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Advanced search filters

Posted by Philip James, Apr 27, 2007.

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


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

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