Updates to Search Engine

Greets, we’ve been making a few changes to the search engine over the past week and have just turned on a few more. Here is a summary of all of the changes:

  • Advanced Search – this form will allow you to search for releases with fields for specific criteria

  • Results summary + drill down by type – when you do an “all” search you’ll get a summary of what the results contain: the number of Releases, Artists, and Labels. Then you can click that to narrow the search to just that type.

  • Release search results have Format and Year listed below the title (this will soon have Catalog# and Label as well)

  • You can now sort search results by relevance, title, format, and year. (this will soon have Catalog#, and Label as well). This is available when your search results contain releases only.

  • Spelling corrections of artist and label names. If you search for an artist or label name that might be misspelled, Discogs will try to find the correct one and display “Did you mean? __” at the top of the results.

  • Auto-complete in the search field. As you start typing an artist or label name results will be displayed in a dropdown below the search box. We plan on putting auto-complete in other places in the future, such as on the release submission form.

We also have a new programmer working on Discogs full time, Eric Lewandowski (yes, he’s my brother). Eric has been getting up to speed for the past two months and he’s responsible for all of these search enhancements. With a second programmer we’ll now be making more updates and faster progress with them in 2009!


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38 Comments
  • Jan 18,2009 at 13:57

    ahhh thanks for that simple search. I’ll give it a go.
    :)

  • nik
    Jan 16,2009 at 03:53

    Artists that begin with “The” don’t bring up expected search results because of our “Artist, The” rule: http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=the+beatles&btn=Search – the search should swap the “The” around and bring up results for that as well http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=beatles%2C+the+&btn=Search

  • Jan 15,2009 at 00:40

    I guess somebody has to create Greasemonkey script to disable this feature.

  • Jan 14,2009 at 04:48

    same as [u= jivemofo] and [u=jivemofo] The auto complete is slowing me doon.

  • nik
    Jan 14,2009 at 03:59

    [quote=maxxyme]”Error: Page does not exist.”[/quote]

    Doh! Thank you, I have enabled it now.

  • Jan 14,2009 at 02:38

    [quote=nik] […] I have made a simple search page at http://www.discogs.com/help/simple-search.html […][/quote]
    “Error: Page does not exist.”

  • nik
    Jan 12,2009 at 05:18

    [quote=eskolaah]Is there going to be an option on removing auto-complete from search box? It’s quite annoying and personally slowing me down when i can’t use Firefox own history. I want an option in settings to disable this feature which doesn’t really help me.[/quote]

    [quote=jivemofo]same here. I need to do a lot of quick searches of a lot of things I’ve searched before. now I have to go back and get more info to narrow the search down…big PITA.

    it’s a great feature for normal use…but personally (as a seller) it’s slowing me waaaay down when I can’t see the firefox history.[/quote]

    I am not sure if this is going to be made an option or not, but for the meantime, I have made a simple search page at http://www.discogs.com/help/simple-search.html which also retains the browsers auto-complete function. You can also make a HTML page on your local machine with that HTML form, and that will retain the browsers auto-complete function, and there would be the possibility of customizing it further to your own requirements as well.

  • Jan 11,2009 at 12:23

    [quote=eskolaah]Is there going to be an option on removing auto-complete from search box? It’s quite annoying and personally slowing me down when i can’t use Firefox own history. I want an option in settings to disable this feature which doesn’t really help me.[/quote]

    same here. I need to do a lot of quick searches of a lot of things I’ve searched before. now I have to go back and get more info to narrow the search down…big PITA.

    it’s a great feature for normal use…but personally (as a seller) it’s slowing me waaaay down when I can’t see the firefox history.

  • Jan 11,2009 at 08:40

    Nice, i like it. I have always thought that the search function on Discogs wasnt the best. This seems to be much better. Thanks Teo and welcome Eric.

  • Jan 11,2009 at 04:51

    [quote=eskolaah]Is there going to be an option on removing auto-complete from search box? It’s quite annoying and personally slowing me down when i can’t use Firefox own history. I want an option in settings to disable this feature which doesn’t really help me.[/quote]

    seconded. and if I type, say, John Smith, and I get a list of suggestions still in the search box, and I select John Smith (9), I want to be taken to the page for John Smith (9), not to the search results for John Smith and then have to select (9) again.

    edit: typo

  • Jan 11,2009 at 04:34

    Awesome additions!11

    I am really happy with the spelling/did you mean function. I am the worlds worst speller, and now it dosent matter anymore

  • Jan 11,2009 at 00:18

    Is there going to be an option on removing auto-complete from search box? It’s quite annoying and personally slowing me down when i can’t use Firefox own history. I want an option in settings to disable this feature which doesn’t really help me.

  • Jan 9,2009 at 00:54

    Great news on the bro joining :-)

    But one thing; PLEASE can we have the results listed in order.
    Eg. an open search for [url=http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=smith]Smith[/url].

