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Every once in a while we see complaints come in about poor search results for various things - this isn't good, of course, but the good news is that the search engine is very tweakable.

To tweak wisely, though, lots of information is needed. Fixing one query that is specifically bad might ruin other queries that are now prioritized poorly. Lots and lots of data is needed. There is currently a platform-wide initiative to collect data on searches that were good and searches that were bad, and you can be a huge help.

As you search, please provide the following (both if you were pleased with the results or they weren't what you were looking for):

Search Term:

Results were Good/ Bad:

What's wrong with these results if they were bad?

What results should be at the top for this query/did you expect?

Any additional information (e.g. Advanced vs Basic search, Sorted By)


Thank you kindly! post-flame-small.gif

Remember, we need feedback on both good search results and bad search results. Please copy/paste the above bolded text and use it as a template to post in this thread. Please do not post other requests related to search at this time - for right now, all we're trying to collect information on is validity of search results. Posts in this thread that do not follow the above format may be deleted.
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Search Term: GTX 460 (In marketplace)

Results were Good/ Bad: A little bit of both

What's wrong with these results if they were bad? I was looking for gentle used GTX 460 and wanted to sort the results by recency. Mainly to see if any were for sale and how much they had been selling for.

What results should be at the top for this query/did you expect?
The most recent results but I got what seemed like what it considered most relevant even when searched more than once for good measure.

Any additional information (e.g. Advanced vs Basic search, Sorted By) - Was done in marketplace and use the select specific forum option. Sorted by recency. Advanced search.
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Search Term: 5.1 headset

Results were Good/ Bad: Very bad

What's wrong with these results if they were bad? I did not get any results for headsets on the first or second pages

What results should be at the top for this query/did you expect? it should atleast query anything related to headsets
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Search Term: 5.1 headset

Results were Good/ Bad: Very bad

What's wrong with these results if they were bad? I did not get any results for headsets on the first or second pages

What results should be at the top for this query/did you expect? it should atleast query anything related to headsets


Thanks! Do you have specific examples of the kind of results you were looking for with that query? Were you sorted be relevance or recency?
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i was doing relevance and i got one thing and then i switched it to recency and back to relevance and it was fine, it was really weird. I am trying to reproduce it for you guys.
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post #6 of 22

Search Term

I was searching for past PMs to/from BRFD.

Results were Good/ Bad

While I did get good results, I didn't get all PMs from him.

What's wrong with these results if they were bad?
The PMs are in my inbox (if I go looking for them manually), but won't show up when I search for them.


What results should be at the top for this query/did you expect?
For all PMs from the user to be shown (I know there is a bug with not seeing sent PMs if you never get a reply, but this isn't connected).


Any additional information (e.g. Advanced vs Basic search, Sorted By)?

Yes, a couple of things.

 

1) This is only for PM searching.

 

2) SJ comments on this issue here:

http://www.overclock.net/t/1217707/pending-release-search-feature-in-pm-inbox-has-a-couple-of-bugs/0_100#post_16664041

 

However, she considers to be more of a feature request (that the current PM search feature searches everything, but not specifically). However, I feel that not getting accurate search results, is a bug. As I've said, I get most of the appropriate PMs from BFRD showing up, but several that were in my inbox did not show up. This is not me requesting that we should be able to search PMs by username; I'm saying that search results are inaccurate.

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Bump? :/

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post #8 of 22

Still nothing?

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post #9 of 22
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The current PM search implementation is does not have the functionality to search by username - searching "BFRD" would be a text search of your previous messages, but nothing more. Expanding beyond that would, indeed, be a feature request as I see it (but something we certainly can file). redface.gif I apologize for ignoring your last bump, I'd taken it to be a general bump for more members to see this thread and offer their feedback (to date,we've got far too little information to work with for any meaningful tweaks to the search engine's algorithm).
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Well, like I said in the post, it seems to be more of an issue with the searching, that not being able to search by username. I can find almost all my PMs with BFRD, except for two (the very two I needed, by the way :P). If there's no username search, why do some PMs show up, but others don't (none of which include the name "BFRD" anywhere except in the recipient box)?

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