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Getting to Super Search

by swiftone (Curate)
on Sep 13, 2000 at 00:53 UTC ( #32189=monkdiscuss: print w/ replies, xml ) Need Help??

This post was inspired by jcwren's comment here, mentioning that Super Search would have been an easy way to see that the topic had been covered before.

I poked around, and realized that Super Search is not easy to find out about. It doesn't appear in the Site How To or the PerlMonks FAQ. The Search Results page doesn't mention it. (in fact, a search for "search" doesn't give it). The only location I found it in was in the "leftovers" nodelet. (which I had turned off).

As more and more information is posted to PerlMonks, it becomes more and more obvious that the standard search is insufficient. I propose that the Super Search be integrated into the Search Results page. Something simple like "Have you tried Super Search?". (I seem to recall that being there at one point, possibly removed to reduce server load?)

If server load is a concern, perhaps the note would only show up for cases where search results returned 0 results, or more than 20?

(We should also update the Site How To or the Perl Monks FAQ, but until I have the time/willingness to write the section, it'd be wrong of me to discuss it...oh, wait. :) )

If we want people to find PM useful, and if we expect them to know what has been discussed, we should make sure it is easy to find information.

Comment on Getting to Super Search
(ar0n: yup) RE: Getting to Super Search
by ar0n (Priest) on Sep 13, 2000 at 01:21 UTC
    Oh, the irony *smirk* [1]...

    This exact subject has been discussed before:

    Check out node_id 25222 or just click this link

    But I do agree with both you and kudra, in that Super Search should be more obvious.
    It should at least belong up there with the links to the various sections of PerlMonks.

    -- ar0n (just another perl joe)

    [1] The irony [2] being that I found the article by using
    searching with Super Search with the words "Super Search"...

    [2] I'm starting to wonder if this qualifies as irony...
    Any English majors in the house?

      This exact subject has been discussed before:

      Hah!. And I even did a Super Search for "Super Search", but I didn't look at anything that didn't match 2 words.

      It certainly qualifies as irony to me.

RE: Getting to Super Search
by TGI (Vicar) on Sep 13, 2000 at 21:26 UTC
    Despite the irony of this post being a repeat, I have to say that I had no idea super search existed until today. I found this node useful, and thus had to vote it up.

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