fter receiving your feedback on Search within Answers we’re pleased to announce some major changes to the Search experience on Yahoo! Answers.
We’ve made quite a few changes to the search functionality, so to make navigation a bit easier, we’ve broken things down for you by section, so let’s get started.
The NEW Answers search page
Let’s take you through some of the changes you’ll see:
1) We’ve now added the ability to sort results by relevance, by newest/oldest, and by fewest/most answers directly to the top of your results.
You can continue to use the left hand navigation to customize your search and we’ve made some amends to these dropdowns:
2) Added filtering by `Tied questions` to the Question Status dropdown
3) Added a new dropdown to filter by `Number of Answers
4) Changed the time options available in the Date Submitted dropdown to give you a greater range of options and to include a filter for the `last 24 hours`
5) Next to the Search Answers button you’ll notice we’ve re-added `Advanced Search` so let’s take a deeper look at that next…
Advanced Search is back and gives you even more options for customizing your search.
Advanced Search allows you to filter your search using specific parameters in order for you to receive results that are more accurate. These filters are saved and added to your saved searches.
You can filter your search by using the following:
• Keyword match in: All Q&A, Questions or Best Answers.
• Location: All English questions or US questions only.
• Status: Open Questions, Questions in Voting, Tied or Resolved Questions
• Number of Answers
• Date Submitted
You can enter certain Boolean search terms in `Keywords`. These are: AND, ANDNOT, AND, OR Not sure about Boolean? Then use the `All these words`, `any of these words`, `exact phrase` or `don’t include these words` boxes and we’ll insert the Boolean commands for you.
My Saved Searches
Many of you make use of the `Saved Search` option to help you quickly find content around your specialist subjects. We’ve now enhanced this feature so from the new My Saved Search page you can now:
- Save up to 10 searches. The main pane displays the selected search in real time. The last sorting option you use is saved the next time you log in.
- Edit your searches to keep them up-to-date
- Delete your searches when you no longer need them
- Drag and drop to arrange your Saved Searches to get the most used ones at the top of the list
- Manage these searches from the new Saved Search page by editing or deleting
- Get your Saved Searches delivered as a daily digest email (see below)
- Have the Yahoo! Trending Topic of the day included in your search results. You’ll notice one search already there which you didn’t search for. We’ve given you a `trending search` to start. This is a keyword based on what is trending from Yahoo! Search. It changes on a daily basis depending on what people are talking about on the web. The trending search can be deleted to give you full control of the 10 searches you save. However, beware that once you delete the trending search it will be removed forever.
All your old saved searches will be migrated to the new My Saved Search so you might have 2 searches waiting for you.
To give you an incentive to test this feature out – as soon as you have 3 Saved Searches on your Saved Search page we will give you 20 points! However, this will only be awarded once.
How do I save my search?
You can save your search from the following areas:
• The Search homepage
• Advanced Search page
• My Saved Search page
We’ll soon be launching a new Digest Email that will send you an email once a day containing the top 3 questions from each of your Saved Searches. The top 3 questions are sorted by the settings you save on your My Saved Searches page, so if you only want ‘in voting’ questions then those are the questions that will be delivered to you. This will make your Answers experience more efficient since questions will be sent directly to your inbox!
For now, tick the box if you want to receive these emails and we’ll start sending out in the next few days.
We’ve left the decision on whether you want to receive this email to you. You can opt in to this email by checking the box at the bottom of the Advanced Search page or from you’re the Privacy and Communication tab on the `Edit My Preferences` page.
For those of you who bookmark your searches – we’ve respected this and it will still work. But why not use Saved Search instead of Bookmarks and get the daily email as well as the bonus points?
We’d love to hear your feedback on the new features to search. Leave us a comment here on the blog or on the feedback thread on the Suggestion board. We trust you will find the new Search experience to be a useful addition to your Answers experience!
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