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Topic # 87053 18-Jul-2011 18:27 Send private message

Folks... I have implemented a small change in our Google-powered search page.

First, gone is the Google Search field on top of all pages. I've done that because it was yet another script to load in all pages. This will save some bandwidth for you, and reduce page load time. Every time a script loads a kitten dies.

Also the new search implements better pagination and controls, including a tabbed filter that allows you to select All results, Forums results or News/Reviews results. With time I might add a few more tabs for the top blogs there.



 




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  Reply # 494941 18-Jul-2011 18:57 Send private message

Excellent. Much more useful.



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  Reply # 495297 19-Jul-2011 14:48 Send private message

Also note we have enabled the auto-complete feature...







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  Reply # 495833 20-Jul-2011 16:36 Send private message

Wow... No other opinions on the new search page?





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  Reply # 495839 20-Jul-2011 16:48 Send private message

Thank-you for your efforts. Faster page loads are always good!

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  Reply # 495924 20-Jul-2011 20:24 Send private message

So will kittens still die if we do a search.......?

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  Reply # 496010 20-Jul-2011 22:46 Send private message

It would be nice to be able to sort by chronological order



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  Reply # 496083 21-Jul-2011 08:50 Send private message

To order in chronological order Google needs to index a new tag, which we have added with this change.




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  Reply # 496191 21-Jul-2011 11:59 Send private message

Nice improvements.

The 99% width on the search input looks a bit odd on large screens, maybe give it a max-width via css that should restrict it for large screens and still let it max out for smaller screens and mobile.

IE6 and maybe IE7 will ignore it but a nice progressive enhancement for everyone else.

I'd also increase the height and font size of both the search input and the search button.

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  Reply # 496199 21-Jul-2011 12:13 Send private message

Much nicer...
(I didn't like that kitten anyway)



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  Reply # 496210 21-Jul-2011 12:37 Send private message

Dingbatt: So will kittens still die if we do a search.......?


Probably. But only when you search. Before, it was on every single page served. Much less kittens dying now, right?

 




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  Reply # 496215 21-Jul-2011 12:41 Send private message

freitasm: To order in chronological order Google needs to index a new tag, which we have added with this change.


Chronological order will be really helpful :)

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  Reply # 496242 21-Jul-2011 13:09 Send private message

Definitely better than it was F

But I still get a bit lost: I'm used to being in forums where you can choose to search the subforum you are in, or all of them etc.

(re getting lost: not very hard for me to do ;) )




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  Reply # 496244 21-Jul-2011 13:11 Send private message

Yes, the problem with searching subforums is that we rely on Google for the search engine. An alternative would be to create our own index, but I am not sure results would have the relevance Google can provide.





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  Reply # 496255 21-Jul-2011 13:35 Send private message

freitasm: Yes, the problem with searching subforums is that we rely on Google for the search engine. An alternative would be to create our own index, but I am not sure results would have the relevance Google can provide.



You certainly wouldn't from SQL Server Full Text Search or a custom SQL query.  However have a look at Lucene.NET http://incubator.apache.org/lucene.net/

It's pretty popular now, used by stackoverflow, codeproject and quite a few other sites:
http://blog.stackoverflow.com/2011/05/sponsoring-lucene-net-logo-design-contest/
http://codeclimber.net.nz/archive/2011/07/18/Lucene-net-is-back-on-track.aspx
http://codeclimber.net.nz/archive/2009/09/02/lucene.net-your-first-application.aspx





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  Reply # 496258 21-Jul-2011 13:37 Send private message

The frontpage says it all: "Get invovled (sic)".

Seriously folks, a bit more of care is required. Read this: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/education-14130854




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