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New search engine
Posted by Magnus on 21 March 2004, 12:28 GMT

Our new search engine, announced back when we migrated to the new server, is now finally up. This means you are no longer sent over to Google for all web searches on our site. It also means that you can once again specify which areas of the site you want to search (using Custom search).

For the technically interested, this search engine is based on the tsearch2 package from postgresql, which provides full text indexing with relevance ranking. Since it's included in the database, it integrates very efficiently with the other database parts of our site.

Now that you're done reading this, go rate some files! (1314 votes on 896 programs so far - get to work!)

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ah! 1st comment :P
Rui Figueiredo  Account Info

Nice to see the search engine is back, I was tired of being sent to google everytime.

Keep up the good work!

Reply to this comment    21 March 2004, 12:49 GMT

ah! not 1st comment :P
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yes! The search engine is working! Good job!

And yes, we need to get some more file ratings in :)

Reply to this comment    21 March 2004, 17:45 GMT


Re: ah! 1st comment :P
KermMartian Account Info
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Wow, did some random seraches - that brings back memories! Remember the fr00ds - "ac",KermMartiain, no_one_2002_', and the rest? How 'bout the DoorsXP flame wars? lol.

Reply to this comment    21 March 2004, 22:42 GMT

Re: Re: ah! 1st comment :P
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Oh yeah! I remember that! The fr00ds were quite a memory, indeed. Heh, anybody remember that I figured out the password to some of their accounts and changed it? Ahh... good times :) We never found out who was doing that, did we?

Reply to this comment    22 March 2004, 22:32 GMT


Re: Re: Re: ah! 1st comment :P
jrock7286  Account Info
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Yeah, I remember that! It was back before I was really involved in TICalc...I don't think I even had a name registered back then...

Reply to this comment    23 March 2004, 16:12 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: ah! 1st comment :P
no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Well, judging from your ID number, I think your account was created slightly before or around all the fr00d stuff. :)

Reply to this comment    23 March 2004, 22:31 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ah! 1st comment :P
jrock7286  Account Info
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Maybe just before, but I wasn't really involved...I don't remember it that well, but I DO remember being really confused when the "no_one guy replied to himself" because I wasn't really that attentive to the numbers... ;)

Reply to this comment    23 March 2004, 23:02 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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LOL- yeah... I was the first one to be "fr00ded" too, I think. I tried to search for his s/n (_no_one_2000_` or something like that), but the search engine doesn't take weird characters.

Reply to this comment    23 March 2004, 23:09 GMT


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W Hibdon  Account Info
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Excuse me, but what would "fr00ds" be? I am afraid that I haven't the shightest idea what you all are talking about. (I am a youngster ID#37246)

-W-

Reply to this comment    25 March 2004, 00:56 GMT

Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: ah! 1st comment :P
jrock7286  Account Info
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People who made names that were very similar to other names to try to pretend they were them. Example: Jrock7286 and Jrock7286_

Reply to this comment    25 March 2004, 04:58 GMT

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KermMartian Account Info
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"fr00d" = "fraud"

Reply to this comment    25 March 2004, 15:53 GMT


Douglas Adams
Sam3.14 Account Info

Douglas Adams defines frood as "really amizingly together guy" (in A Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy)

Reply to this comment    25 March 2004, 21:14 GMT


Re: Re: ah! 1st comment :P
Lewk  Account Info

Good old Lord_Nightrose

Reply to this comment    31 March 2004, 01:21 GMT

w00t! second comment
Memwaster  Account Info

Does this mean the mailing list archives are back online?

Reply to this comment    21 March 2004, 13:36 GMT


Re: w00t! second comment
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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No, unfortunatly it does not.

Reply to this comment    21 March 2004, 13:41 GMT


Re: Re: w00t! second comment
KermMartian Account Info
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Got a projected release date for the rating stats yet?

Reply to this comment    21 March 2004, 23:48 GMT


Re: Re: Re: w00t! second comment
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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Nothing firm, but if you can pick up some 1500-2000 new ratings, I'll increase the priority :-)

Reply to this comment    22 March 2004, 19:18 GMT

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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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I don't know if I've even downloaded 1500-2000 programs... but I'd say 500 might be a good guess.

Reply to this comment    22 March 2004, 22:33 GMT


Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: w00t! second comment
Magnus Hagander  Account Info
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I didn't meen 1500 *per person*, though that would be cool (if it was till valid ratings) :-)

Reply to this comment    25 March 2004, 19:51 GMT


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jrock7286  Account Info
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To tell you the truth, I'd say that if you implemented the ratings, the priority of rating files would be higher, because we would see the result of our "labor." Funny how that works: If we rate more, you'll implement, and if you implement, we'll rate more...oooh the irony of it all...

Reply to this comment    23 March 2004, 16:14 GMT

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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Good point. I agree. :)

Reply to this comment    23 March 2004, 22:43 GMT


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Sam3.14 Account Info

But an average rating will be meaningless until there are lots of ratings for the file. I think that the average rating should only show up for a particular file when the file has at least five votes. It should also tell how many people rated the file.

Reply to this comment    24 March 2004, 18:33 GMT


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no_one_2000_  Account Info
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Yes, showing the number of votes would be nice :)

Reply to this comment    24 March 2004, 22:20 GMT


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chemoautotroph Account Info
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Absolutely. Say only one person rates "Vector Space" and thought it sucked, so gives it a 2. Every one else who downloaded it thought it was awesome, but never rated the file. Therefore the rating stays at 2. If the number of votes is listed, it results in a more accurate statistic.

Example:

100% of dentists prefer Aquafresh to Crest in a private survey*

* Survey based upon population of 2 dentists who may or may not have a degree in destistry.

Reply to this comment    25 March 2004, 18:27 GMT

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