Search Improvements

Hi, all! We’ve just rolled out some major upgrades to our search engine.

Better results

Our priority lately has been improving the relevance of search results and
making it easier for you to find what you’re looking for. Like the Explore
page
, the new search allows you to refine your results by genre, style, and so
on, and the improved highlighting helps you determine why a result is matching
your query.

Spelling suggestions have returned to the search page: a search for “autecher”,
for example, suggests the more-likely term “autechre”. It can be a little
overzealous (in one case suggesting “band of candy” instead of “boards of
canada”) but we’ll continue to adjust it as we get feedback.

More powerful queries

We’ve also supercharged the search box with some powerful new operators.

Field search has been around for a while, but now there are convenient aliases
for finding releases by a given artist or on a particular label:

You can now exclude results by field:

And/or use boolean search operators:

If you’re stuck on a crossword puzzle or you can’t quite remember the name of
that track, you can use wildcards and fuzzy search:

Want to see someone’s submissions organized by genre and style? Use the new
“contributor” or “submitter” fields
with the sidebar filters:

Extra goodies

As a bonus, “sort by condition” in the Marketplace now orders results the way
you’d expect — Mint, Near Mint, VG+, and so on — rather than alphabetically.

API users will notice that the Search endpoint now behaves more like the
website’s search, and supports all of the same search fields and operators.

Thanks

Finally, a big thank you to everyone who reported bugs and oddities in the old
search engine. We’ve fixed a lot of them in this update,
and we couldn’t have done it without you.

We hope you enjoy the new search!


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32 Comments
  • Oct 26,2012 at 10:33

    This search engine absolutely blows. What a disaster. It’s not worth the trouble on this site anymore.

  • Oct 24,2012 at 07:37

    when I search by cat# i have been getting poor results. For instance, a cat# is ed-7158… if I search (ed-7158) i don’t get any positive results… if I search for (ed7158) then the release might show up. So basically, when i search using a dash (-) the results point elsewhere or the search only looks for what is typed after the dash… make sense?

  • Oct 20,2012 at 04:35

    If i try to search “Kids on the streets – keep on turning motorcitysoul” the search system doesn’t give me back the compilation “Motorcitysoul ‎– Motorcitysouled – Selected Remixes 2004-2010” which includes the track. On the old site was possible!!!

  • Oct 14,2012 at 16:43

    any chance the search operators introduced on this blog post can be added to this section of the guidelines –> http://www.discogs.com/help/browsing-and-searching.html

    thanks.

  • Oct 9,2012 at 16:10

    search does not even find homonymous artists anymore like Mayhem (7). I like the “auto-complete” search results when you search for a release title but for straight artist search it has definitely become worse.

  • Oct 9,2012 at 09:49

    I can no longer search by partial artist / title / cat#.

    For example: frequency phantasy 013

    Nothing!

    This was the quickest way to get to exact titles. Now I have to revert to searching on the physical item for more information (track titles etc).

    This is much more time consuming than simply reading the spine!

  • Oct 8,2012 at 14:22

    Again I have had comments from 2 regular customers who have said they would look elsewhere to buy as they can no longer easily find what they are looking for, They ignore Mint records (as they think they are usually misgraded).

  • Oct 7,2012 at 11:39

    An improve means to make something better. Just you did not reach that goal as it might look better but the functionality is gone. I rather drive a 300 horsepower Ford than a something that looks like a Porsche but only has a a stripped down 0.5l engine. That’s what you did. Either equip that car a decent engine or give us back the old but powerful vehicle.

