A New Search Bar

Hi guys,

When we built EP Search, the site was small. Very small.  And it worked OK for us.

Then the site grew. We went beyond groups and stories into answers, confessions, dreams, surveys, music, games... and so on.

But search stayed the same. We, as a staff, use EP all day long, so we found ourselves continuously frustrated that we couldn't search as effectively as we needed to, often resorting to Google to find things that we knew existed but didn't show up in search.

So we decided over the weekend to use Google's custom search engine functionality (that searches ONLY experienceproject) to build a better search engine.

Now, when you search, you'll see a different page than you are used to-- it's a results page much like you'd see on Google, and it searches the ENTIRE site. If you want to refine your search, like to search only confessions, you can click any of the subheadings and it will only give you results from that portion of the site.

Benefits of the new search:

- Faster! 

- More thorough (covers Q&A, forums, dreams, etc)

- Can restrict your search results to only a specific aspect of the site (find that one confession...)

- See snippets from the page's text before you click on it

- Can always go back to the original search by clicking a link at the top of the search results that says 'see classic search results'

We are still tweaking this to make sure you get the best results, but we as a team think this is leaugues better than the old approach and uncovers more interesting content, faster. Please let us know how you get on with it and we'll do our best to keep improving EP.


-Team EP

ExperienceProject ExperienceProject
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2 Responses Mar 2, 2009

hi tulick,<br />
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that's exactly one of the problems that this search is suppose to help address- and in our tests, it does find the groups that weren't able to found before. Try running a search, and then click the 'groups' subheader-- it should ONLY return groups. <br />
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let us know how we can make it better-- we can definitely keep tweaking until it performs.<br />
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You can also 'go back' anytime by clicking the 'classic search' link at the very top of any search results.

put it back the way it was <br />
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if you really want to aid the search function here when i type in the name of a group i have seen it should be able to mach those words and realiize it is a group WITHOUT all the capital letters in place <br />
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it also should be able to find similarlly worded groups rather than simply saying no one seems to have stared one on that topic start one today then you create the goup and get similar things <br />
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or sometimes you don't and what you end up with is a lot of redundent crap<br />
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oh and while i'm here if google can have spell check why can;t alll of EP ??? comement sections group creaation group decriptions <br />
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i can dream can't i