[wp-meta] [Making WordPress.org] #1692: Plugin search quality improvements

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#1692: Plugin search quality improvements
 Reporter:  tellyworth               |       Owner:  tellyworth
     Type:  enhancement              |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  normal                   |   Milestone:  Plugin Directory v3 -
Component:  Plugin Directory         |  M5
 Keywords:  dev-feedback needs-docs  |  Resolution:
  2nd-opinion                        |

Comment (by bfintal):

 Replying to [comment:53 danieliser]:
 > @bfintal - I am thinking similarly though the problem may not be with
 the weighting per say, but with when the weighting is applied.

 Yup, weighing is needed and that may be a possible solution.

 > [It] Should be get all results relevant to the terms SEO weighted by
 their relevancy to the term (based on content, category, tags etc).
 > Once that is done then apply weighting for active installs, review count
 / avg rating etc to sort the results of the query.
 > I think if the first query takes AI into account at all the results will
 be wrong as they won't be relevant as much as higher weighted.

 I agree.

 Also, active Installs and review count / avg ratings are nice, but if
 those were the majority of the sorting factors then new entrants or
 upcoming plugins would have a hard time getting some visibility.

 From what I know, "supports up to", and the number of resolved tickets are
 also used, maybe to weed out the stale plugins. But how about for the new
 ones? I think it would be good too if other factors were added in as well
 that would help newcomers with potential. I imagine new plugins would
 always be in the bottom of the list and would rarely rise a few positions
 up the search results since it would be really hard to catch up with the
 thousands of active installs and hundreds of ratings the established
 plugins already have.

 I also think your suggestion on the ability to sort results would be
 really needed to compliment search. This may help other non-established
 plugins as well.

 > Sort By: Recently Updated, # of Reviews, Avg Rating, Oldest - Youngest.

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1692#comment:54>
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