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Re: Considering nodes for re-titling

by Anonymous Monk
on Feb 23, 2005 at 11:43 UTC ( #433650=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Considering nodes for re-titling

This behavior is the reason why I think certain single-word titles are poor choices; there's nothing wrong with one-word titles per se.

I agree with the first and the last part of the above statement - I disagree with the conclusion in the middle. It's the behavior that causes the problem - the one-word title is merely the trigger. So, fix the behavior. Searching with a single keyword is common. So, if it's a problem that a search with a single keyword jumps directly to a page instead of showing a list of alternatives - don't jump. Show the list!

This reminds me about the story of the man who went to the doctor saying his eye hurts when drinking tea. And instead of suggesting to take out the spoon, the doctor tells the patient to stop taking sugar in his tea.


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Re^2: Considering nodes for re-titling ("search")
by tye (Cardinal) on Feb 23, 2005 at 15:32 UTC

    To my mind, the "Search" box at the top of the page is poorly named. It isn't very useful for searching and is very useful for jumping to a specific node for which you know the title or the node ID or even just much of the title. I've long felt that the "Search" button should be renamed "Find". If you want to search, even with a single keyword, you are better off using Super Search or the google alternative it links to.

    Anyway, this is why the "fix" you propose hasn't happened. It would solve a problem with the misuse of the mis-named Search feature while simultaneously breaking one of the most important features of the site.

    Update: But doing just that isn't a very appealing "solution" either. How about s/Search/Goto/ and add another top-line input box for "Search" that actually uses Super Search to search node contents easily. Perhaps also move the links to Super Search into the top bar instead of with all the links just under it?

    - tye        

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