Really, though, I'm shocked at how many people don't know how to do real keyword searching and then scan results to refine the keywords they are looking for. Now, I do admit, when infoseek was in development, I was one of the alpha testers and…
I spent the past school year teaching, among other things, technology to 9-12 year olds. One of the lessons I gave them was what to do when they were having difficulty coming up with search terms. Write down their question as if they were asking a person, underline the nouns and adjectives, and use those.
Well, delmoi, I put your question to google itself. What I can't decide is whether the lack of relevant supports their point, that it doesn't work, or your point, that there's no evidence for such a claim...
Putting the above text into google turns up a page about the META html tag, 6 hits for SEO tutorials, a eBay forum post about changes in the number of hits returned for specific eBay searches, a page about mysql_fetch_array, and a linkfarm's search results page for marijuana.
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