We're pleased to announce that CHOW has a new search feature, which has been in the works for a while. There are some design changes that you'll notice right away, but the biggest change is the actual engine that powers our search. So, for those who have previously complained that the search feature isn't finding the information you are looking for, I encourage you to give this new version a try.
There are a few specific things I want to point out about the new search feature.
1) A general search across the entire site searches through the following categories of data: Recipes, Recipe Categories, Recipe Galleries, User Recipes, Videos, Boards, Discussions, Users, and Articles. Product Reviews are not showing up in search results yet, but we will add them soon.
2) You can narrow down your search results to see only: Recipes, Discussions, Videos, or Articles.
3) At any time, you can sort results by most relevant (Best Match) or by most recent (Recency). However, recency does play a role in determining relevancy.
4) You can search for a single word (cream), which will find every piece of content that contains that word. You can search for multiple words (cream pie), which will find every piece of content that contains both of those words, but not necessarily together or in order. You can also search for a phrase in quotes ("cream pie"), which will find every piece of content that contains that exact phrase.
5) Search results will load continuously. Once you get past the first 20 results, scrolling further will load the next 20 on the same page.
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6) If you limit your search results to discussions, you can narrow down even further by selecting which board you want to look under. An added feature of this new search is that you can select more than one board, making it possible to search for something under multiple boards at once.
7) You can also narrow down results by username, or by date. Again, if you search all years and sort by 'best match', keep in mind that recency will play a role in determining what shows up first, since recently updated or created discussions will have higher priority. However, if you know the exact dates you want to search for, you can choose "Past Month", "Past 12 Months", or select your own custom dates, which will limit your results to discussions updated during that time period. Note that if you choose new custom dates, you may have to press the search button again to apply your filter.
8) You can narrow down recipe searches by choosing one of the filters. You can also choose multiple filters here, allowing a search for "spinach" under both "Main" and "Starter"
We are going to be continuing to tweak this new search feature in the upcoming weeks and months, particularly when it comes to how relevancy is judged. In the meantime, constructive feedback is appreciated.
If you notice any bugs or unexpected results with the new search, you can report them on Site Talk. If the bug relates to the search results you're seeing, it'll often be helpful if you can include a link to the search results page that you're on. The URL will show us what exact search you've done, and the results that you're seeing.
Thanks very much,