Señor Grumblecakes (jervo) wrote in suggestions,
Señor Grumblecakes

making interest searching "smarter" (once it becomes available again)

making interest searching "smarter" (once it becomes available again)

Short, concise description of the idea
Essentially, I'd like the "interests" feature to be able to parse out redunancies, specifically words like "the". A spell checker would be cool, also, but not essential. The examples below better illustrate what I'm talking about.

Full description of the idea
Let's say that lj-user A has "the simpsons" as one of his/her interests, and is looking for other Simpsons fans. If lj-user B has just "simpsons" as an interest, however, user A won't find user B. Similarly, users who have "sifl and olly" as an interest will not easily find users with "sifl-n-olly" or "sifl & olly". Etc. Of course, if someone meant to write "the beatles" but instead wrote "the beetels", they won't be easily found, either. Deliberate mispellings, though, would be harder to deal with...

An ordered list of benefits

  • It would make searching by interest a lot easier.
  • When the "search by common interests" feature returns, it would obviously provide more accurate results.
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Would spellchecking have to be involved? Which would also bring up the issue of:
  • Deliberate mispellings
  • Would this make the interest feature, which is already disabled because of overuse, even more difficult to maintain?
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • I don't really know anything about programming, so I have no idea what this would entail. But search engines like Google and Yahoo will often throw out words like "the" when performing searches, so I know it's not totally impossible.
  • Tags: interests, searches, § historical
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