Hello Vlad ,
I think that the "immediate monetization" for Kagi could be a double-edged sword.
In an ideal world, I'd like to see happen the NoGoogle proposal, but my biggest fear is that site could become to pay to be listed into this set.
This could lead to a perception of lower quality: I think that distrust in the community would mine the overall Kagi perception by the standard user.
That said, if you're confident about this idea, a possible implementation could be:
- the first time that a user boosts/pin a website, the user could be asked to share this boosts in an anonymized way or not (this setting must remain available in global settings)
- in settings we could add a switch about "highlight boosted results" (with an icon or a border)
- (and yes, only to Kagi subscriber)
About the "opt-in mechanism, which would drastically reduce its usefulness": I think that, once activated this setting and seen the positive net result on their searches, lots of users will enable the boost sharing .
What do you think?