Our very own Mark Painter has done a brilliant job of improving internal search on HubPages.
You'll notice the following features: -No more filtering dropdown menu for initial searches -Autocomplete when writing searches -Grouping of abundant filter results (e.g. answers, Hubbers) near the top for site-wide searches -More filter options
We hope you like the improvements - have a look, if you haven't already, and let us know if you find any bugs!
I find the new internal search navigation to be very simple and much easier now, and it looks great also. The old way was a bit frustrating, now it is a very smooth process. Re-motivated to start pumping out hubs again with all of the new toys HubPages staff has brought to the community. Huge appreciation for the HP team! With a special thank you for Simone and Mark.
I stumbled across the modified search before this notice while trying to show someone how to use it. It didn't behave as usual (and I gave up quickly), so now I know why. Yes, it's better, but I have a puzzlement and a suggestion.
I am puzzled by the order. I searched "persecution Iraq" by relevance. I got a hub, a group of comments, a group of answers, and a continuing list of hubs. I can understand grouping like items together, but why separate the hubs? If there's a rhyme or reason (beyond "relevance"), perhaps an explanatory note at the top would help.
Suggestion: At this point I see a page icon next to each of these. That's fine next to hubs. How about putting the comment icon next to comments and the answer icon next to answers, etc.
I am very glad the search changes have been well received. It is very gratifying to work on something and get feedback that the result was beneficial.
Howard S., what I was trying to do was include pictures (or whatever) in the first place where a picture occurred in the relevance ranking. At a gross level, this is working pretty well. If you search for Pablo Picaso, some pictures will show up fairly high in the ranking, for example. However, there are probably some searches where the results seem not as intuitive, as you pointed out. Over time, I hope I will discover ways to whack the relevance engine on its pointy little head to get it to do better in these cases. Your other points are well taken and more straight-forward to deal with.
I am having a problem using the new search engine. I remember a forum and another location on HP that was about the Super Hubs program. I know it is closed, but these Hubs could be used for reference. I have searched for over an hour and typed in many different variations in the search box, but still come up with nothing. I do find questions, unrelated hub with words from my search post....but not what I am looking for.