Guess what kids? The MetaFilter search finally works! November 3, 2001 1:51 PM   Subscribe

Guess what kids? The MetaFilter search finally works!
posted by mathowie (staff) to MetaFilter-Related at 1:51 PM (8 comments total)

it will timeout on big searches, but the > last month searches should work fairly often.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:15 PM on November 3, 2001


(Returned 0 results for comments and thread in last week and month... timed out on calendar year and day-one. But hazzah anyway; at least I can define my search now! Good job, Matt!)
posted by silusGROK at 2:19 PM on November 3, 2001

Yummy. Big up to the bossman. One immediate comment: it's doing a substring match rather than a full-word match, so looking for last month's "dictionary" post with OED as my search term matches words such as "echoed", and I suspect that you might get other false positives on small words. Is there a "full-word" option on your search backend, Matt? If so, enabling it would probably make things even more streamlined. If not, could you just surround the search term with whitespaces when it gets submitted?
posted by holgate at 2:26 PM on November 3, 2001

Good point holgate, I'll make the change so only partial word matches are done when people use an astericks. (search for *OED gets echoed, search for OED does not).
posted by mathowie (staff) at 2:39 PM on November 3, 2001

crap, I couldn't get the SQL queries to work. I'll add this later.
posted by mathowie (staff) at 3:39 PM on November 3, 2001

Wonder weekend! It's a lot faster. Thanks. I suggest a rewrite for the second paragraph, though: "If the search is timing out, you may want to wait, rather than trying Google's record of this site, which is notoriously inefficient."
posted by MiguelCardoso at 4:03 PM on November 3, 2001

M A T T H E W  A.  H A U G H E Y
(415) 572-5986 - Cell
San Francisco, CA

Objective Currently seeking full time or contract work that blends my front-end design and interface knowledge with my backend database and scripting expertise. Also interested in.............

posted by tp3wen at 8:14 PM on November 6, 2001

That's from Matt's resume. So might I ask what the point of that is?
posted by fooljay at 3:42 PM on November 7, 2001

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