PcMojo wrote:I really like your idea! I wish it was in place a few years ago when I started using Linux. It is so much quicker to search for an issue with Cinnamon without having to add keywords like "Linux, desktop environment" to every search.
I recently switched to Linux Mint and found that my Firefox browser search was missing some search engines. When I clicked on "Manage Search Engines" it brought me to this web page http://www.linuxmint.com/searchengines.php. I now understand why Mint is pushing users towards sites that share revenue and I don't have a problem with that since it benefits the users in the long run. But I was thinking, since your search engine isn't about driving profits, I wonder if we could get it added to the choices on the “manage search engines” page (non-commercial section). It would be great for when you are trying to figure out a Linux issue to be able to set your engine in the search bar and anything unfamiliar in the articles you are reading, you could just highlight and click on search. After getting your answer you could close the new tab and continue reading the main article.
Another idea I had was to somehow give preferential search result treatment to forum stickies. Many of these are great how-to and explanatory articles that were so good forum moderators saw fit to separate them from normal threads because of their popularity and usefulness. Also, you may want to eventually include some sort of quick voting poll when users are clicking back to the search result page; ie “Was that article useful?” and rate it 1-10.
Anyway, lots of luck with your much needed project!
Habitual wrote:and I maintain my own Google Custom Search as well.
http://www.google.com/cse/home?cx=01621 ... lwko&hl=en
30'ish Linux-Specific sites.
igor83 wrote:This is excellent. Thank you, sunewbie. Your search engine makes a good addition to any ubuntu-based Linux user's home page.
Would you like me to mod the html to add links to the distro icons (Ubuntu / Mint / etc.)?
newconvert wrote:Hello sunewbie, I love your search engine. I have found a few solutions through it to help me get my new Mint installation configured. In fact, it is my firefox homepage for this user name on my computer.
My only problem is that many of the results are old articles, and the info in them is no longer current. The newest distros do things different than what someone wrote in 2008 or even 2011. So here's my request:
Is it possible to add a date range to either the first page, or to the top of the results page?
For the main page, something like a single radio button saying "Limit results to last 6 months." would suffice.
I don't need just the most recent articles, and a question asked and answered last summer may be what I need to know too. So I think a 6 month window is a perfect default.
For the results page, is it possible to add a more precise refinement like Google's page will do? So, for example, if I want to just see Linux Mint 14 topics I can limit the search to after its release date.
I just googled for "google search by date" and found this page http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/6-ways-to-search-by-date-on-google/, which gave a searchline option, called 'daterange'. But in a geeky twist, you have to use julian dates, which is based on the number of days since Jan 1, 4713 BC. We are currently at 2456291.
So to search for articles from the last six months I would take today's date, 2456291, minus 180 from it to get 2456111, and put 'daterange:2456111-2456291' on the search line. This gives me everything from last summer to today.
Actually, if I add 180 to the second number, and just use 'daterange:2456110-2456471', it will search from July 1 2012 up to June 27 2013, so I don't have to figure out the date each day. That would work for me.
Is it possible to incorporate this into a search modifier on your page?
xenopeek wrote:For Linux Mint it would perhaps make sense to be able to search since April or since October. However, I thought your search was also for users of other Linux distros? Personally I most frequently use Google's "past year" when searching. If you can't do a relative search like that, perhaps "Since this year" and "Since last year" would make good replacements. I don't think you'd often need to specifically go further back than that? Then either you find all or restrict it to somewhat recently.
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