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Crazy things that people put into site-search

 8:02 pm on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

I've got my own site-search script, and i've just been looking through the logs to see the kinds of things that people search for. And there are some really dopey terms in there. I was just wondering if anyone has got something similar on their site, and seen some equally crazy search-terms that people have entered into the search box.

one of my users today entered --
Where on your site can i find information about widgets?

i changed the word widgets, but the rest is identical. he must think that my site has got some amazing AI or something, for it to answer a straight question like that



 9:15 pm on Jul 13, 2011 (gmt 0)

Criminy, you should see my logs. They're all like that. (Moderators please note that I'm picking out the ones that are not answered by the page the person landed on!)

:: shuffling papers ::

what was that game on the old mac computers that you were a bug (I dunno, but it isn't one of mine!)
what does obscure font mean
how many lives got a cat (this has come up several times with similar wording)
what is a computer font (IANMTU)
need to wright out fonts [sic]
the change to a different font was not done because the chosen font and the font encodings (to which I can only reply: Huh?)
(with quotation marks as shown in logs) "My hovercraft.." Pink: "... is filled with eels!" (evidently google.au includes a feature not present in the American version)
my name is {name} but i don't know what it maens (sic spelling; query comes from Jamaica, making it highly unlikely that my Canada-oriented site containing the blocked word will answer his question)
i have fonts others don t how can they read

Answer to last: Wake up! You seem to have misplaced the years since 1999. (OK, I cheated. That one leads to a page that really does answer the question, assuming the asker is literate enough to read the whole thing.)

Oh, and I've had lots of people-- I devoutly hope they are all younger than my son-- asking how to duct-tape a friend. Hey, with friends like that...


 10:37 pm on Jul 19, 2011 (gmt 0)

I keep finding the letter 'K' on the internal search engine, whys that ?


 6:02 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

I think the letter K may be there because it's next to the return key on an android phone. ?


 7:25 am on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

When I read the initial post it didn't register that you were talking about site-internal searches. If I had one of those, it would be a steady stream of "Are you ever going to get to the hovercraft?" or possibly "Where's the part about galvanised iron?" all generically answered with "foo has left the building because I decided the word 'bar' worked better".

Incidentally-- you knew I'd have to check this-- if you search for "k" alone in g###, the #1 hit is the Boltzmann constant. I call that handsome ;)

Man, wouldn't you like to rank #1 for a one-letter search?


 3:04 pm on Jul 20, 2011 (gmt 0)

foundjake, thanks ! Its been driving me mad

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