Sorry didn't see this post before I posted.
I like the new search, though I think it needs more work. I don't always find the results that I expect to find. I like the ability to search for a particular user or forum.
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The new search is IMO is broke. I really don't like it and find myself using the SE's to find what I am searching for on the site.
3rd that opinion. I liked the old Google search much better. I find the results are often crowded with posts all from the same thread.
I use Google and site:webmasterworld.com "query" and go from there. Haven't used the new search yet. :(
afraid I use the google search as well , did not get on with new search
I Prefer the old Google search much better
New search is clearly a work in progress... and it allows some functionality not possible using Google (eg, searching a post by author, and going to a specific post in a long thread).
The tradeoff is that URL format returned, though, is post specific, not thread specific. It's also not always compatible with urls suitable for posting, as WebmasterWorld has no single post-specific url system, independent of user-preferences, for reaching a post or a thread (that's a topic for another discussion).
Result display is also graphically clumsy. Thread titles and snippets are not well grouped, and indentation of snippets is a design mistake. Left alignment would make results much easier to read.
I find myself needing to use both the new Advanced Search and Google to find what I want.
I've gone back to using Google to search the forums. The G results are much better, more manageable, much easier to read, and not cluttered up with the "member match (or whatever it's called)" stuff.
I prefer to use Google search to find stuff here. It has a more user-friendly and familiar feel to it.
I'm usually just interested in typing in a few keywords and that's it. No advanced search needed for me ;-)
Don't give me a link to your search engine. Give me a search box.
The site has a wealth of info and I find it a pain to find the right threads.
(If some prefer Google search, then give them that option while searching.)
I also use Google with site:webmasterworld.com "query" for all of my WW searching...
I also Prefer the old Google Search Engine was much better than the current one.
Good on ya mate @rebelde
|Don't give me a link to your search engine. Give me a search box. |
A search box at the top-o-the-page would do the trick.
Not even a little bit interested in the author (like I really know who all of the authors are anyway) .. just a simple keyword search that pulls up the threads having to do with "that keyword" .. Type in HTML5, for instance, and Bamm .. all one could ever read about the subject, right at ones fingertips :)
Haven't tried the new search, but clearly confirm that a site-wide search -independent from 3rd parties- is much needed, and every inch towards this is highly appreciated. After all, especially with Google, we do not know how they use the information they get from searches containing the "site:webmasterworld.com" operator.
While I like the new search facility I think that a few simple amends could make it more user-friendly
Larger link to advanced search option
Keyword Search box at top of the page would be great with options to search all forums/particular forum/library