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...
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