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If you use Chrome, you can block results from certain sites. Even if this is equivalent to adding [-site:domain], it certainly makes the query easier to specify. Promoted as a way to filter content farms, it could provide easily data to go beyond simple results filtering.

G is upfront about collecting the data,

If installed, the extension also sends blocked site information to Google, and we will study the resulting feedback and explore using it as a potential ranking signal for our search results.

Hopefully this means users are starting to get a better idea of how data flows and is exploited by modern information providers.

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