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Posted on 12/07/2001 3:41:59 PM PST by John Robinson

I've placed online an experimental search engine. It currently only searches article titles. If the technology proves worthy, I'll try to expand it to search articles and commentary. If it cooks the server, it's outta here.

It has a few interesting features, please give it a whirl.


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1 posted on 12/07/2001 3:41:59 PM PST by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
Thank you, John.
2 posted on 12/07/2001 3:44:38 PM PST by StoneColdGOP
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To: John Robinson
You are amazing.

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3 posted on 12/07/2001 3:46:21 PM PST by Lurker
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To: John Robinson
I've been completely baffled by the search function for a long time. I put in one word, I get results. I put in another word that's also in the title of the same article, and get zero results. I put in two words that are in the title, and get results. I put in two other words that are also in the title, and get zero results.
4 posted on 12/07/2001 3:47:05 PM PST by Arthur McGowan
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To: John Robinson
Nice.

Some quick suggestions:

add "order by author"

Maybe add a "limit search to this category" (ie: culture/society, political humor/cartoons)

Add a date range so people can look at a narrow band of time

If you want to see what a really nice article search engine looks like, just look at the search engine on LEXIS-NEXIS. (of course, the whole business of LEXIS-NEXIS is centered on their search engine, and this is just a peripheral thing for FR).

You could put multiple fields in, like one for "search for any of these words," and another field for "search for this exact phrase" and one for "search for threads NOT containing any of these words" so people could combine different search capabilities.

5 posted on 12/07/2001 3:47:33 PM PST by xm177e2
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To: John Robinson
Wow, that goes back really far. Very cool. At what point do we need to go to the archives?
6 posted on 12/07/2001 3:47:53 PM PST by riley1992
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To: John Robinson
That looks pretty good John. I note that it goes back to around the middle of 1999. Is there a plan to bring titles on-line from prior to that?
7 posted on 12/07/2001 3:48:15 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: xm177e2
EEP! I just wanna know if this thing is going to melt the server. Bells and whistles later. :-)
8 posted on 12/07/2001 3:48:51 PM PST by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
Excellent.

Before, I was trying to find this - 9.8: Mel Reynolds transcript (censored adult content...damn funny, though.) - through Google, and I got nuttin'.

9 posted on 12/07/2001 3:49:17 PM PST by Senator Pardek
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To: John Robinson
I expect you'll be adding in features, so I won't bother you with other requests. Good work.
10 posted on 12/07/2001 3:49:20 PM PST by DoughtyOne
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To: DoughtyOne
Most titles should now be online. The only stuff not online is anything that could possible be an LA Times or Washington Post article. Anything containing a variation of those words remains unavailable. Everything else should be available.
11 posted on 12/07/2001 3:50:42 PM PST by John Robinson
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Wow. I thought I'd test it and typed in "monica" to give it some work. Blam! They they were in a millisecond. I would hope that you have lots of coolant for this engine...
12 posted on 12/07/2001 3:51:18 PM PST by eureka!
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To: John Robinson
Sure seems to be a lot better. I still have not figured out what the existing engine wants for a thorough search.
13 posted on 12/07/2001 3:52:54 PM PST by Cold Heat
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To: John Robinson
I just did a search on:

Moose Cheese

Works great!

14 posted on 12/07/2001 3:54:59 PM PST by steveo
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To: John Robinson
I searched for a couple of things, and got lots of good results. It appears Free Republic is still online, so evidently it didn't fry the server. Regarding the excellent notification feature--I'm wondering if it would be possible to set it to notify us when a given thread (or several; no doubt there would have to be limits) has new messages added? Sometimes there's a thread or two I'd like to keep track of--the "bookmark" feature works ok, but notification would be better. I adore the notification feature!
15 posted on 12/07/2001 3:55:09 PM PST by MizSterious
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To: John Robinson
Thank you, John!
16 posted on 12/07/2001 3:55:23 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: John Robinson
John, I gave it a quick test, and my search on the word "worm" did not give a reply I just made with that word. This will only search the first post and not the replies?

I would like to see the results sorted in descending order so that the most current appear first. Since I have way to many senior moments, it is unlikely I will remember a phrase from months ago and even attempt to look for it. If I am going to look for a phrase, it would be in something recent.

This will be a super cool feature. I hope it doesn't cause the server to crash and burn.

18 posted on 12/07/2001 4:00:48 PM PST by LBGA
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To: John Robinson
Retrieval is wonderfully quick!!

A real pleasure to use. Thank you.

19 posted on 12/07/2001 4:01:51 PM PST by syriacus
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To: LBGA
Hey LBGA, good to see ya around! This feature is provided to avoid senior moments :)
20 posted on 12/07/2001 4:03:54 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: John Robinson
John I love it...it rules!
21 posted on 12/07/2001 4:05:39 PM PST by My Favorite Headache
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To: John Robinson
It found a post(article ) I wrote in early 98 very quickly. I have tried to find it before and had not been able to do so, till now. Thank you.
22 posted on 12/07/2001 4:05:54 PM PST by BADJOE
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To: John Robinson
I just wanna know if this thing is going to melt the server.

You could always put this on a different server, couldn't you? Or could you set limits on the bandwidth/computational power allowed for this function?

23 posted on 12/07/2001 4:13:13 PM PST by xm177e2
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http://www.freerepublic.com/perl/search?s=china+chinese+beijing+taiwan+russia+moskow+taipei&ok=Search&m=any&o=time

looks good! Great work getting relevance.

Now about 'author, source, date, by, from, to' searches?

24 posted on 12/07/2001 4:15:09 PM PST by flamefront
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To: John Robinson
Thank You for ALL you do.
25 posted on 12/07/2001 4:19:38 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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Very fast. I would suggest changing the second drop down to read a little different. Maybe "By date/time posted" instead of "By time posted".

