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Gerry DeSeve
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Robert Lancer The search feature seems like it needs some attention. I think fixing this will encourage visitors to become members, and enable members become more active collaborators.

From what I’m seeing, a new visitor coming to the site to collaborate on 3D projects will get started by typing 3D into the search box. Doing this in a Mac Chrome browser, they’ll only get eight results:

Hitting enter does not take the user to a full page of results.

In contrast, a Google search of Collaborizm.com for 3D finds more than ten pages of results:

Limited search on the site really restricts the site’s ability to connect collaborators: new visitors think there are only eight 3D items on Collaborizm so it looks like there is nothing to work on; existing users with 3D modeling projects can’t get help from visitors since the posts can’t be found using the search field; and no one can take advantage of older posts with valuable information in them.

The only way a visitor can see what is really going on is to navigate into the home page menus. But this also significantly limits access to info since they have to go through Projects to see details, and most of the projects aren’t immediately visible since they’re on Ice (maybe because no one can find them?).

This issue is likely causing a lot of people to sign up, look around a little, maybe sign up for a featured or trending project, and not come back or contribute more.

If this gets attention, it would be great if advanced search features could be added too. These would enable filtering of results, like by post type (tutorial, contest, question), status (open, iced) and topic (engineering, consumer electronics).

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Gave example source for a custom Google search engine for Collaborizm

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Gerry DeSeve
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Thanks Harsha!

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A quick win is we could have a “more” next to each heading … Anton Voltchok let’s get this going.

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Gerry DeSeve
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Robert LancerYou could also add a custom search option. I made one at Google for Collaborizm at https://cse.google.com/cse/create/new - example code below.

 

Copy the following code, and paste it into a <div> element in your site’s <body> section, where you want both of the search box and the search results to render.

Note: For the most cross-browser compatibility, it is recommended that your HTML pages use a supported doctype such as <!DOCTYPE html>. CSS hover effects require a supported doctype.

<script>
  (function() {
    var cx = '008142151538621263116:rdmp82qb50s';
    var gcse = document.createElement('script');
    gcse.type = 'text/javascript';
    gcse.async = true;
    gcse.src = 'https://cse.google.com/cse.js?cx=' + cx;
    var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0];
    s.parentNode.insertBefore(gcse, s);
  })();
</script>
<gcse:search></gcse:search>

You can customize the Search UI even more, or add per page customization by following the full documentation on CSE element.

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Gave example source for a custom Google search engine for Collaborizm

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Ravi Pujar
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Yeah, Even i was struggling searching for a old post Robert had posted about Nepal Light. It only loads few at a time. It didnt show that thread in search with key word Nepals light. It only showed projects. May be it is after the first 8 results.

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Anton Voltchok
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Hey guys sorry missed this one thread before, would it be ok if you clicked on more (under projects or people or discussions) and it took you to a page full of results? Not sure if it’s better to execute it that way, or in the small search results box, also we could probably expand it to 5 results per category with see more under each one.

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Yes Anton Voltchok That will be good too.

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