I have been reading a lot here lately and see that ‘post’ and ‘reply’ seem to be used somewhat interchangeably.
If this were done, it would result in fewer bothersome questions when someone uses the wrong one of the two for their searching before they ask a question with a new topic (LOL it just happened to me, ‘delete post after’ did not produce the same results as ‘delete reply after’…)
But you are obviously ‘in the know’ and would likely just use an explicit search term without bothering people here with a new topic about why so many search results for ‘post’ are showing up in your ‘reply’ searches.
Actually, I do general searches and then follow relevant links that have some overlap with what I’m searching for.
Search engines have an idea of which links are followed. Discourse has something similar. “Suggested messages” at the end of the topic are a fruitful source of relevant topics not directly related to the specific search terms.
We’ve made an update to our terminology (User is now “Member”) and we’ve updated our documentation accordingly, but I’d like to be able to have anyone who searches for User to automatically see the results mentioning “Member”. Any thoughts on an easy method to accomplish this?
I think the hope is to have the ability to impact the search algorithm indirectly through a tool like tag synonyms. But for any keywords within a post (or the original post, at least).
An example of a use case would be for community members/site visitors who search for their colloquial phrases rather than similar brand jargon. The search algorithm prioritized very different topics. An example on our site would be searching for “desktop app” versus “native client” topics.
Curious whether viewpoints on typos have changed over the years:
Our general strategy here is to iterate. We already have “watched words” in the product, I would not mind a feature that adds “Search Synonyms” where you specify common typos and common phrases you wish to “stuff”. It is not scheduled work but certainly something you could look at sponsoring.
The other area I am open to exploring (I am only lukewarm though on this) is allowing for a hidden “metadata” place on posts, where admins can stuff search terms. It is very very invisible and generally I recommend just “properly” stuffing the works so stuff is not hidden eg: