The Five Ws are questions whose answers are considered basic in information gathering or problem solving. They are often mentioned in journalism, research, and police investigations. They constitute a formula for getting the complete story on a subject. According to the principle of the Five Ws, a report can only be considered complete if it answers these questions starting with an interrogative word:
• What happened?
• Who is involved?
• Where did it take place?
• When did it take place?
• Why did that happen?
NB: else have no commercial or contractual affiliation with Google, Google Custom Search or Alphabet Inc. else currently have no commercial or contractual affiliation with any entity other than it's single founder (Ted Hunt).
This site is a working alpha prototype of Socratic Search / else for demonstration purposes only. As a prototype Information Retrieval (IR) model this demo seeks to subverts Google Custom Search to illustrate the differentiation of biases seen between a wide spectrum of search queries and information sources.
The further development of else as a search platform to beta stage is intended to decouple future prototypes from Google Custom Search in order to perform search queries independently and autonomously. The reality of infrastructural capacity (operational / technical / financial ) needed to index the web in todays digital landscape in effect dictates that independent and alternative search engines have no ability enter the market without subverting an existing open platform (and perhaps provide further reasoning why domestic search engines are currently in a state of stasis). Such realities are especially restrictive when alternatives are being explored by single individuals attempting to provide points of nano-resistance to increasingly monolithic narratives of progress.
The limitations of using an existing search platform do not yet allow Socratic Search to offer a fully intuitive and intelligent service. Only a single search button upon the landing page works at present. Search results can be filtered using the same titled tabs, however.