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I swear I searched; what can I do better?

Rightyho, I just made an arse of myself by posting this. In about a femtosecond, folks rightly pointed out that it was a dupe.

But I did search in the MeFi/Yahoo searcher up there, and I have since tried to get Google to give me a clue that it was a dupe, with the link: and site: tags. No luck so far.

Can anyone suggest a bulletproof way of establishing that MeFi has not discussed a subject before?

posted by gdav on May 21, 2006 - 16 comments

Full -text search indexes go!

So I finally got around to researching full-text search indexes for the database server today. I whipped up some indexes (that are updated hourly) and ran some tests: searches using the indexes were 5-10x faster than the old way. So I brought back tag and post search for logged in users on the search page.

Consider this a test for the next few days, as I would like to bring search back in all sorts of ways (searching a user's posts, favorites, etc), and hopefully this doesn't kill the database server like it has in the past.
posted by mathowie on May 11, 2006 - 35 comments

Why does the link search find things the site search doesn't?

Why does the link search find things the site search doesn't?
posted by Gamblor on May 4, 2006 - 27 comments

Zen-like post from a few years ago?

There was a thread here, a couple of years ago, I think, about the Zen-like (I don't remember if he was actually aligned with that tradition) aphorisms of a wise man. Many of his insights were oddly striking, but some of them seemed kind of obvious, too. An example was something like this: "People look more attractive at night."

I have searched, but not been able to find that thread. Any idea where it is?
posted by jayder on Apr 29, 2006 - 5 comments

Projects functionality: update please

Projects - any plans for recording in the user profle what you have voted on, tagging, or a decent search function? For the first time I'm trying to remember something I enjoyed and voted on, but can't find the tools with which to find it.
posted by fire&wings on Mar 23, 2006 - 7 comments

Technical aspects of photography AskMe sought

a two-for-one question.
There was a post on AskMe about camera use that showed up on the side bar awhile back, had to do understanding what the technical aspects of photography meant and how they interrelate. I glanced through the tags and search features and didn't see it, anyone have an idea where it might be? And secondly, is there a way to search past items on the blue's sidebar?
posted by edgeways on Mar 17, 2006 - 5 comments

Yahoo firefox search plugin for askme

The current firefox search plugins for Mefi were written ages ago for the built-in site search (hence they don't work anymore). Can any of our hotshot code cowboy members look into making one that uses the yahoo search? I'm particularly looking for one to search AskMe.
posted by Firas on Feb 10, 2006 - 5 comments

Is it possible to search for users based on # of posts/comments/questions?

Is it (would it be) possible to search for users based on # of posts/comments/questions? (Based on a few earlier threads, I'm curious as to how many accounts have been set up solely to ask question(s).)
posted by aberrant on Feb 4, 2006 - 11 comments

Searching for a thread about sad comics.

I can't find the thread featuring sad, touching comics. Also featuring a comic where main character sends hanger to pregnant ex. Thanks!
posted by null terminated on Jan 31, 2006 - 3 comments

Looking for Chuck Norris Legal Team C&D

I can't find the ask mefi post about Chuck Norris's legal team issuing a C&D.

The search function yields this: "Ask MetaFilter | Community Weblog
January 30, 2006 8:30 PM PST. 20 most popular tags in the past month: Posts by category in the past month: January 30 ... I run a t-shirt site, and have received a "cease and desist" letter from Chuck Norris's lawyers .."

Clicking it simply brings up ask.metafilter.com. I did look through all of the January 30th posts but couldn't find it, and I haven't seen any notes about it being deleted.
I'm looking for it because a law student friend is curious about it.
posted by drstein on Jan 31, 2006 - 13 comments

Suggested use of robots.txt for better searching of MeFi and related subdomains

Robots.txt for the <tagname>.metafilter.com domains should exclude all rebots. Currently the robots reindex the entire site for each subdomain.
posted by Sharcho on Jan 15, 2006 - 23 comments

search for URLs for FPPs

In response to the inordinate number of doubles recently (e.g.) which begin:
MeFite A: Look! This is my link!
MeFite B: This is nice
MeFite A: sorry, double, delete

[mi]
posted by NinjaPirate on Jan 12, 2006 - 28 comments

Desperately seeking search

Please bring back some kind of built-in search capability.
posted by killdevil on Dec 31, 2005 - 26 comments

How do I search for links on Metafilter?

This might be a pony request, I'm not sure, though...

While doing a bit of research for a possible FPP in the blue, (to avoid posting something that already had been) I was wondering if there was a way to search MeFi for given links.

In other words, say I found some new, interesting information about a widget that had already been discussed on MeFi - sort of a follow-up, hey, lookit what they're doing now-kind-of-thing.

Is there any way to quickly check if the sites I found had already been linked without reading through pages and pages of comments and multiple threads to make sure it hadn't already happened on MeFi? A straight URL checker or something? Or is there a search-engine technique I'm ignorant of that would prove useful. Finally, should I have taken this to AskMeFi?
posted by TeamBilly on Dec 27, 2005 - 12 comments

Looking for an old post.

