Will the search feature be coming back any time? December 11, 2005 3:48 AM   Subscribe

Ever since MeFi's search feature went away and it now lets you search google or yahoo, I'm having trouble finding past posts I'm looking for. Right now I'm looking for a post from within the last month or so where you could enter a URL into this website and it would give you a bunch of feedback on how good/bad it was, etc..

Will the search feature be coming back any time? Google/yahoo don't seem to order by date, and seem to mix in all sorts of stuff that clouds up my search. I loved being able to restrict my search to "within the last month", etc...
posted by twiggy to Feature Requests at 3:48 AM (12 comments total)

I believe the website in question is Silktide's Sitescore.
posted by sjvilla79 at 4:45 AM on December 11, 2005


Another vote for the return of the built-in site search. It is almost impossible to find anything specific given the unstructured result sets returned by Yahoo/Google.

Pretty please?
posted by killdevil at 6:16 AM on December 11, 2005


This would be another good thread to ask for a weekly database dump to be made available through something like rsync. Don't want to offer resource-intensive search on your own site? Just give the data to other people and let them build their own searches.
posted by odinsdream at 9:14 AM on December 11, 2005


I will add my bongo to the drum circle. SQL dumps of comments and posts would be great.
posted by killdevil at 9:33 AM on December 11, 2005


I will add my bongo to the drum circle.

As will I.
posted by Effigy2000 at 11:41 AM on December 11, 2005


Bongo?

Kettle drum.
posted by konolia at 12:12 PM on December 11, 2005


I, too, miss the old search engine.
posted by sbutler at 12:13 PM on December 11, 2005


mathowie's working on it apparently. it's been longer than a week, sure, but I think we can rest well knowing the issue is being addressed.

meantime, you are weak! beef up your search-engine-of-choice fu.
posted by carsonb at 2:34 PM on December 11, 2005


I've been thinking of just bringing back a link search. So put in a full URL or part-URL and it will search old posts (not comments) for the URL, mostly to prevent double-posts.

I wonder what format a db dump should be in. I wouldn't be against providing it, though I'd probably have to put some terms on it so some spammer doesn't use the db output for some google adsense link farm.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:35 PM on December 11, 2005


Anyone here a database expert? CSV ought to be, if not universally liked, at least universally usable.

As for terms and conditions, Plutor has some thoughts on that.
posted by odinsdream at 3:43 PM on December 11, 2005


I still think that using Google Sitemaps would be the best solution.
posted by Sharcho at 4:38 PM on December 11, 2005


A link search would not have helped me in this instance, mathowie. I wanted to find that Silktide site that was found for me right away (thanks!!!) ...

I couldn't remember what the site was called, and google-fu was not helpful using terms like: test website usability

Even if you restrict MeFi searches to only the last 4 weeks, I think a lot of us would be content. Is it that intensive?
posted by twiggy at 10:56 PM on December 11, 2005


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