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Guess what kids? The MetaFilter search finally works!

Guess what kids? The MetaFilter search finally works!
posted by mathowie on Nov 3, 2001 - 8 comments

Better search, fewer doubles

I improved the search "previously found" feedback. Here is what you see if you search for something that was posted less than 5 times in the database, and here is what you see if you post a URL that is in there more than that. Hopefully this will cut down on double-posts.
posted by mathowie on Nov 3, 2001 - 9 comments

Search users function?

How useful would a "Search Users" function be? You could search for a particular username, or location, or whatever. There have been times where I wondered how many people were from a particular city (or at least owned up to it in their user profile). How difficult and/or useful would something like this be?

(BTW, Matt, the copyright at the bottom of MeTa still says 2000.)
posted by arco on Nov 1, 2001 - 1 comment

Doublepost prevention limited by search keywords

the plague of double-posts should be preventable through a reasonable search of the site, yes? i mean, if you can find the topic you are about to post, then you would realize there was no need.

but the search is limited by our own keywording. i have spent about half an hour trying to track down the URL of this link i saw a few weeks ago. anyone else remember the spooky (yet hilarious) flash-powered site with the old photograph of the little kid singing "american pie" and "black dog?"

so if i can't find a link that i remember from mefi, how is someone else going to find a link they don't know?
posted by grabbingsand on Oct 25, 2001 - 10 comments

Pony: improving MeFi search

searching metafilter: a proposal. (more inside.)
posted by moz on Oct 19, 2001 - 9 comments

Search Timeouts

It seems that both myself and Qubit are wondering about the search timing out. I did a MeFi Google search to see if anyone had recently linked e-sheep, and it looked safe. Little did I know. As per Qubit, why does the Metafilter specific search engine time out consistently, letting dumbasses like myself double post?
posted by arielmeadow on Oct 17, 2001 - 10 comments

Exporting older posts to another DB?

Would exporting a set of older posts out to another DB help the search engine? I find that the search engine is timing out a lot, and the google cache isn't always current enough to help prevent double posts. Plus, the old posts quite often lead to 404 pages.
posted by machaus on Oct 15, 2001 - 17 comments

More Granular Searching

A lot of times when I do a search here, I'm generally looking for a specific thread, not a specific comment. I'd like to be able so specify if I want to search only threads, only comments, or both. I imagine that this would help reduce the server load as well as making is a little easier to narrow down your results.
posted by skwm on Oct 14, 2001 - 2 comments

Places to check before posting

Not sure if something's been covered by the media? Don't want to look silly by writing, "Why isn't anyone reporting this?" when it's in every newspaper but the ones you're reading? Are you finding that the AP wire doesn't have enough information to satisfy you anymore? Here's where to look.
posted by Mo Nickels on Oct 14, 2001 - 13 comments

Searching Before Posting

Haven't been here long, but I've noticed double posts occur on nearly every thread, usually followed by a "shit ... I double posted" post %}

How difficult would it be to add a quick search through the previous posts in a thread such that if the same post had already been made it wouldn't post it again?

Or would that just crunch the overtaxed server too much?

posted by walrus on Oct 4, 2001 - 5 comments

search metafilter from the header of metatalk?

search metafilter from the header of metatalk? just for convenience when posting an example.
posted by rebeccablood on Oct 3, 2001 - 0 comments

Search Timeouts

The search facility is basically dead on its feet: I get timeouts 9 times out of 10. Understandable, given the size of the DB, but might it be worth outsourcing (ie, a Googlified site:www.metafilter.com link)?
posted by holgate on Sep 19, 2001 - 3 comments

What are people searching for on MetaFilter?

Since we get to see the search queries that bring people to MeFi, would it also be possible to track and post which search queries are the most popular within MeFi? The results may not be that interesting, but some of us would probably get a kick out of it.
posted by gluechunk on Sep 4, 2001 - 2 comments

Bug in the search results.

Is it just me, or are the "Go to the detail view for this result" links on search results not scrolling to the anchor points?
posted by machaus on Sep 4, 2001 - 2 comments

I'd love an advanced search.

I'd love an advanced search. Parameters in addition to content would be:

* Username
* Date range
* Boolean or "Google like" (see below) search

The biggest bang for the buck in my opinion is the content plus usernames... There are a ton of useful applications of this search.