    – the plain “Smith” results (ie. Smith, Smith (2) etc.) need to be listed from 1 THEN 2, not 1 then 10.
    – the ANV’s are still not appearing as the first name in PAN alphatetical order.
    – the Artist, Label, Release results the same => alphatetical needed.

    This would make finding artists when doing ANV’s so much easier, so would be greatly appreciated.

    …looking forward to MR and even more importantly, all the Disbugs “Bugs” finally getting fixed and “Feature Requests” getting dealt with quicker too (so many good ideas on there that really need to happen sooner rather than later/never) ;-)

  • Jan 8,2009 at 14:26

    i was searching for “life moves pretty fast” by stakka and got this suggested:

    “Pretty Girls Make Graves”

    love this stuff! :D

  • md
    Jan 8,2009 at 03:21

    [quote=Drama_Ft._Justified]I typed “everyonesucks”

    Did you mean? Kill Everyone

    Totally awesome response![/quote]
    hahaha

  • Jan 8,2009 at 01:21

    Excellent.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 15:53

    Excellent work, thanks Kevin and Eric!

  • Jan 7,2009 at 15:31

    [quote=teo]With a second programmer we’ll now be making more updates and faster progress with them in 2009! [/quote]
    including that master release function we’ve been hearing about for sooo many years?

  • Jan 7,2009 at 11:36

    Even I felt compelled to say Thank You.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 11:24

    I just noticed that you can put anything in between [u]discogs.com/[/u] and [u]/release/123[/u] and [url=http://www.discogs.com/Artist-Title/release/123]the link still works[/url]. Weird.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 11:07

    Very nice, especially the year options.

    With the simple search, could those automatically found results be direct links, along with the option to search? If you search for Mute Records, Mute Records Ltd comes up, but you still have to perform the search to get a link to the label page.

    Also, the search results are still populated with non-existent results. The Mute Records result turns up the now-dead Mute Records page as result #1.

    Additional: how is Mute Records (2) an exact match and Mute Records Ltd. is not, when Mute Records was the search phrase?

  • Jan 7,2009 at 10:03

    [quote=mayday]Great to hear you’ve finally got another programmer on board! [/quote]
    This is at least the greatest news ever for 2 or 3 years… :-)

  • Jan 7,2009 at 09:53

    Great to hear you’ve finally got another programmer on board!

    ;)

  • Jan 7,2009 at 08:45

    I do like this feature, it works pretty well for misspellings from what I see. Though you can have a lot of fun with it.

    I typed “everyonesucks”

    Did you mean? Kill Everyone

    Totally awesome response! :D

  • Jan 7,2009 at 08:35

    Great chuckles could be had with this. I typed “The Release I Have Is”

    Did you mean? The Releasing Eskimo

    :D

  • Jan 7,2009 at 08:13

    I searched “Season’s Best From Your Chevrolet Dealer” and got “Did you mean? Hans Bund Und Sein Bravour-Tanz-Orchester”.

    Don’t get me wrong; not complaining, just, still chuckling. It took me no less than 5 minutes to finish laughing after such a crappy morning.
    I guess that’s better than before, when I wouldn’t have received any results and would have had no bright spot to my morning.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 04:49

    [quote=marcelrecords]We could use a country field there too…[/quote]

    There is a country field there.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 03:53

    [quote=hmvh]Bug: The existing search box seems to have suffered in the process:
    Querying for a “label” (via the drop-down) gives you all items with the queried name: http://www.discogs.com/search?type=la…btn=Search , including artists.[/quote]
    [u=hmvh] Bugs to http://www.discogs.com/disbugs

  • Jan 7,2009 at 01:19

    Bug: The existing search box seems to have suffered in the process:
    Querying for a “label” (via the drop-down) gives you all items with the queried name: http://www.discogs.com/search?type=labels&q=stark&btn=Search , including artists.

  • Jan 7,2009 at 00:41

    Perhaps this will solve a few problems the search engine had.

    Good stuff!

  • Jan 6,2009 at 14:56

    Auto-complete is a very powerful tool to find the correct artist name for misspelled names and ANVs.
    Saves a lot of time, thank you!

  • Jan 6,2009 at 14:38

    Excellent.

  • Jan 6,2009 at 14:07

    [quote=teo]* Advanced Search – this form will allow you to search for releases with fields for specific criteria [/quote]
    That is really fine. We could use a country field there too…

  • Jan 6,2009 at 13:56

    Well done Eric!

  • Jan 6,2009 at 13:39

    [url=http://www.discogs.com/search?type=all&q=prefecot&btn=Search]I think he’s got it….by jove I think he’s got it[/url]

    I never had any complaints about the search engine as was except for having a ‘did you mean’ but the more features the better.

  • Jan 6,2009 at 13:37

    Been a long time coming!
    Now for the Master Release function…

  • Jan 6,2009 at 12:34

    [quote=teo]With a second programmer we’ll now be making more updates and faster progress with them in 2009![/quote]

    Good news.

  • Jan 6,2009 at 12:08

    [quote=teo]* Advanced Search – this form will allow you to search for releases with fields for specific criteria [/quote]
    could a Style field be added?

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