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crossbot was an editorially managed search engine and web catalog of Christian Internet offers, which was supported by the EKD .

The name of the search engine was a combination of cross , the English word for cross , which is a central symbol of Christianity, and offered as an abbreviation for (search) robots, also known as web crawlers . The offer wanted to give its users a quick overview of the topics of Christian faith, church and religion. The web crawlers only searched websites whose ideological point of view was Christian in the eyes of the editors.

According to Jörg Schilling , the search engine provided “high quality information” and “clearly distinguished itself from pseudo-religious tendencies” . Crossbot was "the world's largest Christian quality search engine " .

The search engine and catalog have been operated by the joint venture of Evangelical Journalism and the Evangelical Church in Germany since 2003 . After the start-up funding, Crossbot allegedly supported itself through donations and advertising revenues since 2005.

The search engine was discontinued in May 2010 because further expansion of search technology could no longer be financed. During this time, the EKD made the decision to set up the platform.

Media data

Around 7,000 offers were registered in the Crossbot catalog. Around 822,000 individual pages were searchable in the search engine, including around 62,000 PDF documents. According to its own information, Crossbot had 400,000 page impressions per month. Crossbot was at times part of the metasearch under .

Editing and quality standards

Crossbot was looked after by a theological editorial team, which actively researched and recorded new websites, actively procured domain collections (reference collections) and entered them in the catalog (for example all parishes of a regional church ), processed, activated or rejected domain registrations. On January 19, 2004, Crossbot was the first worldwide to implement the Bertelsmann Code of Conduct for search engine operators .

Crossbot limited the pages it indexed to Christian topics. Membership in the Working Group of Christian Churches served as a benchmark for the listing of institutions . Other commercial and private pages were included if they directly or indirectly addressed Christian values , beliefs or churches or provided background information on them. Most recently, there was basic information about non-Christian religious and ideological communities.

Homepages with "racist, extremist, sexist or slanderous content as well as pages that incite hatred and intolerance" were excluded. In addition to an automatic filter for major violations, the editorial team continuously sorted for further violations. Particular attention was paid to pages that are harmful to children or young people. By indexing "bad words" , crossbot finally succeeds in ensuring that "even if you are looking for blatant words, [...] you are offered factual results" .


In addition to the standard search for a search term, the search could be further narrowed down to certain domains, certain postcode areas, denominations, types of offers such as private websites, diakonia or diocese and combinations of terms. The "professional search" offered an input mask for the search with several factors .

In addition, crossbot offered an overview of the searches of other users in the past few minutes ( "Live Search" ) and an overview of the 50 most frequent searches in the current month ( "Top Search" ). In addition to the search option via the Crossbot portal, there was an installable browser search bar for Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox and as part of the Google Toolbar. As " Site Search " settled crossbot as a search engine on your layout adapted into any website and the contents then searched this offer.

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. literally: "The name crossbot refers to the cross as the central symbol of Christianity and for the robot that controls the search." ( page no longer available , search in web archives: "crossbot" ), seen June 30, 2009.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  2. Jörg Schiling: Methods of scientific propaedeutic work in Michael Wermke, Gottfried Adam, Martin Rothgangel (ed.): Religious instruction in secondary level II , Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 2006, ISBN 3-525-61015-7 , ISBN 978-3-525-61015 -2 , p. 321
  3. a b c crossbot media data ( memento from July 15, 2007 in the Internet Archive ), viewed June 30, 2009.
  4. epd: ( page no longer available , search in web archives: media data of epd ), viewed June 30, 2009.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /
  5. Wolfgang Nethöfel: “Matrix Consciousness or The Inside of Globalization” in “Religious Wellness: Salvation Today” by Hans-Martin Gutmann, Wilhelm Fink Verlag, 2005, ISBN 3-7705-4028-X , ISBN 978-3-7705-4028- 0 , p. 123 = Uni-Marburg: Archive link ( Memento of the original from April 16, 2014 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  6. Sunday newspaper : Crossbot  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice. , viewed June 30, 2009; offline on December 24, 2010.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  7. Internal communication of the project from May 12, 2010 was d. Provided by author.
  8. ^ Daniel Koch: Search engine optimization: Website marketing for developers , Pearson Education, 2007, ISBN 3-8273-2469-6 , ISBN 978-3-8273-2469-6 , p. 26.
  9. Bertelsmann: Bertelsmann Stiftung researches search behavior of Internet users and the quality of search engines , seen on June 30, 2009.
  10. a b Archive link ( Memento of the original dated August 9, 2007 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and has not yet been checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  11. ^ Spiegel-online Evangelisch Suche , seen on June 30, 2009.