Search improvements

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  1. 25 votes
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      3 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 →
      • 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 →
        • semantic search which recognises surnames, places etc

          The use of "" does not filter to surname only i.e. Brakes search comes up with all references to brakes.

          11 votes
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            0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
          • Allow restricting search to particular days of the week

            Restrict search to days of the week eg Monday so it would return Saturday football results.

            4 votes
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              Open - Under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Search  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
            • Filter by more than one region

              Filter results by more than one region. Events in the Southeast are likely to be in Southeast or London Papers

              12 votes
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                1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
              • 3 votes
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                • 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 →
                  • 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 →
                    • 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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                      • 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 →
                        • 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 →
                          • 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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                              1 comment  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                            • Improve date entry

                              Other newspaper archives have a better date entry system where you can type in the year and day and month default to 'Any Month' etc .

                              One feature that would need some programming work but would be very useful is if I enter the start date as 1850 then then the end date drop down list started at 1850. I might alternative be better if the drop down list worked opposite ways around i.e. start date at the earliest date available and end date started at the latest date available.

                              11 votes
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                              • Remember my 'Sort results by' choice

                                I would like 'Sort results by' to be 'sticky'. I nearly always select 'Date (earliest)' but have to keep resetting after it goes back to 'Relevance'

                                Why is this text entry box only postage stamp size?

                                13 votes
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                                  Open - Under review  ·  0 comments  ·  Flag idea as inappropriate…  ·  Admin →
                                • Allow users to search by title from main search box

                                  Sometimes I search for a newspaper title in the search box like Dundee Courier. You should automatically pick up on this and forward me to the Dundee Courier browsing area instead of showing me instances when the name appears in a newspaper. That would be more useful

                                  1 vote
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                                  • 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 →
                                    • 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 →
                                      • 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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