fyi- "Similar Thread" search results system has been enabled

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  1. Sean

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    Hi All,

    As discussed here: (there was a url link here which no longer exists)

    I have implemented this system. It should help cut down on certain topics that are repeatedly posted. It is visible in two areas:

    1) When creating a new thread, if keywords in the title are a hit you will get results (most recent 5 results) here is an example:

    Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 2.01.48 PM.png


    2) The similar threads will also be listed under the quick reply box on the thread page as seen here:


    Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 2.03.49 PM.png

    A couple of things to be aware of. This is based on title only, not thread content. That's not a perfect solution but it does seem to pick up a decent amount of material. This is based on forum only, so when creating a new thread in the Darkroom forum it looks up similar threads in that forum only. The results are limited to the 5 most recent (if you think this should be increased I am open to suggestions). Lastly, if no keywords are found then no results appear.

    If you run into any problems let me know. Thanks!

    Sean
     
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    I like both features!
     
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    It probably needs some tuning.
    See attached.
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    These results wouldn't help the newcomer that annoys a small handful of members :wink:
     
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    It's a mixed bag, some things will get a hit and some will not. For example 3rd one down:

    Screen Shot 2017-04-02 at 11.43.03 PM.png

    Until we get some sophisticated A.I. it's likely the best we can do.
     
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    I think it's going to be helpful. Thanks Sean.

    Ian
     
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    I really like the "Similar Threads" shown at the bottom. Nice to browse through related items.
     
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    I too like the results.
    We need to hear though from someone with less familiarity with the site.
    And it does accentuate the importance of having threads in the right sub-forum.
     
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    Great idea and implementation.
     
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    It will help remind the newcomer (or anyone) of the fact that there is much more information available on this site (15 years worth!) than what is being posted now.
     
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    @Sean -

    I find the results a little strange. As an example, when I perform a search within the Darkroom Equipment sub-forum for the terms "how to clean lens fungus" with "search this forum only", I get "no results found". If I then decide to start a thread using the failed search terms as the title, it returns five suggested threads. Seems like they ought to be the same.
     
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    Bravo! These secondary searches are bever perfect (and sometimes not even correct) but the have lead me down useful paths I otherwise would not have explored.
     
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    It does appear that way. From what I can tell "how to clean lens fungus" returns no results in that forum, but the similar threads defaults to whatever words it can find. I'll investigate..
     
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    Sean, I'm loving this feature, it works great for me, I love that it also works for you when you begin to post a NEW post with info on older similar posts, I think this will also cut down on the overflow of repeated questions. Great job!
     
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