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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.

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(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 (Parson) 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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[stevieb]: LOL you can easily replace "Helsinki" with "Alberta"
[perldigious]: I used to live at the top of a very steep hill stevieb, I can relate to the video. Literally used to have to build up momentum and try to force my vehicle to make it up the hill to park in my driveway properly... didn't always make it.
[choroba]: Why don't they use tire chains?
[perldigious]: First snow, probably not prepared right away choroba.
[stevieb]: it's Quebec... they do weird stuff there :) In the mountains, it is *mandatory* for trucks to use tire chains. Many passenger vehicles do as well (but it's not mandatory for them)
[perldigious]: That stuff can hit fast... like what we just got where I'm at. Saw a few people who had slid OUT of the roundabout I have to drive through to get to work, not used to the ice yet, take awhile to get the hang of it again and make vehicle adjustments.
[stevieb]: man, when the roads are glare ice, I don't even bother going to work or out... unless I absolutely have to, or was already out in the first place
[choroba]: Tire chains are mandatory here in mountains, and the only unprepared each year are gritters
[stevieb]: I have a 3 day winter survival kit in my vehicle in the event I get snowed in in the mountains (which has happened before due to avalanches closing the roads (and once in the summer due to a massive forest fire that trapped us
[perldigious]: a handful of people in my work area did not make it, but I live pretty close and it's flat the whole way, so I didn't have any trouble. The roundabout is the worst thing I have to negotiate.

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