I can't figure out how the search results are ordered! I would prefer to have them in "newest date first order", but can't figure out how to do it. Anyone else notice this?
I was going to make a screen shot of that... I'm guessing you're using the "classic" skin, right? The "next" (and subsquent pages of results) are in white text on a light colored background, and can't be seen.
If you "click and drag" to highlight, you can tell where they are:
XP SP3, IE 7.x
I got some clarification on the search results issues that we're seeing. They are tied to the current PHP-based Lucene search engine. While in reasonably wide use, its performance and limitations are making the results pretty challenging.
What you see is the first 1000 hits that the engine gets. These are not the most relevant or anything else... just the first 1000 that come back from the database query. Obviously, this isn't likely to get you the results you are seeking unless your search is precise enough that you get very few hits.
One of the next major updates will include a complete replacement of the search engine with the Java-based Lucene engine that's used on Wikipedia (as well as other sites). This will allow for the engine to gather all the results, then order them by relevance (like most recently posted and so on). A bit farther down the road, we'll also give you the ability to adjust the search in ways similar to the old "Advanced Search" using criteria such as who posted it and where.
I know I'm pointing to the future and that it doesn't help any right now, but hopefully you'll see where we're headed and it will help with the current challenges.
I find it odd that the search function is basically useless for a web site of this type. I don't post that often but spend quite a bit of time here and use(d) the search function a lot. Before rolling out the new version of Epicski, the search function should have been thoroughly tested. If I had a dime for every time a user wrote "use the search function" I'd be rich! I guess that phrase will no longer be a cliche'!
Thanks for the prompt response! I will look forward to it. I really do use the search function a lot!