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Re^2: Disallowing single-word titles in SOPW (more)

by tye (Sage)
on Sep 02, 2004 at 18:22 UTC ( #388041=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

in reply to Re: Disallowing single-word titles in SOPW
in thread Disallowing single-word titles in SOPW

Yes, it is. Type in "hash" in the "search" box (which isn't very good for searching) and note that you don't find any nodes titled "hash problem" but you also don't find most of the nodes with "hash" in their titles. So renaming those few nodes from "hash" to "hash problem" would make using a simple search of "hash" more useful (except, of course, that one of those nodes is a user, but ignore that for this demonstration and I'll address it below).

Of course, I've wanted to fix this problem for a long time. But I don't want to break the primary use for "search" (aka ?node=), which is to find a specific node. And lately I've been complaining that the "Search" button should really be renamed as a "Find" button. But now I'm thinking we should have both a "Search" and "Find" button and if you push "Search" it doesn't stop searching just because you had a few (or one) exact title matches. (Which also makes single-word node titles less of a "problem to be fixed".)

I'd like to disallow (or at least strongly discourage) SoPW nodes with titles that contain less than 2 (or maybe 3) words after "noise" words are removed, qw( please problem help newbie Perl bug urgent and the from error ), to just name a few.

- tye        

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Re^3: Disallowing single-word titles in SOPW (more)
by Roy Johnson (Monsignor) on Sep 02, 2004 at 19:01 UTC
    How about: if one exact match is found, it goes to that exact match (Find behavior), but if multiple exact matches are found, it goes ahead with a complete search?

    Caution: Contents may have been coded under pressure.

      That would suck for some current uses of "Find" (at least for pmdev members, perhaps for others as well) and doesn't solve the problem of there being just a user "hash" when you want to search for nodes about "hash"es.

      I think I'd like "Find" to never return a huge list of matches, so there are quite a few reason to distinguish "Search" from "Find".

      - tye        

        You can super-search for node titles if you don't want an exact match. (Sidenote: the search bar at everything2 has an Ignore Exact checkbox.)

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