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How does askbot search work?

asked 2013-05-18 05:36:30 -0600

jayl gravatar image

When I type "Django 1.5" in the search field on askbot home page. A list drops down from the search field which I assume is a list of questions related to Django 1.5, but I couldn't see any relavent questions.

It seems to be the same when I click the search button to go to the search result page. If I search for "Django 1.5", the first question is http://askbot.org/en/question/10734/how-translate-live-search/ (How translate live search) which has nothing to do with Django 1.5 and yet it is the first on the result page.

Looking at the questions and the tags of the question, most of them don't have much to do with Django 1.5. The question http://askbot.org/en/question/10650/askbot-django-15/ (askbot django 1.5) has the search keyword in the question and the correct tag, also it is a recent entry, but it is the tenth question on the result page.

I am not sure how does askbot search work or am I missing something?

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answered 2013-05-22 15:14:09 -0600

pajju gravatar image

updated 2013-05-22 15:57:13 -0600

The search behavior is kind of strange. Its not very well-defined. And I agree with your pain-points.

I would request @Evgeny to document - how the search features work internally. And how he likes it to be, as his perception of search results may be different.

From my understanding of Search so far --

The search for string - django 1.5 in search-box gives results having, 'django' or '1.5' searching from question titles only, Its a logical OR.

Think it like Google search results. Its a logical OR, on Question Titles.

But, If you need to search for exact full-phrase, then use double quotes. Like "django 1.5"

Note: Search is a very Important feature, we need to have a community consensus on the details of search.

I'm creating a new question for this now.

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