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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