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Re: [SWISH-E:292] Re: Swish comments

From: Frank Heasley <DrHeasley(at)not-real.chemistry.com>
Date: Sat May 09 1998 - 00:40:14 GMT
At 05:27 PM 5/8/98 -0700, Paul Lucas wrote:
>
>	Perhaps, but the fact remains that there's nothing you can do
>	about it: if a word is ignored, it's ignored.  Period.  There
>	does not exist another query that you could enter that would
>	not have the word ignored.
>
>	- Paul

I disagree.

If you know that a term has been ignored, you can compensate for it by
selecting another word that will be less likeley to be ignored.

If you don't know that the word has been ignored, you simply go on about
your business, assuming that the item you're looking for isn't in the
database.  Your user will go away unsatisfied, and you will lose a customer
and perhaps a sale.

This attitude toward to search engine development is unacceptable.  It's a
defect needs to be fixed.

As a band-aid, it may be possible to program around this defect by
pre-parsing the search query and warning the user that his/her terms are
being ignored.

Frank
Received on Fri May 8 17:43:48 1998