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Help us improve the Instructables search! What haven't you been able to find?

We're trying to improve the search on Instructables. Can you tell us what searches have worked for you and what searches have not? Specific examples of searches you know should produce results but for some reason have not would be the most helpful things to report. Thanks!

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jefeickert8 years ago
I live in a Condo and have across the wall Neighbors ( ranch style Condos). What kind of device do you have or what can I use to stop the Banging on the wall we share? A high pitch sound or something like that? I am desperate to do something even if it's not nice or illegal. I will not hold you responsible for what you can think of. Jim
google0078 years ago
I published a question on topic form and waited 3 days before looking it up to make shore it was there and it wasen't what's ronge. And also if people do respound will the comment go into my inbox.
I searched my username and only got one of my Instructables.
I3uckwheat9 years ago
when i search for my 'ible i cant find it i search sansa and mine isnt in there yes i did put that in my keywords i just made it pls help here is a link to myinstructable
NachoMahma9 years ago
. I can't find a Help page for the Search function. Am I just not looking in the right place?
. If one doesn't exist and you can supply me with the info, I will post something similar to my text formatting FAQ. Yeah, it ain't great, but it's better than nothing. And thanks to some commenters, it's not terrible anymore. ;)
. As far as I can tell + and - don't do anything. Me again? Does it just OR every word?
ewilhelm (author)  NachoMahma9 years ago
Our search uses Lucene. Let me see if we have some documentation; ping me again if I don't have an answer in a week or so.
. Thanks! . Don't bother looking for your docs, I found them online, but now I need to know which version y'all are using (1.4.3-2.3.2). I should be able to document most (if not all) features without knowing the version, so no rush. If you've made any changes to the Lucene code that would affect user searches, that would be helpful to know about.
I know this is kind of an old thread, but I just tried to search for "cookie" in JUST instructables, and it will only search for "cookie" in ALL.
westfw9 years ago
It would be nice if comments I've made on an instructable are still accessible to me (via search and via the "comments" section of my profile) even if the instructable they were made on is un-published. I was going to point someone at the discussion suggesting "american cheese" as an aid to queso making, but apparently the queso instructable is gone, and so are my comments... (I hope I'm correct that instructables are only unpublished/removed at the request of the original author (assuming they we acceptable to start with.))
ewilhelm (author)  westfw9 years ago
It's rare that Instructables get deleted. If it was just unpublished, you would still be able to find your comments (it's just obfuscated, not removed). Do you remember the user that posted that one? Maybe I could look further into where it went. To address the larger issue about one user removing the content of another user: this is a tough issue. We let people delete their own Instructables because we view an Instructable as "owned" by the author. Similarly, comments are owned by their author, but this system does setup exactly the scenario you've mentioned, and we've choose not to address it directly because it's rare and because having the comments without the context of the Instructable would just be weird. I know that's a lame answer, but given our time-constraints, the perfect solution is more of an aspiration than a concrete to-do item right now.
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