the BBB’s database.  A valid BBB seal with a rating of B or better will give a site SiteTruth’s highest rating.

SiteTruth search plug-in

Wednesday, January 19th, 2011

We now offer a Firefox/Internet Explorer search plug-in for SiteTruth. This plug-in makes SiteTruth search easily available in your browser toolbar.

Install the SiteTruth search plug-in.

SiteTruth maps of business locations

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

When SiteTruth locates a business, it now maps its location. This feature is experimental, and feedback would be appreciated.

We’ve also added one-click access to Securities and Exchange Commission filings for a business.

Performance improvement

Sunday, December 6th, 2009

SiteTruth’s main search page is now much faster. It’s now fast enough to use as your main search page. Let us know how it works for you.