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September 28, 2004 12:16 AM

Broken: search results

salonLewis Pennock writes:

It is very difficult to find old articles with the search function.

I am a premium subscriber, and pay for Salon's excellent content, but when I try and find an article that is just a few days old, I always run into problems. One of the biggest reasons for this is that the search results page shows the same date for every result.

See attached - a recent search query. All the articles have the date August 12, 2004, even though the articles were published in January 2001, February 2001, August 2002, and April 2003.


Hi there. Thanks for letting us know of this inconvenience.

I'm glad to hear that Mr. Pennock loves our content. We in the production department are all too well aware of the shortcomings of the current Salon search tool. (I hope Mr. Pennock has noticed some improvement over the past year - it used to be much worse.) We're reviewing other tools and site search options - feel free to suggest tools and partners that work well for you, if you run a site with lots of archives.

Also, if you're looking for articles from the past few days, you might find our Archives By Date useful:

Posted by: Sumana at September 28, 2004 12:51 PM

The article date and some category info are embedded in the URLs of the search results, which is somewhat helpful.

Posted by: Bob Sifniades at September 28, 2004 04:19 PM

Heh, this is one of the first times a complaint has actually been acknowledged, so I guess this site IS more then a bunch of computer programmers bored at work complaning and argueing over whether Windows, Unix, or OS is best.

Posted by: never mind that at September 28, 2004 06:00 PM

re: never mind that

Well, it could just mean that the programmers are also bored at work. ;)

Posted by: anitsirK at September 28, 2004 08:09 PM

Mr. Pennock has indeed noticed some improvement over the past year (this was submitted some time ago), thank you, and he also uses the archive by date feature now as well, finding it quite helpful, but as far as why he has suddenly begun referring to himself in the third person in this comment, well, he has no idea.


Posted by: lewis pennock at September 29, 2004 04:03 PM

re: never mind that and anitsirK:

Mr. Hurst was kind enough to email Sumana a link to this post, probably because she'd personally responded to the previous ThisIsBroken complaint about Salon.

She also sometimes reads ThisIsBroken on her own.

Mr. Pennock: Now she's caught it!

Posted by: Sumana at September 29, 2004 05:42 PM

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