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BeerAdvocate Search now uses Google CSE

Discussion in 'Announcements' started by Todd, Jul 15, 2013.

  1. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poobah (1,065) Illinois Apr 21, 2009

    This encapsulates my experiences as well. All of the search failures I've run into involved issues with diacriticals, special characters, apostrophes, and common words, but the hybrid Google failsafe made sure that whatever failures occurred at least had something show up.

    This new search is incredibly unappealing aesthetically (in that it doesn't seem to mesh with the rest of the site and appears as a brick wall of text/thumbnails), and the back-end filtering makes searches take longer (and I will acknowledge here both that this is my experience only and the extra time isn't all that significant, just a nuisance).
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  2. michael_king

    michael_king Zealot (80) Virginia Dec 18, 2012

    Loved how you could type in a brewery and a user-friendly list of all of their beers popped up, both active and retired.
    beertunes likes this.
  3. TMoney2591

    TMoney2591 Poobah (1,065) Illinois Apr 21, 2009

    Funny enough, I searched for McGee's in Chicago: Since it wasn't the top result, I went to the Places filter; out of the four results, none of them were what I was looking for. For the sake of it, I went back to All, and there it was, the place I was looking for a few results in. Does this make sense to anyone? 'Cause it's just weird to me, especially when it came up just fine in the old search when filtering for Places...
  4. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    I could offer my constructive criticism, but it would basically be a carbon copy of this post. I really just don't see how this change is taking things in a positive direction.
    duceswild likes this.
  5. Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky

    Ol_Johnny_Skippelwicky Advocate (590) Minnesota Feb 13, 2013 Beer Trader

    Once you were in a thread and went to the search bar there was a box you could check that said "search this thread only". This is also a feature I miss, especially when trying to figure out hints in a BIF.

    I also miss that the search was tailored to the part of the site you're in (e.g., when in the Beer tab your search only looks at beers; the Forum tab only looks at threads). Now if you want to search the forums, you have to go to the advanced search option and it's just as many steps/clicks as it was using the old way.

    There will probably never be a search function that everyone likes, but I appreciate that the admins are trying...
  6. DanimalFL

    DanimalFL Aficionado (235) Florida Mar 15, 2012

    I liked the old search. I stopped even trying to use the new search.
  7. mooseo

    mooseo Savant (340) Pennsylvania Aug 11, 2008

    It's not that bad. Aesthetic wise it's not as appealing but I'm finding it easier to find the beer I want in one try (even with spelling mistakes).
  8. pkalix

    pkalix Savant (445) California Oct 27, 2007

    "You'll need to enable JavaScript or unblock 'Google AJAX Search API."
    i'm an idiot. how do I enable java script? I just looked through my internet options and see what I thought I should see......
  9. tectactoe

    tectactoe Champion (870) Michigan Mar 20, 2012 Verified

    Gosh, I really want the old search back. This new addition is cumbersome and, in my opinion, makes it even harder to find the beer I'm looking for.
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  10. atoulouk

    atoulouk Savant (445) Indiana Apr 25, 2011 Beer Trader

    Can we please change back now? If I want to type in a word to see the threads that have that word in the title, the results that come up first are typically old, from January or February, and I can't search 1 forum by itself.

    The old search system was great! Please change back!
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  11. tai4ji2x

    tai4ji2x Advocate (665) Massachusetts Aug 10, 2007 Beer Trader

    each seems to have strengths and weaknesses. is it really that difficult to at least give people the OPTION to use the old search function?
  12. Todd

    Todd Founder (1,685) Colorado Aug 23, 1996 Staff Member

    We discussed the feedback as a team this morning and decided to roll back searching across the site.
    • Default searching for Beers, Places, Events and Forum is back.
    • Failed searches call Google CSE.
    • Search now defaults to Beers, Places, Events or Forum based on your position on the site.
    • Added Forum toggle to non-Forum search bar. Queries redirect to Forum search.
    • Forum search does not include toggles for Beers, Places and Events. This is a known limitation. We're exploring temporary solutions.
    Thanks to everyone who provided their feedback. It was very useful and will help us in creating a new BeerAdvocate search during the site redesign.

    Snowrs, Sludgeman, Hindsight and 9 others like this.