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Old 09-13-2004, 09:01 AM   #1
lhoff
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Search results page header


Small, but helpful:

Could the Search results page be modified to show the keyword(s) the user searched for at the top of the page? I find myself forgetting what I was searching for after a few back-and-forths through the result threads.

Thanks!
 
Old 09-14-2004, 01:59 AM   #2
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My 2 cents - I like this idea in theory, but imagine it may be rather difficult to implement given that there are multiple selection criteria. In other words, in addition to showing the keywords that were used in the search, there are also options to exclude words, restrict the search to a specific user name or a specific forum, and also to limit the search to posts that were created within a variety of different time periods. Trying to display all the different possible combinations of those filters could be a pretty tough task, but then again there's some seriously cool code running this site and who knows what kinds of tricks the site admin may have up his sleeve.

As a decidedly low-tech solution, have you considered doing a Search but then just right-clicking on the individual threads in your result set, and opening them in a new window? That would permit you to keep one window open that contains the initial set of results, and then you could selectively open whichever threads looked interesting in another. -- J.W.
 
Old 09-14-2004, 06:09 AM   #3
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Originally posted by J.W.
...As a decidedly low-tech solution, have you considered doing a Search but then just right-clicking on the individual threads in your result set, and opening them in a new window? That would permit you to keep one window open that contains the initial set of results, and then you could selectively open whichever threads looked interesting in another. -- J.W.
Actually, I already do that. The problem arises (and is the reason for my request) when, after reading the several result threads, I've forgotten the exact term I searched on and want to search on some variant. I thought a reminder at the top of the page would alleviate that. I figured, "Google does that, maybe LQ can too."

You could, of course, suggest that I write down each search term on a piece of legal paper next to the computer. I'm a member of some mailing lists that would have done just that...
 
Old 09-14-2004, 06:27 AM   #4
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Can't you go back to the search page and change your terms and then hit search again?
 
Old 09-14-2004, 09:09 AM   #5
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J.W. brings up some very good points. That being said I think the idea is a god one in theory also. I have implemented it so that only the main search terms will appear in parenthesis near the navbar. While this is not perfect, I think it will help and will at least remind you what main terms you used. As always, feedback is welcome.

--jeremy
 
  


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