This is a short article about splash pages on web sites, both sides of the argument are discussed briefly with the major argument against being the old 'it'll confuse the search engines' angle. In my opinion the webcrawling types of search engines are dead anyway. The flaw is that they all rely on typing in a search phrase, which for the average net user is one or two words with no sophisticated boolean constructs. The result is thousands of pages of junk. This is where directories such as Yahoo, Open Directory or UK Plus score. Some of the search engines are wising up, such as AltaVista's Ask Jeeves service which has 7 million pre-defined questions that it will suggest.