Is there anyway to make the search field more intelligent? for example in ebay or google one can use modifiers such as - or AND to further filter the results such as:
red, nuts AND woody, -bordeaux
which would search for a red wine with both nuts and woody tag but not with the bordeaux tag
so this would be filters before searching / getting the preliminary results rather than filtering any obtained results as suggested by previous posts
Advanced search filters
- Reply by Philip James, Apr 27, 2007.
GY - the default search is "and" so that operator is covered, would you use "not"?
i understand the idea, but do you think people would use it?
- Reply by gr, Apr 27, 2007.
This should be an option.
People who use computers a lot are quite comfortable with logical operators: we'd much prefer special-cased (ie, all caps) AND OR NOT did what we think they did, even if we have to hit a checkbox on our user preferences to do so. Hell, parse &&, ||, !. Let me enter regular expressions. Actually, PLEASE let me enter regular expressions: it costs you next to nothing, memory-wise, to suck that library in, it's in the runtime already by the time your code's running. Don't make it the default, or typos from non-geeks will get strange results, but I would certainly use it.
Don't, conversely, go down the silly "ask me a question" search wackiness. Web apps can't do natural language processing, let's not pretend they can.
- Reply by Philip James, May 2, 2007.
"exact matches" are now supported. that will be it for a while - we need to go build some other stuff in the interim