[wp-hackers] Page searching examples [was: 2.4 planning
wp-hackers at striderweb.com
Wed Oct 3 16:25:41 GMT 2007
This discussion illustrates Allen Cooper's concept of "The Inmates
are Running the Asylum"(1). That is, we're designing interface from
a standpoint of what's programmatically most logical (or easier)
instead of what makes the most sense from the standpoint of Joe Average.
if Joe Average goes to a website and sees a "Search" box, he most
likely expects it to search that site -- the *entire* site. It
should pull blog posts, pages, authors, tags... pretty much any
information that actually appears on the site. It is not intuitive
to go to "blah.com", punch in a search, and only get results from a
subsection of the site.
This is clearly a "growing pain" of WordPress's (most excellent)
growth from a purely blog-oriented platform to a more full-featured
CMS. The search function has some catching up to do. As a
programmer it's probably beyond my skill (I'm sorry to say), or I
would already be halfway to a patch by now. As an interface
designer, this seems almost self-evident.
At any rate, I think users expect "search" to search the site, not
just a section of it -- ESPECIALLY when that Search Box appears on
every page! Does it make sense for the search box to appear on a
page that would not be found by that very search box? I myself did
not realize until relatively recently that Search did NOT find
anything on Pages.
I don't mean any disrespect, but it surprises me the number of people
actually arguing that search should _not_ search pages. Is this just
a case of nobody wanting to "bell on the cat"? I'm not the strongest
programmer (largely from lack of practice), but I'm happy to help out
in any way that I can.
Hacker Scott said:
> [A] user told me just yesterday that search wasn't working. When I
> checked, it seemed to be working fine. Turned out what she meant
> was that she was searching on an author's name and (quiet
> naturally) assuming that search would search everything. Yes, we
> have author pages with lists of stories by those authors, but
> people default to search, and expect Goog-like results.
> Whether it makes sense to include authors in search results is a
> different question, since most installations don't have more than a
> few authors. Just saying that users expect it.
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