[wp-hackers] Page searching examples [was: 2.4 planning discussion]

Otto otto at ottodestruct.com
Wed Oct 3 23:42:39 GMT 2007

Oh no, I'm not saying Google is the best way to go, by any means. But
it's still better than what we got now. It's what I use because, for
the particular searches that I've found people use on my own site, it
works quite well.

So, don't get me wrong. I'm a proponent of the match() functionality
in mysql. That would work quite well, I think. Maybe. Haven't tried it

As far as searching pages and such go, I think that maybe breaking out
of the Loop paradigm might be the best way. But I dunno for sure. Just
ideas. :)

On 10/3/07, Daniel Cameron <dan at scatter3d.com> wrote:
> On 10/3/07, Daniel Cameron <dan at scatter3d.com> wrote:
> > I can't imagine the links I have dynamically created in my sidebar
> > increasing the relevancy of a Google search centered around content
> > that's published on a page or post, especially since their completely
> > off topic. This also ties into my comment about Google searches not
> > respecting the site authors content since it intermixes comments (and
> > as you mentioned sidebar content).
> > ...
> > I don't think Google is a very good benchmark for
> > constituting "good" search as it doesn't respect authors content and
> > can be diluted by unrelated content.
> So I'm understood when I talk about "Google not respecting authors content".
> http://ottodestruct.com/blog/search-results/?cx=004401713637877867885%3Ah9tjeskdp1a&cof=FORID%3A11&q=hackery&sa=Search#885
> I can't image this search result being relevant to a visitor searching
> for "Hackery" since s/he's most likely not looking for the "Hackery"
> link on every single page.
> This might be a bad example but it should get my point across that
> real relavancy comes from what the author provides in content, tags,
> excerpts and meta information; all but one can't be indexed by Google
> (unless exposed of course).
> --
> Dan Cameron
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