  • Oct 6,2012 at 10:19

    Please return to the other search engine.This is a nightmare. Half the time it can’t tell the difference between a 7″ single or any other piece of vinyl.Get it sorted if possible .Thanks

  • Oct 6,2012 at 07:21

    I hate this new search engine. It used to bring up the artists first, and kept them separate, not mix them up with releases and labels. Even clicking on the artists link doesn’t help much. I’ve had to enter song titles to find some artists. This was never a problem before. The autocomplete cuts off, and leaves you searching for partial terms. If you make a typo and correct it, forget it, it’ll still search for the typo.
    The search engine used to work well. Now, it’s a disaster.
    If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

  • Oct 4,2012 at 14:19

    no good…
    on the right it’s not esy to choose for filters, and go up and down and again again again

    I prefered old version

  • Oct 3,2012 at 18:26

    Let’s search for Caribou – Sun, the search returns all releases for Elton John – Caribou because there is a track on it with the word Sun.
    The algorithm should should have returned the release Sun for Caribou first.
    Please test the new functionality first and put back the old one!

  • Oct 3,2012 at 18:04

    Can’t see what is in my collection :-(
    Too much info on the page
    Would like to be able to see old view (setting)

  • Oct 3,2012 at 08:30

    hey guys!! you removed something really important there!!!! the add to collection/add to wantlist at the end of each releases in the result list

    now we cant see if the release is already in our collection like before!!! thats make the sorting and browsing very difficult for user who search for new stuff and unknown stuff in a specific genre, i used this feature like almost everyday!! since years,, and now its gone……. im very very sad!

  • Oct 2,2012 at 21:10

    The new search is horrible. You guys should have left it alone. If it aint broke dont fix it! I cant even search for tracks inside compilations anymore. Epic failure.

  • Oct 2,2012 at 17:15

    Swedish letters doesn’t work either, otherwise it looks good, but this really needs to be fixed…

  • Oct 2,2012 at 11:58

    Discogs Tagger 3.3 for Mediamonkey doesn’t work anymore since yesterday evening…

  • Oct 2,2012 at 11:19

    I’m very accustomed to old look. Are there any setting (may be in user settings) to turn it back for me? :)

  • Oct 2,2012 at 10:37

    Now It doesn’t work (at all) with greek letters!!! 100% failure

  • Oct 2,2012 at 08:25

    Where has the Sales History gone?

  • Oct 2,2012 at 08:25

    YES!!! THANK YOU!!! BEEN WANTING IT FOR YEARS!!!

  • Oct 2,2012 at 08:01

    Is the Preview listing page gone for good or just malfunctioning?

  • msr
    Oct 2,2012 at 08:00

    new Search doesn’t work when catalog number is entered as the search term. 0 results in database, only For Sale entries appear.
    please enable catalog number search again
    Ken

  • Oct 2,2012 at 03:44

    better results? wtf, guys, the results are so much worse, it’s unbelievable.

    most of my searches of the form

    (part of) artist name (part of) track name

    now get zero hits.

  • Oct 2,2012 at 03:17

    Search doesn’t work. If you want to search a release in the database by entering a cat# the search results are 0

  • md
    Oct 2,2012 at 01:27

    trying to sort on Condition in the “Items for sale in my wantlist” interface just results in a zero results page.

    Also I see a “filter by ships from” option here: http://www.discogs.com/sell/list?master_id=24306&sort=condition%2Cdesc but that option doesn’t seem to be available in most other Marketplace views. Any reason?

  • Oct 2,2012 at 01:03

    Looks good and works very well :-) – hopefully some refined search options will be included on the mobile version as well. I still miss the opportunity to search within my collection, when at the store. I’m tired of accidentally buying the same item LOL

  • Oct 2,2012 at 00:35

    hurray!

  • Oct 1,2012 at 23:31

    Thanks for the improvement.

    Pookeyblow is right, don’t forget little but important details like that, please. A price average in the marketplace of each item would be in collection nice as well.

    Cheers

  • Oct 1,2012 at 23:10

    When will we be able to sort by “added” in our collection? I think that is most important feature missing.

  • Oct 1,2012 at 23:08

    Works well! Many thanks..

  • Oct 1,2012 at 22:51

    thanks!

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