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Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 28, 2018

Have you Searched CrazyEngineers Discussions?

We're excited to launch the feature that we've all been working for several weeks now. CrazyEngineers Discussions now has a 'search' feature - one of the most requested feature; that took a long time to make an entry on the site. 

While it looks like a simple box that sits on the top of latest discussions list and individual discussion, lot of engineering wizardry happens behind the scenes. 

We've implemented special search server that takes care of your queries, tolerates your spelling mistakes and tries to bring the best of the results from our database. 

As designed, the search engine gives a lot of priority to the main question, or the 'title' of the discussion followed by the actual contents of the discussion. We've chosen not to search inside replies, in order to favour better results. 

The search feature will slowly be rolled out to other apps like News, Downloads and FoundersCircuit; as well as our future apps that are currently being developed. 

Do give it a spin! You'll love it. ðŸ˜Š 

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 28, 2018

Tagging @Manish , @Abhishek , @Anoop ; give it a try. 

Tried it , its working well. Are the results filtered by time? I mean latest posts first? Or do we have to display the one with many replies first? I mean popular ones.

The search is very fast. Spelling tolerance leads to some interesting finds. This search was for ‘mud bricks’:

https://www.crazyengineers.com/threads/search/?s=Mud+bricks

I also got results for ‘trick’, ‘mug’, ‘brink’ and others.

Very good.

Kaustubh Katdare
Kaustubh Katdare • Jul 29, 2018

@Ramani sir, yes - that's correct. We've tuned it to first prioritise the  discussion headings (titles). That's why it found the expected result and put it at the top. Then, it looked into the descriptions of all the matching descriptions; but it didn't find any 'good' fit. It therefore began looking at other possible keywords that you 'might' have wanted to search. 

@saandeep - the results are not filtered by time. We tested time filtering; but it was discarded to favour natural ranking of the discussions. 

We've large number of discussions that are old; and should pop-up at the top for respective keywords. That way, it'll be easier to find interesting discussions we've had in the past that got buried in the pile. 

PS: We're now paying more importance to actual discussion and its description than ever before. There's a notice on the discussion create page that informs users that unless the question or discussion is well defined and written, it will get deleted. ðŸ˜Ž 

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