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Old 07-15-09, 02:34 PM   #1
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Confusing the word "moped" with "tricycle" in YouTube

Hi. When I go into YouTube and type in "tricycle commute," (without quotes and comma), when I go to watch YouTube videos and see them commuting, why is it that they confuse/misplace a word "moped" as "tricycle?" Is moped really a tricycle?

A moped is a vehicle having two brakes (one side of the seat) and with a pedal on the front of the seat. The seat is very low to the ground, which is pretty much in-line with the wheels in the side, located in the back. A tricycle, in the other hand, is like a bicycle, except that it has three wheels instead of two. One difference between riding a moped and riding a tricycle is that with a moped, you have to have a license to drive a moped, but with a tricycle, it is just like riding a bicycle, since you don't have to have a drivers license. But just to be completely sure, you have to have a drivers license to ride a moped in all 50 states. Am I correct?

Here's an example when I get a selection of videos listed with the keywords "tricycle commute" (again, no quotes):
http://www.youtube.com/results?featu...rch_type=&aq=f

I did not see handlebars in any videos (well, except for some but that's quite irrelevant when it comes to commuting with tricycles).

I'm not trying to criticize anyone who created videos at all for those who mixed up the word "moped" with "tricycle," but I'm just curious, that's all. I'm just hoping that they replace the word "tricycle with "moped," but then I'll get less results with irrelevant videos that doesn't match with commuting with tricycles.

Other than that, it's pretty fun watching commuters traveling through roads with mopeds.
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Huh? A moped is a small motorcycle. The term evolved from early mopeds, which needed to be capable of being propelled by pedals, even though a small engine was the primary motive force. (Motor + pedal = moped) Definitions and required equipment vary from state to state, as does licensing requirements.
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I'm still trying to figure out why people on bikeforums use brake in place of break.
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I did use the word "brake."
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Along the lines of what BlazingPedals said; youtube's "smart" search engine probably sees "moped" and associates it with "motorcycle" which it associates with "motorbike" or simply "bike."

It sees "tricycle" and associates it with "bicycle" or simply "bike."

Thus, the database can make no distinction between the two "bikes" being searched for, so it kicks both of them into the results.
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Ah, okay. Then this thread should've been posted in the off-topic section of the forum, but I thought I'd post it here, since it's about bikes and trikes. If it makes no distinction between two words, like "trike" and "bike," then Youtube's algorithms does kind of confuse me.

For example, in some searches (non-Youtube), Google Search asks if I meant "motorcycle" instead of "tricycle" when I use some other words that go with "tricycle." (Is "tricycle" is a loose term? I thought I might use "adult tricycle" (with quotes) but that'll probably limit the search result...) This is even if I put a + before the word to force the word to be included in the result.

Thanks for your help.

PS: To moderators, could you please move this thread to the Foo forum? It's much more suitable there due to this thread being Internet-related even if it's the proper wording, such as moped and tricycle when it comes to searching for videos in Youtube. Thanks.
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