Search improvements

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  1. We should be able to search only the newpapers that have been added most recently

    It would be great if there was a way to search only the newspapers that have been added in the last 30 / 60 / 90 days so it's easier to find new stories.

    127 votes
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      5 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
    • Improve Optical Character Recognition

      The existing OCR is poor. Many words are garbled, rendering search results meaningless

      77 votes
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        8 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
      • Zooming and scrolling

        Please fix the zoom and scroll features! There will be many cancellations of subscriptions! As it stands now, there is no point in looking at a newspaper page if we can't zoom and move around!

        66 votes
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          13 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
        • BETTER SEARCHES (accuracy, control & operators)

          Have an advanced search like Google Advanced. When searching for 'all these words' that should mean that all of those words are in the article not just one of them.
          Thanks

          60 votes
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            Open - Under review  ·  11 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • A preview for the search results without having to go into the full page

            It would be much better if you could hover over an entry after a search and have a small preview pop up showing the context of the match to your search criteria. This would be highly effective in reducing the number of "red herring" matches that you often have to go through.

            53 votes
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              Open - Under review  ·  1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Exact search

              Exact search needs to actually be exact and not include variants of the searched words. For example when I search for "Downing" I don't want results for "down" and "downs" too. Case sensitivity would also be useful.

              48 votes
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                2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • Mark search results I have already viewed so it is more obvious

                Allow a facility for the system to "remember" which pages I have previously looked at. By ticking that page, or some other marking.

                48 votes
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                  4 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                • make bookmarked pages visible in results lists

                  It would be VERY helpful if previously bookmarked
                  entries were flagged up in search results (tags are already shown).

                  At the moment there is no easy way of doing multiple overlapping searches and accumulating a "superset" of all the items you found, or telling if a new search has simply found an entry that a previous search had already found.

                  44 votes
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                    Pending - For future development  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                  • Some way of searching for two words NEAR each other rather than just both appearing or a phrase

                    Some search systems have commands like NEAR4 to find two words with four words of each other.

                    All too often a search for two words finds then in completely different parts of the page.

                    41 votes
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                    • Go back to same place on results page when an article has been reviewed

                      when weve viewed an article and return to results page pls can you go back to the last position we were on in the page so we dont have to keep scrolling down all the time esp as some results are very similar

                      32 votes
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                        2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                      • Wildcards

                        I would love to be able to use wildcards. It's so difficult to guess what the mangled version of a name would be.

                        32 votes
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                          4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                        • Reward Manual Corrections to OCR-generated flaws

                          There is little incentive to repair obvious flaws in OCR-generated plaintext other than the satisfaction of having done so. Awarding concessionary access to those willing to contribute such exacting labours would improve the accumulated corpus for everyone and render more accurate the search function -- which depends exclusively upon the plaintext version.

                          32 votes
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                            4 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                          • Email me when you add new articles that match what I've searched for

                            Like Genes Reunited's Hot Matches. I want to be told when you add something useful for me, so I don't have to try to find it myself.

                            29 votes
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                              2 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • why can't we now move around the selected page anymore - it just either zooms in or out. REALLY useless and time consuming now.

                              why can't we navigate around a selected newspaper page anymore? Appears we can only zoom in or out which is practically useless.

                              29 votes
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                                2 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                              • 25 votes
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                                  3 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Wildcard Search

                                  We need a better search facility - the current transcriptions are often horrifically off the mark. It might even help to have a wildcard option to try and incorporate all the random letters supposedly appearing in the middle of names.

                                  24 votes
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                                  • Downloaded PDFs searchable

                                    The OCR - warts and all! - enables pages to be found - but when the PDF is downloaded it is just an image with no underlying OCR layer. Can the OCR not be included in the PDF?

                                    23 votes
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                                    • Identifying and downloading/printing an article

                                      When will we get the promised facility to download one article instead of the whole page? The Times digital archive has offered this for a long time. Screenshot is delicate and long winded as each part of a long article has to be captured separately.

                                      22 votes
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                                      • Bookmarks are placed in Folders, but you can't go to a particular folder and search

                                        You can place bookmarks into 'Folders', but you can't actually search these folders individually. A page showcasing your various folders would be handy.

                                        21 votes
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                                          3 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                        • When doing a serach, show next to each article found whether it has already been viewed, like FindMy Past does, so any newly added entried c

                                          When doing a search, show next to each article found whether it has already been viewed, like FindMyPast does, so any newly added articles can easily be identified.

                                          20 votes
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