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Re: Super Search discouraged?

by ysth (Canon)
on May 16, 2007 at 17:28 UTC ( #615844=note: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??


in reply to Super Search discouraged?

When you use the normal "Search" and land on the Search Results page, you should notice the

To search more than just titles, try Super Search or Google for site:www.perlmonks.org foo bar.
Perhaps that should be in a bigger font, since bold doesn't seem to make it stand out?


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Re^2: Super Search discouraged?
by naikonta (Curate) on May 16, 2007 at 17:56 UTC
    In most cases, I'll just use the normal search. And if I can't find from its result (which is rare), I turn to the Super Search. So, I find it quite intuitive as ysth points out. If I do know in advanced what I need, I go directly to the Super Search menu on the top right.

    Update: 25-05-2007 Fixed node title to follow the parent change. (I thought it was automatic :D)


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      In most cases, I'll just use the normal search.

      In most cases, I found it simply doesn't fit my needs. So I eventually got into the habit of going straight to the Super Search. Of course I've been here for quite some time and probably all this doesn't apply to newbies, which is the issue the OP was concentrating on.

Re^2: Super Search discouraged?
by wojtyk (Friar) on May 16, 2007 at 18:25 UTC
    Well that's not always true either.

    For example, when I went looking for posts with "Super Search" in the title and typed "Super Search" into the searchbox, it took me straight to the Super Search page.
    I've had similar experiences when searching for articles on common Perl modules...I recently searched on "crypt" and I was taken straight to the crypt perldoc
    Each of these gave no option to go elsewhere.

    And in the cases where the "To search more than just titles" line appears...Perhaps it's just me, but my eyes immediately key on the results, semi-ignoring the surrounding text. I mean, who really fully groks the whole "Below are some nodes whose titles contain these words..." line every time they do a search? Instead, the eyes just subconsciously glance over that information and go straight to the results. Where the bold probably helps for the Super Search recommendation line, I guess it didn't help enough in my case ;)

      For example, when I went looking for posts with "Super Search" in the title and typed "Super Search" into the searchbox, it took me straight to the Super Search page.
      Unfortunately, we have just the one box doing both search & goto functionality. Separating these two would be good. As a workaround, to force a search just drop off a letter: cryp, Super Searc.
      Perhaps it's just me, but my eyes immediately key on the results, semi-ignoring the surrounding text.
      I don't think it's just you. Do you think bigger text would help?
        Unfortunately, we have just the one box doing both search & goto functionality. Separating these two would be good.

        Actually I find that useful: in fact I use the simple search almost exclusively to go straight to some node of which I know the title in advance, e.g. a home node. OTOH it's funny that I stumbled upon this thread clicking on Super Search the other day, since the link is implemented by name, not by id.

        I don't think it's just you. Do you think bigger text would help?

        Possibly, though that's just a guess.
        I still feel like front page locality relative to the normal search is the way to go though.

        I already mentioned the radio button, which would actually be my preference. An example of this is here

        Another way of doing it is with the href link, like what this site does

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