Following our changes to the Search experience on Answers last week we received a lot of feedback from you, the community, around the changes we made.
Advanced search changes
We’ve reacted to your feedback to make a few additional changes that now allow you to add parameters to the URL, to allow you to better sort your search result. In order to do this, here are the bits of code you’ll need to add to the end of your URL to sort your results:
&orderby=+date (to sort by most recent)
&orderby=-date (to sort by oldest)
For example a search for “dogs” produces this URL: http://answers.yahoo.com/search/search_result?p=dogs
If you want to sort by the most recent results, simply add “&orderby=+date” to the end of the URL: http://answers.yahoo.com/search/search_result?p=dogs&orderby=+date
We will look to add these filters within the page itself over the coming months.
In addition, we heard from the community that search terms within quotation marks (“and”) were returning no results. We’ve adjusted the system so that this no longer is the case, and “and” now produces results.
Last but not least, we’ve also taken this opportunity to fix some other bugs on the site:
- For Internet Explorer users we’ve fixed the layout issue on the Ask/Answer/Discover banner
- We have also made changes to content deletion. Previously, when you deleted your question or answer, it was still showing in the public view of your profile page. From now on when you delete a question or answer, it will be entirely removed from your public profile page
Thanks for your continued feedback on our latest release, and, for helping to improve Yahoo! Answers!
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