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

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Wed Jan 11 23:37:07 UTC 2017

#1692: Plugin search quality improvements
 Reporter:  tellyworth                           |       Owner:  tellyworth
     Type:  enhancement                          |      Status:  assigned
 Priority:  normal                               |   Milestone:  Plugin
Component:  Plugin Directory                     |  Directory v3.0
 Keywords:  dev-feedback needs-docs 2nd-opinion  |  Resolution:
  needs-testing                                  |

Comment (by dd32):

 > I tried an experiment. I entered 4 random words to see what I got.

 Searching random words and being surprised that results show up isn't a
 good way to test search.
 Searching for junk is going to give weird results, almost as weird as the
 input you give it, but it'll do it's best to find something that you
 actually meant (which It assumes wasn't the junk it got).

 For example, compare https://wordpress.org/plugins/search.php?q=taxomomy
 to https://wordpress.org/plugins-wp/search/taxomomy. The first contains
 items which only contain that term, the newer search shows the items that
 a user would expect to see.

 At the end of the day, search is a lot of weighing one up against another,
 a bad search term returning worse results than a good search term is OK,
 bettering the results for a bad search at the detriment of good searches
 isn't; weighing those up against one another is the battle that's being

Ticket URL: <https://meta.trac.wordpress.org/ticket/1692#comment:133>
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