J (banana) wrote in suggestions,

Search by journal type

Search by journal type

Short, concise description of the idea
It should be possible to specify the type of journal you want from the search page

Full description of the idea
In addition to the existing options on the directory search page, it should be possible to specify the journal type: users, communities or both. Currently both are returned from the main directory search page (http://www.livejournal.com/directorysearch.bml), and the community search page (http://www.livejournal.com/community/search.bml) doesn't seem to work at all. Finding a community for a popular interest is currently difficult because an interest search in this case simply tells you there are too many matches to display.

An ordered list of benefits

  • Easier to find communities
  • Single search page instead of two
  • Communities with popular interests can be found
  • Possible improvement in search speed, as results smaller
  • An ordered list of problems/issues involved

  • Programming effort required
  • Not all fields on the search page apply to communities (but they are currently found anyway)
  • An organized list, or a few short paragraphs detailing suggestions for implementation

  • Add a drop down list to the search page (http://www.livejournal.com/directorysearch.bml)
  • Fix the directory search code
  • Change the link from the Community Center (http://www.livejournal.com/community/)
  • Remove the community search page (http://www.livejournal.com/community/search.bml)
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