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

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#1692: Plugin search quality improvements
 Reporter:  tellyworth        |       Owner:
     Type:  enhancement       |      Status:  new
 Priority:  normal            |   Milestone:  Plugin Directory v3 - M3
Component:  Plugin Directory  |  Resolution:
 Keywords:                    |

Comment (by aaroncampbell):

 First, sorry that this is based on a specific search, but hopefully
 understanding what's going on with some specific queries will help me wrap
 my head around the new search.

 I was testing out the new plugin repo a little and thought I'd search for
 "ithemes" to take a look at iThemes Security (for those that don't know,
 the plugin I work on...so I was trying to use it as a reference point for
 what's changed, etc). I was surprised to see "White Label CMS", "ManageWP
 Worker", "Sidekick", "MainWP Child", and "InfiniteWP Client" all show
 before iThemes Security. iThemes Exchange and other smaller iThemes
 plugins don't even display.

 I tried to dig through some of them and see where "ithemes" was matching:
 '''White Label CMS'''
  - Twice in one line of the changelog: "Patch submitted by Chris @
 iThemes. Better support for users of iThemes."
 '''InfiniteWP Client'''
  - Once in FAQ: "Does ManageWP work with all popular plugins like
 WordPress SEO by Yoast, WPTouch, Google XML Sitemaps, NextGEN Gallery,
 Contact Form 7, WooCommerce, iThemes Security, WordPres importer,
 Wordfence Security and others?"
  - Once in Changelog: "Fixed incompatibility with iThemes Builder and For
 Loop JS Loops"

 Compare those to '''iThemes Security''':
  - In title: "iThemes Security (formerly Better WP Security)"
  - Contributor
  - 20x in description tab
  - Once in installation tab
  - 11x in FAQ
  - 37x in Changelog
  - Once in screenshots

 It also has more active installs than any of the ones listed before it (I
 see that it's a metric).

 I noticed other issues with searches like "Aaron Campbell" and "Google
 Analytics" but maybe dealing with this iThemes one will help me understand

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1692#comment:7>
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