Here or AskMeFi?

i'm not sure if i should post this here or ask mefi, but i'm looking for an old post that i found around Thanksgiving.

It was a blog and/or humorous editorial about Thanksgiving in the White House. Does anyone know what I'm talking about and/or know where I can find it?
I've searched for keywords and searched the tags, but i'm just not finding it.
posted by pelican on Dec 21, 2005 - 2 comments

Will the search feature be coming back any time?

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 on Dec 11, 2005 - 10 comments

Best way to search for previous posts?

Best way to search for previous posts? [+]
posted by fenriq on Dec 8, 2005 - 163 comments

Search customisation pony

Dear Mathowie,
Could you so kindly add to the preferences an additional customization? If it isn't too much work. One in which I can choose which search engine the top right search input requests a search from. I don't ask for much. I only need a choice between Yahoo and Google. If it is any easier, I'm the only one asking so you can just give me the option and no one else. If it isn't all too much a bother, sir.
Humbly,
TwelveTwo
posted by TwelveTwo on Dec 7, 2005 - 23 comments

Help Me Find a Thread

There was something posted a few weeks ago (can't even remember if it was in the blue or the green) about a website that allows you to design your own paper robots or creatures and then fold them up according to a pre-made template. Trigger any memories?
posted by jeremias on Dec 4, 2005 - 4 comments

Yahoo Search Bug

Yahoo search isn't working properly, via the "Search Ask Metafilter" link. Clicking on a search result link goes directly to http://www.yahoo.com.
posted by hooray on Nov 13, 2005 - 2 comments

Indexing AskMe

For Ask.Mefi, please tell Google to only index the individual archive page for each question, rather than indexing the monthly archives, the tag index, etc.
posted by chunking express on Nov 11, 2005 - 7 comments

Missing Search

Hey Matt, where did the search function go? Now all that is left is a Google search, but that doesn't pick up recent posts. I know you are working on some new search features, but could we have the old one back in the meantime, please?
posted by caddis on Nov 9, 2005 - 12 comments

Search with Yahoo instead of Google?

It has been demonstrated many times that when searching MeFi, Yahoo does a better job than Google-- maybe the search box on the homepage should use Yahoo?
posted by gwint on Oct 21, 2005 - 19 comments

Why are there three shoutings?

Why are there three shoutings?
posted by delmoi on Oct 19, 2005 - 11 comments

Search Error

The front page gives an "Unterminated String Constant" JavaScript error. I think it's something to do with the search box, but I don't really get it. The error's been around for months. IE6
posted by Mephistopheles on Aug 22, 2005 - 7 comments

Yahoo vs Google

If it's true that Yahoo! has a more complete index of Metafilter than Google does - see here, here and here (just below) for tantalizing discussion - wouldn't it make more sense to point folks to Yahoo! rather than Google on the site's various search and posting pages? Anyone up for a semi-scientific test?
posted by mediareport on Aug 15, 2005 - 23 comments

Searching Comments

Is it possible to update the search function so that you can search not only posts but the comments? Didn't it used to do that? Google doesn't seem to drill down to the comments (except in fairly new threads) and neither does the MetaFilter search function which can make it very difficult to track down an old comment or links that appeared only in the comments.
posted by caddis on Aug 4, 2005 - 12 comments

Timeouts in search

In my experience, the exact phrase search for AskMe usually times out when searching through "answers only" or "questions and answers." I assume this is simply due to the size of the data. I'd hate to see this functionality disappear, as Google is pretty useless for AskMe. If a dedicated MetaFilter Search Cluster is not an option, perhaps we could have a way to specify date ranges?
posted by Galvatron on Jun 3, 2005 - 4 comments

tag search might further eliminate dupes

Avoiding duplicate threads with different URLs: In order to avoid posts like this, a tag search might further eliminate dupes. Would it be worth having (for example) the last three FPPs using the same tag(s) listed when you preview a new thread? And would that be easy to implement?
posted by GhostintheMachine on Apr 29, 2005 - 25 comments

Searching and Flagging

PonyFilter - search Threads&Comments in the blue? Seeing what posts have been flagged as? Or has these been asked about already? (metatalk search sez no...)
posted by PurplePorpoise on Apr 24, 2005 - 1 comment

AskMe indexing?

Is there a chunk of AskMe that has not been indexed? If not, why can't I find a certain question? (more inside)
posted by gluechunk on Apr 23, 2005 - 3 comments

Pony - best answer search

Another tiny new feature: you can search for just questions with good answers marked at Ask MetaFilter. Here's an example of a search result with this in action.
posted by mathowie on Feb 11, 2005 - 34 comments

Tags for deleted double posts

Tag problem? Searching for the Jeff Gannon thread to post this juicy update, I found this page, which says there's a tag but doesn't show it. I think it may be a tag for a deleted double post?
posted by CunningLinguist on Feb 9, 2005 - 4 comments

Is there an automatic identical URL detector?