Not being picky, just offering a thought.

Other than that, looks great!

26 posted on 12/07/2001 4:22:48 PM PST by mattdono
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To: John Robinson
Thanks again JimRob!
27 posted on 12/07/2001 4:23:47 PM PST by anymouse
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To: John Robinson
Quick!
28 posted on 12/07/2001 4:27:08 PM PST by conservatism_IS_compassion
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To: flamefront
Oh-oh, only complete literal complete names, no partial name matches and plurals have to be explicitly entered separately.
29 posted on 12/07/2001 4:29:34 PM PST by flamefront
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To: John Robinson
Hey, is this using MySQL's 'TEXT-QUERY' searches?

I'm just starting to get into that myself...so inquiring minds really want to know!!! *G*

30 posted on 12/07/2001 4:31:08 PM PST by The Duke
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I couldnt get the search by exact phrase to work. But then I don't know if the article is on the server.
31 posted on 12/07/2001 4:35:25 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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To: Senator Pardek
This search engine reaches WAAAAAAY back! Great new feature.
32 posted on 12/07/2001 4:37:11 PM PST by Inspector Harry Callahan
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To: amom; Alamo-Girl; Yellow Rose of Texas
Research help PING
33 posted on 12/07/2001 4:38:06 PM PST by 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub
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To: John Robinson; Texaggie79; Uncle Bill; Alamo-Girl; anniegetyourgun
Wow, that rocks. I got FAST returns on some.
34 posted on 12/07/2001 4:39:06 PM PST by RedBloodedAmerican
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I like the new features. What about integrating it into posting articles. If someone tries to post "I'm a Bad American" it could do a search, come up with the results and tell the poster to stop posting it. ;)
35 posted on 12/07/2001 4:46:27 PM PST by Brett66
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To: The Duke
I'm using MySQL FULLTEXT indexing.

select * from table where match(field) against ('query string')

Works pretty good on FR main! It was dog slow on my development machine, but then again, my development machine is dog slow.

I'm still using the MySQL 3.23 series. Once 4.0 proves itself on the streets, these searches will be able to utilize the much improved 4.0 feature set and should be quicker to boot.

36 posted on 12/07/2001 4:50:16 PM PST by John Robinson
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BUMP This is a wonderful Christmas present for FReepers :)I've been wanting this feature for sooooo long! Thanks Jim, I hope it works out because it's great.
37 posted on 12/07/2001 4:50:33 PM PST by Libertina
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Would it be possible to make it so that when we're replying to a post, we can see it instead of having to right click "open in new window" to be able to refer to the post we're talking about??

Might make for better replies.

38 posted on 12/07/2001 4:51:44 PM PST by jude24
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Hiya CG!!! I have been missing in action here lately, but this new feature looks good enough to help me past those "uuuhhhh" moments. ;-)
39 posted on 12/07/2001 4:54:29 PM PST by LBGA
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To: xm177e2
I tested it fully on my development machine, which contains an exact replica of Free Republic if only a few days stale. (And let me tell you how eerie it is late at night on the development machine with absolutely NO traffic. Spooky man!)

The real test is getting the code out on the live machine, with so many other tasks competing for resources, the most important being the database engine's attention.

40 posted on 12/07/2001 4:54:50 PM PST by John Robinson
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Very Very cool, John.

One of my favorite (self) posts:

FEDS HAVE TAPES!!!

41 posted on 12/07/2001 4:55:18 PM PST by IncPen
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To: jude24
New posting program should have that by the end of the year.
42 posted on 12/07/2001 4:56:27 PM PST by John Robinson
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To: John Robinson
bump for non-drunk research :-)
43 posted on 12/07/2001 4:59:58 PM PST by fnord
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To: LBGA
BTW, I am waiting here till the 35 year mark ;-) Take care, talk to you sometime soon!
44 posted on 12/07/2001 5:10:27 PM PST by Cool Guy
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To: xm177e2
add "order by author"

I agree. Many columnists are carried by a number of papers, and each paper appends a different headline. Causes duplicate posts.

45 posted on 12/07/2001 5:14:25 PM PST by jackbill
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Kewl!
Naturally, I started testing it by searching Free Republic for search free republic
So far, so good! Thanks, JohnRob. You da man!
46 posted on 12/07/2001 5:15:41 PM PST by RonDog
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To: John Robinson
You da man!!!
47 posted on 12/07/2001 5:29:10 PM PST by jude24
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To: John Robinson
Thank you, John Robinson, yet again for these cool features!

This search engine is better then the current one, which is quite erratic, at best. However, I haven't throughly tested the thing out, but I'm sure there are FReepers more capable at that sort of thing than me.

I also think that the new search format is more pleasing to the eye than the old format, but that might be just me.

The only improvement I can personally think of would be tossing the Breaking News sidebar onto the Search Results page just for consistency.

But, those are minor points. Great job!

48 posted on 12/07/2001 5:32:22 PM PST by clikker
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To: Senator Pardek
Before, I was trying to find this -
9.8: Mel Reynolds transcript (censored adult content...damn funny, though.) -
through Google, and I got nuttin'.
Actually, it depends on whether your Google search preferences are set to:
Use SafeSearch to filter my results
- or -
Do not filter my search results.
Using the later setting, see the last entry (untitled, for some reason) in site:www.freerepublic.com "mel reynolds" transcript.
Apparently, Google thinks that ANY reference to "Mel Reynolds" in an article makes it unfit for children.
It must be programmed by FReepers. ;o)

49 posted on 12/07/2001 5:33:47 PM PST by RonDog
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My god!

I've been looking for this thread for almost 4 years!

Thanks a million John.

50 posted on 12/07/2001 5:34:22 PM PST by Trailer Trash
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