Parchment Hill

About our Search Engine

You're probably here about our search engine project. If so, you're probably a webmaster who saw our site listed in your log file. You may be curious. You may be considering blocking us. Who knows?

We are working on a special project that can best be described as a 'domain search engine' (or 'website search engine') as opposed to a webpage search engine. Often, you're looking for a fact or details, where a webpage is exactly what you want. Other times, you're looking for a website. Internet search engines do an amazing job finding webpages for you, but often lack at finding smaller websites. That's where we fit in.

Contact - Via Message Boards

To contact us, or for more information, feel free to visit our Message Boards.


  • What is the name of your search engine?
  • It doesn't have one yet! We're still working on that. :)

  • What is the name of your User-agent?
  • Our bot is called 'ParchBot'. As of thise writing, the User-agent: HTTP header is 'User-Agent: Mozilla/5.0 (compatible;+ParchBot/1.0;++'.

  • You weren't using a valid User-agent:
  • For some test runs, we didn't. We hope that didn't cause any problems. We've got it in there now.

  • Do you honor robots.txt?
  • Yes. Chances are, you aren't going to block us (we typically get blocked by the catch-all '*', indiciating that no bots are welcome, unless any are specifically mentioned otherwise). But if you wish to, our bot is called ParchBot.

  • What about rate limiting?
  • We are being very careful about not hitting any domains too frequently. If you do have an issue, please let us know.

  • What is the goal of your project?
  • The goal is to make it very easy for people to find websites they are looking for (rather than specific webpages). If you're looking for the website for a large company, it's usually easy to find. For small to mid size companies or organizations, it's often much more difficult (sometimes nearly impossible).

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