Handling more than 400,000 icons, 1.75 million tags and thousands of new icons coming in every month is a big task. The small Iconfinder team can’t keep up with spam by manually removing it, so we had to come up with a scalable solution for this problem.
Icon designers can add tags to the icons themselves and with a chance to show up on a lot of popular keywords such as “arrow“, “computer” and “people” there is little reason to limit the number of tags that they add to their icons. However, this ruins it for everyone else by making the search results much worse than they could have been. Today, we’re taking the first small step towards automating the fight against spam with a small change to the ranking of icons. Basically, the number of tags above a certain limit will influence an icon’s rank (think PageRank for icons.) – simple, yet effective.
You can see comparison of some search results below.
We felt this was a good way to kick off 2015. Let us know what you think in the search results.