Foster Bass (fosterbass) wrote in suggestions,
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Search: saved directory searches

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Search: saved directory searches

Short, concise description of the idea
I would like the ability to save sets of search criteria on the search page and re-run the same searches later.

Full description of the idea
I will give an example of how I would use this feature. I live in Nyack, NY. I like to read the journals of other local residents around my age. I go to the directory search page and select the "country" and "last updated" items, then fill in the state, city, min age and max age. I do this once a day. If I could save this search criteria, I would not have to enter it each time. Note: I am aware that you can bookmark the results page, then when you access the bookmark, the search is run again. I think it would be more intuitive to have it be part of the application, rather than relying on a bookmark. Also, this would enable the saved searches to be available when using a shared computer that a user cannot save bookmarks on.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Saves time and typing for users who do the same search on a regular basis.
  • Encourages use of the search page. (good becuase it's a feature that is not available to free accounts, so it encourages paid accounts).
  • A screenshot of a proposed solution is available at:
    http://www.iconyard.com/images/foster/lj_directory.gif
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Encourages use of the search page. (bad because of the server load it will create)
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Add a "search title" field to the directory search page. This would allow a user to enter a name for the search (eg. "Recent Nyack Entries")
  • Possibly a check-box labeled "save this search criteria" (or the server could just save it whenever a title has been entered).
  • A drop-down on the directory search page that would list the user's saved searched.
  • If a user selected a search from the drop-down, they would not have to fill in any other criteria. Or, as a further enhancement, the user could fill in additional criteria.
  • To reduce coding time, we could simply store the URL that is currently generated by the search.
  • If the interest in this enhancement goes beyond myself, I would be happy to implement this feature.
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