Facts On Farts was deleted within ten minutes of posting. In point of fact, the double post alluded to was all about turds. I checked it myself. Is there some sort of automatic feature that sniffs out identical URL's? Because this was in error, even though I was warned before posting that it looked like a duplicate (but wasn't). FWIW, the fart site actually was written to address a lot of things that any reasonable person might be curious about.
posted by docpops on Jan 31, 2005 - 28 comments

Search Metafiler bug

Found a bug in Search Metafilter that could be rather painful for both the server and the client. [mi]
posted by furtive on Jan 30, 2005 - 8 comments

Search is broken again.

Search is broken, part 532. But this time it's a Google bug. Here's an example: I couldn't find a recent excellent AskMe, until iconomy kindly answered my MetaAsk, noting it was called MySonHatesMeFilter. But using Google, even with that unique string, I don't find the original article, but Yahoo and MSN find it. I'm afraid Google is no longer necessarily "your best bet". How about adding Yahoo and MSN search boxes?
posted by Turtle on Dec 28, 2004 - 28 comments

how to lookup user pages by user name

I used to be able to lookup user pages by user name, with the URL "http://www.metafilter.com/username.mefi/mathowie" but now, when I put that in, it resolves to "http://www.metafilter.com/user/1" I know this has been mentioned before, but I can't find the discussion; is there any way to lookup a user's page if you only know their user name (and not their user number), and you can't find a comment they made (in order to just click on their name)?
posted by jonson on Dec 13, 2004 - 16 comments

agressive search advice commentary

Should this advice on searching for previous posts be on the search page?
posted by stopgap on Dec 13, 2004 - 36 comments

Can we have a Meta* search page?

Is it technically feasible to have a single search page that can search, if so desired, all meta* content at once? Or must I be doomed to a weary life? Searching three things is hard and I need a nap afterwards. Help!
posted by Hildago on Sep 23, 2004 - 6 comments

Mefi "Searchathon" contest

Is anyone interested in helping to organize a MeFi Searchathon? [More inside.]
posted by MiguelCardoso on Sep 15, 2004 - 29 comments

Why doesn't Search Metafilter work?

Why doesn't Search Metafilter work?
posted by eustacescrubb on Aug 9, 2004 - 64 comments

How can I avoid making double posts?

Drat! Foiled again! If anyone needs a pony that helps prevent doubleposts, it's me. I search (google) and search (MeFi), come up empty, post, and soon discover that I've been had. We've talked about such a pony that uses a keyword, category, or subject engine... how's it coming?
posted by moonbird on Jul 17, 2004 - 21 comments

keywords to avoid double posts

Double Post Suggestion: Part of the reason people double-post is because when they do a search, nothing turns up. This often has to do with the fact that the first poster wanted to maintain an element of surprise and therefore did not put any information into the post except a link. I would suggest that from now on, for each new front page post, that there be an additional, hidden field called 'description' or 'keywords' or both where the poster could put a list of keywords or a description that might turn up in future searches. This field would not show up on the front page, so posters could maintain the element of surprise without making it difficult to find the post in future.
posted by PigAlien on Jul 9, 2004 - 28 comments

Announcing the new search features

NewFeatureFilter: Ask MetaFilter search, and all user pages have Ask MetaFilter history, with Ask MeFi removed from MetaTalk history. This is the tip of the iceberg, several major features will be added this week.
posted by mathowie on Jun 14, 2004 - 15 comments

MeTa search seems to be broken?

MeTa seach seems to be broken. The results come up, but clicking them gives an error.
posted by Orange Goblin on Jun 13, 2004 - 1 comment

AskMe Archives

Why isn't Ask Metafilter archived more extensively? Why is it not searchable? Seems like a great source of info and trivia.
posted by Dukebloo on Jun 11, 2004 - 13 comments

Does googling ask.metafilter.com get the archives?

Does googling ask.metafilter.com get the archives? I was gearing up to chime in about visiting Moab for i_cola, when I had a moment of deja vu. The domain restricted search turned up only two non-results... but searching on my MetaTalk comment history broght me what I was looking for.
posted by weston on May 5, 2004 - 6 comments

Mycroft searches for MeFi and MeTa

For those of us that use Mozilla/Firefox, I wrote up a couple Mycroft searches, one each for MeFi and MetaTalk. (they're listed in the "Undefined" category)
posted by quasistoic on Apr 25, 2004 - 12 comments

Site on road maintenance?

I'm trying to find a site I remember visiting (over a year ago) from Metafilter. It was a local government/organisations site (perhaps for New York) on road maintenance with photos of different kinds of problem pothole etc. and a form for submitting the location of a problem to the site owners. I've tried searching Metafilter and Google without success. Does anyone remember this?
posted by atom71 on Apr 18, 2004 - 8 comments

Can we have a search function for AskMe?

Matt, I'm in love with ask mefi. I have ideas for questions that I eventually want to ask (or research) but I want to make sure that it hasn't been asked before. Can we please have a "search" ask (rather than getting results from MetaTalk or the main filter?)
posted by filmgeek on Mar 18, 2004 - 14 comments

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