: As of March 21st, 2013 XPASE has stopped accepting new entries into the system via the means described below on this page that have previously been used. If you wish to have your website added from this point onward please visit us over on LEPZARD.COM and let us know. XPASE began with members of Lepzard running the project and at this point we're thinking about migrating the relevant parts of XPASE over to Lepzard itself for continuation. The current system has just become a magnet for junk though and freezing the automated link capturing is essentially the simplest way of clearing the index and keeping the results useful for our purposes. Thank you.
is an acronym for e(X)perimental (P)assive (A)ggressive (S)earch (E)ngine. XPASE was started in 2008 with intentions of being used as a non-commercial personal bookmarking tool for a small group of friends, and for the thrill of experimenting with website ranking algorithms used in tandem with a non-traditional passive spidering system. At present it remains much like it began, with its few repeat power users directly bookmarking sites, a small trickle of webmasters adding sites via the method described later in this text, and because XPASE primarily follows the hobbies and interests of a select few, the majority of entries in it remain highly clustered into a few basic categories.
Unlike most search engines that follow the analogy of a spider crawling a world wide web of information, XPASE can instead be thought of as the spider that sits in the center of the web, waiting for flies to get stuck in its trap. Those flies consist of you, other humans, and any misc bots that roam the web. Once caught, you're available to XPASE. If you'd like your site to be available to XPASE, merely create a link from your home page or other static page to www.xpase.net, click through it, and your site will become noticed by XPASE automatically. The first time you do this, you may, or may not
, see an XPASE Query pop up requesting voluntary information about your site to help it understand where it should be placed within the search results. Don't panic if you either don't see this, or can't answer something on it for any reason. XPASE will fill in the blanks or seek input elsewhere in its own way (user input/lucky guesses). Likewise, you may from time to time see XPASE request information directly in the query results and categories which anyone may respond to, not just a webmaster, at which point you're welcome to volunteer anything you wish to in order to answer its questions.
XPASE's own passive spidering strategy, user bookmarking, and user queries allow the XPASE "AI" (overblown chaotic algorithm) to gather data to perform the majority of internal tasks to form results for XPASE users. This method was created specifically to let XPASE have the final say about whatever it returns. No single external or
internal user/element simply gets to be the deciding vote on how results are formed. This amuses certain parties to no end, and that's all you need to know other than that it is hoped the results for whatever you're searching for will be relevant. Please also note that "no matter what hat you may wear" when visiting XPASE, that the term "passive aggressive" highly relates to how XPASE handles its data, traffic and potential abusers of such, and you're much better off not trying to find reason in what it does.
It should be noted that XPASE has had a few years to mature and has evolved in various ways. It became clear over a certain time period that some sub pages were becoming a resource for additional people. As a result there has been a constant effort to keep the data up to date, manual bookmarking for certain resources has never ceased thanks to obsessive surfing on the part of a few folks, and the site has been streamlined repeatedly to keep things simple and easy to use.
gathered and stored by XPASE is not the sort of information that can be used to specifically identify you (as a definitive individual) on return visits. Information requested by XPASE Queries to human visitors that may optionally be responded to is voluntary and may be retained indefinately for a variety of purposes. One such purpose is to fill in voids of information about URLs and it should never be trusted as anything more than fictional data, as is the case with any web based project where the general populace has been able to offer input.