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Socoder -> Off Topic -> Hunting For Posts

Posted : Monday, 03 June 2019, 03:35
spinal
Don't you hate it when a few years ago, you had a nice random maze thing with huge tiles, scrolling with randomly moving enemies. You're sure you posted about it here, but can't figure out how to find it again?

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Posted : Monday, 03 June 2019, 03:35
Jayenkai
I think I remember the post.
A light'ish tilemap with dark gridlines? Is that right?..?
IIRC, Rockford was the first to respond to it, but .. that's as much as I'm getting!!

Filtering without keywords is tricky!
.. any thoughts on a better way to add search to the site are appreciated.

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Posted : Monday, 03 June 2019, 04:29
spinal
I think I fount it in my 'folder-o-crap' that sometimes passes as a backup. I'd probably be better starting from scratch anyway, the code is a mess.

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Posted : Saturday, 08 June 2019, 03:34
rychan
Hullo all! Back from the holibobs now.

I'm not sure how you'd implement a search without keywords / filters. Aside from possibly using a dictionary of commonly mispelt words then usng a function to determine alternate matches perhaps? There's two functions in PHP which are handy for spell checking which might be handy for this which I use at work for when people mis-spell from a list of common typos. Epson, Canon, etc. I believe the functions are called metaphone and soundex.

Perhaps a date range over a single date might be handy also? You might find the date input type will help out here.

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Posted : Saturday, 08 June 2019, 04:28
Jayenkai
You already CAN add dates to the Forum search! Woot!!
Pagination's currently broke, though... but I'm considering that a minor issue until I can figure out the rest of it.

The problem in this case is not knowing the date range to begin with.

I'm thinking of maybe adding "Includes Media" which will search for posts with [url], [img], [mp3] and [youtube] tags. And maybe an Includes Code, too.
Those might help.

A long long time ago, DD suggested adding Tags, and although I started to implement tags, I eventually realised that tags are mostly worthless if you don't add the tags to the post in the first place. in addition, most tags will just be repetitions of things you've already written within the actual post, and those are already being searched, anyway..
Like, you wouldn't write "My new game is coming along nicely" and then tag it with "platform".. You'd write "My new platform game is coming along nicely".
So.. um..
Yeah.. I don't think tags would really be all that useful.

Plus you'd have to go back and add tags to over a decade's worth of posts, and no-one's gonna do that!

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Posted : Saturday, 08 June 2019, 05:16
rychan
Yeah, tags wouldn't be helpful for searching and would also be a pain to include. It's not like a youtube video, etc, etc.

Didn't notice it was possible to search by date range up there, looked like it was just a fixed day. I must've missed something though.

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Posted : Saturday, 08 June 2019, 05:19
Jayenkai
I copy+pasted the date search from AGameAWeek, as it "seems" fairly capable!!
You can do ranges like "11th March 2012 to 16th March 2012" and it'll pick up posts quite well.

But.. Again.. That's only really useful if you know the rough date of the post.
In this case.. Not so much!

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Posted : Saturday, 08 June 2019, 05:23
rychan
Ahhh, I must've put it in the wrong format perhaps then, that would make sense

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