[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #700: Improve plugin search results algorithm

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#700: Improve plugin search results algorithm
  Reporter:  McGuive7  |      Owner:
      Type:  defect    |     Status:  closed
  Priority:  normal    |  Component:  Plugins Directory
Resolution:  invalid   |   Keywords:  ui-feedback ux-feedback
Changes (by Otto42):

 * status:  new => closed
 * resolution:   => invalid


 Plugin search takes many factors into account using the Sphinx search
 engine and relevance matching. Improving it is a constant ongoing process.
 More popular plugins will not always necessarily be at the top all the
 time, and the results can shift even day to day based on one of many

 If you have specific bug reports, those would be more appropriate here. At
 the moment, I don't think a general umbrella ticket for plugin search, or
 a detailed explanation of how it works being public is a particularly
 great idea. We get enough people trying to game the thing as is.

 However, I will say that the plugin title is not the main thing that the
 search engine has to work with. The plugin's long description is a far
 better place for plugin authors to improve upon. Too many plugins just try
 to use it as marketing fodder, putting irrelevant links and other such
 things in there. Having a good description, with good human readable
 paragraphs and explanations of the plugin made for people to read, will
 get you far far better results... and the tags don't matter nearly as much
 as some authors like to think they do.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/700#comment:2>
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