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Implemented New Search Feature

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Posted: December 6, 2005, 5:47 pm - IP Logged

I have been hard at work improving the Search page to make it more like Google.

You can check out the results of my efforts by clicking Search in the Forums menu.

I'm still tinkering with the search algorithms, but I think it's churning out some good (and fast!) results.

Some of the highlights are:

  • Much simpler interface - just type what you want and click Search
  • Interface works just like Google
  • You can now search many more places on the site -- Forums, News, Username (search by Author name), Blogs, and your Private Messages.  Over time, these search features will be better integrated into each part of the site.  For example, you'll be able to search your private messages right from your inbox.
  • Much, much quicker results.
  • Fuzzy searches, which will find different forms of the words you enter - like finding "methods" when you enter "method".
  • Ability to use quotes around phrases, just you can tighten your searches.  For example, you can search for "north carolina" (with quotes), rather than north carolina (without quotes), so you will only find matches that contain the entire phrase.  You can mix and match quoted strings on the same line as non-quoted words.

There are many more features on the way, but I first want to see how the search algorithms are doing.  Plus, I didn't want to wait any longer before releasing this big improvement to everyone.

Let me know how it works for you.

 

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    Posted: December 6, 2005, 5:53 pm - IP Logged



    Very Nicely Done!!



    Thanks!

     

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      JAP69's avatar - alas
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      Posted: December 6, 2005, 9:58 pm - IP Logged


      Very nice
      Was looking for a post tonight and found what I was looking for quicker .

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        angelm's avatar - anne
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        Posted: December 6, 2005, 10:39 pm - IP Logged

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          Posted: December 6, 2005, 10:55 pm - IP Logged

          Love it Todd..

          Thanks a heap...

          the deflation tools are working great with vtracs method..

          I cannot wait until you add those vtrac features to the site..

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            Posted: December 6, 2005, 11:21 pm - IP Logged

            Love it Todd..

            Thanks a heap...

            the deflation tools are working great with vtracs method..

            I cannot wait until you add those vtrac features to the site..

            I'll get to it eventually.  As you can probably tell, I squeeze in time to work on new features whenever I can, and it's not always that consistent (especially lately).  So one day I will get some time to work on the vtracs thing, and then it will suddenly be there.  This search feature has been in planning for almost a year now, and I finally got the time (and database upgrade) to do it.  (Remember I upgraded the database a couple of weeks ago?)

             

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              Posted: December 6, 2005, 11:32 pm - IP Logged

              Before I used to always search my username to see if there was any new posts in the topics I posted in. Now it does not show who has posted in the topic last, it only shows my name as the last poster. I actually liked the other way better. On other forums there is a 'view my posts' option that solves all of this, but I never seen that here. Makes navigation tough, and finding your posts along with new replies. Is there a view my posts option somewhere here? Would be ok if the search actually showed who posted last.

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                Posted: December 6, 2005, 11:39 pm - IP Logged

                I like how you used North Carolina :) Good work as always, Todd!

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                  Posted: December 7, 2005, 7:24 am - IP Logged

                   

                  Very nice Todd !!

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                    Posted: December 7, 2005, 7:30 am - IP Logged

                    Thanks!  Coming soon the page will be enahanced so that you can control more aspects of the search, including the date range to search, specifying a specific forum to search, and more.

                     

                     

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                      Posted: December 7, 2005, 8:09 am - IP Logged

                      Loved the old search

                      Got to time periods(last year,

                      6months,etc) better

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                        Posted: December 7, 2005, 8:57 am - IP Logged

                        Like I said a little earlier, "Coming soon the page will be enahanced so that you can control more aspects of the search, including the date range to search, specifying a specific forum to search, and more."

                        I appreciate the feedback, because it tells me that I need to add it back sooner rather than later.

                         

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                          luckieStarr's avatar - darven
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                          Posted: December 7, 2005, 4:45 pm - IP Logged

                          Thanks, what other updates are you going to make to the site?

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                            Posted: December 7, 2005, 5:19 pm - IP Logged

                            Used it last night and love it!!  Top notch all the way as everything you implement!!  Thanks for working so hard!!  Big Grin Santa

                            Good luck to everyone!

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                              Posted: December 7, 2005, 6:37 pm - IP Logged

                              I like it better too.

                              With the lottery I get all the exercise I need.

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