Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales has pulled the plug on social-search web site Wikia Search, which he had hoped would do for search what Wikipedia did for research, Wired reports. The service–which allowed users to influence the relevancy of search results by voting results up and down and annotating their searches–simply did not catch on sufficiently to continue developing it in a tight economy, Wales said in a blog post, though he believed the concept was sound and that its day would come. Wikia Search worked like a traditional search engine, scraping the web and yielding relevance through an open-source algorithm. But it also offered a star ranking system to allow users to move search results up or down, as well as a Mahalo-like "Mini Article" results field atop each search, editable by anyone…

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