I type in 'phys' in the site search box, clearly looking for the Physics site, but since astrophysics is in the description of the Astronomy site, and that site is earlier alphabetically, it shows up first. I don't think that should happen.

Sorry, no access to MS paint.

  • This looks... familiar. – user102937 Dec 4 '13 at 21:34
  • My Dupe sense is tingling. – ʞunɥdɐpɐɥd Dec 4 '13 at 21:36
  • To be fair @TheGrinch, this one's justified... typing "physic" doesn't even get me the ability to view physics... people are likely to be searching on site name occasionally and it could have a higher weighting. – ben is uǝq backwards Dec 4 '13 at 21:37
  • I'm working on this one now, wanted to get the bar out while there were still a few hours to observe load today though. – Nick Craver Dec 4 '13 at 21:38
  • @NickCraver I know you are all over this so just a suggestion in case you weren't already doing it: Site Search should also look at the top [n] tags on each site. For example, a search for 'camping' should return The Great Outdoors even though 'camping' is not in the title/description. – Dhaust Dec 4 '13 at 23:22
  • @DavidHAust this is a simple JavaScript thing, maybe at some point we'll add more stuff to it, but the display would have to include those elements for it to many any sense – Nick Craver Dec 5 '13 at 1:06
  • @TheGrinch I confess my interest waned after reading the first "answer" on that page, so I didn't see the other. Should I keep this question? – Jakob Weisblat Dec 5 '13 at 1:20
  • @NickCraver Fair call if it's just JavaScript. An idea to address the display issue for when 'some point' comes around...Do the search on the tags and if a match is made you could append ' including [tag name]' or something similar to the end of the site description. – Dhaust Dec 5 '13 at 11:27

The search should now favor titles. This went out in a build a few hours ago. If you see any glitches please report them here. It's currently a very simple algorithm: show title matches, then description matches, both groups still in their respective orders. There is no "score" involved, just a case insensitive match in play as it's totally JavaScript based.

  • can you favor the beginning of titles? If I search "phy", cryptography, photography, and philisophy are above physics – Jakob Weisblat Dec 5 '13 at 14:51
  • @JakobWeisblat yeah I plan to favor: exact, then starts with, then titles, then description - will be tweaking it today – Nick Craver Dec 5 '13 at 14:51
  • @JakobWeisblat better behavior going out next build, more to come. – Nick Craver Dec 5 '13 at 15:11

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