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Please fix search RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi all,

    I have a problem, so I come here (msdn forums) and search on it.  And it seems that 90% of my responses are from 2008 and before.  While I am sure there is some benefit to these, in many cases, they do not reflect improvements made recently.  So I have to click on each result and first check the date.  Then I have to decide if the message context applies to my situation or is about approach that was used back then and has now been replaced with the latest approach.

    PLEASE do at least ONE of the following:

    1) Add the initial and last post date to the search results (this would be my preference)

    2) Allow me to specify a >, <, = to a version (3.0, 3.5, 4.0, 2010,2008, etc.) when searching

    Thank you,

    me

     

     


    FletcherJ
    Monday, August 22, 2011 5:29 PM

Answers

  • Yes, search is inadequate, we haven't been able to code a better solution yet. It is in the backlog. There is a long history behind our current level of search and how it works. The short of it is that we really haven't invested in a search engine and reply on bing, which has limitations in some of what it can do for us as is. Trust me when I say that search is one of things I really want to address as soon as we can. We have other work to do first though. When I say 'address search' I mean ensuring we at least have 100% coverage, an acceptable latency to index and eventually an advanced search which enables users to find things by date, user, question state allowing for sorts etc.
    Community Forums Program Manager
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:06 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • I agree. I also think that results from the search should be returned in Last Post Descending order.
    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog
    Tuesday, August 23, 2011 3:18 AM
    Moderator
  • Naomi,

    I just wish that someone at MS would respond to give us some idea of if there are any plans to make the UI better.  I am surprised that a company such as MS struggles to find the resources to provide effective support for their developers when many other environments have much better support and significantly fewer resources.

    Take care,

    me


    FletcherJ
    Monday, August 29, 2011 10:42 PM
  • Yes, search is inadequate, we haven't been able to code a better solution yet. It is in the backlog. There is a long history behind our current level of search and how it works. The short of it is that we really haven't invested in a search engine and reply on bing, which has limitations in some of what it can do for us as is. Trust me when I say that search is one of things I really want to address as soon as we can. We have other work to do first though. When I say 'address search' I mean ensuring we at least have 100% coverage, an acceptable latency to index and eventually an advanced search which enables users to find things by date, user, question state allowing for sorts etc.
    Community Forums Program Manager
    Wednesday, August 31, 2011 11:06 PM
    Answerer
  • On the same venue, it will be very helpful to be able to filter 'Threads I started' in 'My Threads' list.
    For every expert, there is an equal and opposite expert. - Becker's Law


    My blog
    Thursday, September 1, 2011 4:11 AM
    Moderator
  • Brent,

    Thanks for your response.  I realize the complexity of such an endevour.  Given that, would it be possible to at least concatinate the post date to the subject so that we can visually filter out the more dated responses?  This would at least make the search easier for us to use.

    If Bing (like a certain competitor) allowed us to search by date, another somewhat simple option might be to add a "Bing" button that simply appends a "site:social.msdn.microsoft.com" and a date reference to the search.  But without the ability to filter by date, this wouldn't help much.  But at least you can pass the idea on to the Bing folks easier than I can.

    In any case, I really appreciate your time and response.

    Thanks,

    me

     


    FletcherJ
    Thursday, September 1, 2011 4:08 PM