Note: "Google-like" refers to that quality of always being able to find what you're looking for. Okay, only kidding. Actually I'm thinking of quoted phrases & exclusions.
posted by fooljay on Jul 27, 2001 - 4 comments

Search Comments by User?

Comment Search. A friend of mine just started reading metafilter and she wanted to read where I've made comments in the past. (Not sure why, but..) Is it possible to search for comments made by other people and I just don't realize? Is it unwise due to bandwidth considerations? Just curious.
posted by Apoch on Jul 21, 2001 - 2 comments

Finding a specific post by post number without knowing thread?

Is there a way to find a specific post by post number without knowing which thread it's in? (Other than binary searching by hand through all of MeFi?)
posted by rodii on Jul 11, 2001 - 6 comments

Searching and Bandwidth

Regarding the bandwidth concerns: Which uses less bandwidth?

—The occasional double post? And the obligatory flames? And the use of the search function to justify thse flames?

—Or using the search function prior to posting at all?

Please check.
posted by o2b on May 26, 2001 - 5 comments

Is there a French version of MeFi?

Does anybody know of any French Web logs? Not Metafiltre--there's only one!
posted by ParisParamus on May 25, 2001 - 4 comments

Ooo, thanks for Search Metatalk.

Ooo, thanks for Search Metatalk. Neato.
posted by snowmelter on May 15, 2001 - 2 comments

More specific searching?

Matt, I've been using the search function lately to try to dig up older threads, but now that MetaFilter's been getting bigger with more threads posted each day, it's making searching for the relevant posting quite hard to do. I was thinking maybe you could have a drop-down menu where you could choose to search "only postings" or "only comments" or "both postings and comments".. and if it's not too much work, maybe provide a way to search between certain dates to narrow the search criteria down. Keep up the good work!
posted by PWA_BadBoy on Apr 27, 2001 - 0 comments

"My comments" year not included

If I use the 'My Comments' option on the front page, it has started showing my comments posted this time last year, I guess there's no year included in the search.
posted by Markb on Apr 24, 2001 - 0 comments

Search by username

While I'm at it, I'd love to see a users page that would include the list from the members link on the 'powered by' bar, the 'search by user name' think Matt put together recently, and also a seach by username. What other ideas can y'all add.
posted by Sean Meade on Apr 21, 2001 - 7 comments

Could preview also search for references to the same link?

I know this will start a paradox of "I saw this before," but I think that it would be neat to have the preview option also do a search of the site to see if the link is referenced elsewhere. Now the question is, was this feature request made before?
posted by samsara on Mar 16, 2001 - 5 comments

Metatalk search feature and bad tag closure requests.

1. A search feature for MetaTalk ... I’m too lazy to see if any of my requests have been posted before.

2. When I’m on the feature requests page & click on Post a new thread, it would be cool if the default category was feature requests. I almost posted this to bugs, actually. I don’t mean because I thought it was a bug ... I mean I almost posted my requests to the bugs section because it’s the default category.

3. Something that automatically closes italic and bold tags (or links, &c.) for forgetful authors. It could get rid of things like http://http:// at the beginning of a link. I don’t know if this has ever been a problem. You could issue the author a warning if he tries posting a malformed link; e.g., http:// all by itself or something.
posted by gleemax on Mar 2, 2001 - 3 comments

dates on search results pony

Here's an easy win: dates on search results.
posted by jjg on Jan 10, 2001 - 2 comments

More posts requires better search engine

Since the number of postings is growing by leaps and bounds, it would be nice to see a better search engine...(more inside)
posted by gluechunk on Dec 13, 2000 - 3 comments

Search feature to sort links/comments by username?

Is it possible to add a search feature that would allow someone to sort links/comments made by username?
posted by tamim on Sep 25, 2000 - 8 comments

Can we search for links?

We can search for specific text, but is it possible to expand the search capability to include sites linked to? (Search for any links to www.whatadeal.org/foo/ for example.) This would help in determining if something is a repeated link or not.
posted by jason on Jul 10, 2000 - 3 comments

"The URL you are about to post was found in 1 other post(s)." (2000)

I'd like it if, when you're previewing a topic you're about to post, metafilter says something like:

The URL you are about to post was found in 1 other post(s).

lorem ipsum sit amet..
Go to the detail view for this result

please check the thread(s) above to make sure you're not duplicating a previous post.


posted by muta on May 16, 2000 - 3 comments

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