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Extensions search - useless

Post by zyx » Tue Mar 12, 2019 9:49 am

First - i am developing Joomla extensions for more than 10 years. I have great extensions that people like. I have few extensions on JED. But the JED search is driving me crazy.

The suggestion option (when you type in some keywords, suggestions pop-up) suggesting extensions names - by my opinion it is absolutely useless. I suppose that more than half of users have no idea of any extension name and they are searching by some keywords. For example, if i want to embed a Facebook feed on my Joomla website i will search for "facebook feed". And if i will input this in the JED search field - i will get several suggestions pop-up with the specific extensions that this search engine found. But users, that use other search engines like Google, Bing, etc. know that search provide keyword suggestions, not specific websites. So i would click on the suggestion and miss all the other extensions on JED just because of the extension's name. It would be better if this suggestion option suggested the keywords. If not - it is better to be removed at all.

But wait, there's more: if you are tenacious enough, you will get to the search results and you will see there that all extensions are sorted by the amount of keywords entries in the extension's description. There are many ways that the extension's search can be improved. For example, accordance for specific keyword to click rate in search results. There are many articles of how great search engines like Google work. It is better to combine several criteria to avoid manipulation of the search results.
Please check for yourself the results for "facebook feed" keyword. You will see in top results extensions like "Facebook Page Widget" which description is super keyword spammed. And it has only one review, telling that this extension doesn't work. I think that for the user that searches suitable extension, this extension must be in the end of the list.

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by anibal_sanchez » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:05 am

Hi,

We are planning an update to the search engine in the following months.

You have the motivation to write a forum topic. So, you are in your way to improve our search engine.

Feel free to join the team that it is going to work on the update. Beyond coding (we already have the search technology provided by Algolia), we need people to check search cases and provide feedback.

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by zyx » Tue Mar 12, 2019 11:45 am

Hi. How can i join the team that will work on this update?

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by anibal_sanchez » Tue Mar 12, 2019 12:52 pm

Hi,

We coordinate our tasks in Glip: https://glip.com/joomla

Pls, open an account and I'll guide you in the onboarding process.

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by zyx » Tue Mar 12, 2019 1:00 pm

Done. My account is: [ redacted ]
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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by zyx » Thu Mar 14, 2019 6:59 am

anibal_sanchez, i am still waiting.

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by anibal_sanchez » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:02 am

Check Glip PM

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by zyx » Thu Mar 14, 2019 8:12 am

Nothing...

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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by darb » Sun Apr 07, 2019 6:59 am

zyx did you manage to join the JED developement team?
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Re: Extensions search - useless

Post by zyx » Sun Apr 07, 2019 8:07 am

Yes.


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