MRoogle

edesignuk

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Some of you may have already noticed it (well, I know 321 of you have clicked it anyway ;)), I put a little something together to use Google to search the MacRumors Forums; called MRoogle (I know it's stupid, sorry!).

I've pretty much finished it today (while I was at work, when I should have actually been working :D), and I've just put it online.

Take a look and tell me what you think. Are there any other cool features of Google that I could build in to it? Currently you can do All word, Any word, and Exact phrase searches :cool:

MRoogle
 

grapes911

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This is a really good idea. What is the chance it can be put next to the search already in the forums? I don't really know how editable vBulletin is.
 

PlaceofDis

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sweet, ill be using it, just out of curiousity, i usually search by thread title, anyway to add that in there or is that only a feature of vbulliten?
 

edesignuk

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Something to bare in mind. Google is only as good as it's last cache of the site. So this will not be 100% up to date, while vBulletins one will. What this will be good for is finding things you remember having seen a while ago, or checking to see if something has already been talked about in the past.
 

grapes911

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edesignuk said:
Something to bare in mind. Google is only as good as it's last cache of the site. So this will not be 100% up to date, while vBulletins one will. What this will be good for is finding things you remember having seen a while ago, or checking to see if something has already been talked about in the past.
Thats why I think it should go next to the search already up there (if possible). It shouldn't replace it.
 

emw

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Aug 2, 2004
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Hmmm. It looks nice, but I'm not sure how accurate it is - I only got 186 hits on "Keira." :p
 

emw

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grapes911 said:
And there is only 120 hits though the vBulletin search.
True, but that's threads in the past 90 days that have mentioned her. Do a search by posts in the past year (like the servers need the extra load, I know) and it's at least 500 (that's all it will show).

Perhaps the Google search is also time-limited somehow, or only has access to recent posts, since it started crawling the site.

Edit: e - don't get me wrong, it's a sweet tool to have, especially since it's fast and doesn't bog the servers down using it. And it's a nice "mirror" of the real Google experience. Now, if only it would open the Google results in a frame, so we could continue to enter searches in the MRoogle form.
 

grapes911

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emw said:
True, but that's threads in the past 90 days that have mentioned her. Do a search by posts in the past year (like the servers need the extra load, I know) and it's at least 500 (that's all it will show).

Perhaps the Google search is also time-limited somehow, or only has access to recent posts, since it started crawling the site.

I searched with "any date" and get 120. What amy I doing wrong?
 

emw

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grapes911 said:
I search for "any date" and get 120. What amy I doing wrong?
You are searching by thread, and not by posts. So you get a result of 120 threads containing the word "Keira" even though within those threads could be 10,000 posts referencing Keira.

When searching, have it show results as posts.
 

grapes911

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emw said:
You are searching by thread, and not by posts. So you get a result of 120 threads containing the word "Keira" even though within those threads could be 10,000 posts referencing Keira.

When searching, have it show results as posts.
Thanks a lot. I get it now. Today I learned something new. :)
 

emw

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Aug 2, 2004
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edesignuk said:
hmmmm.....possibly, would look a mess though IMO.
Probably right. I guess you need to write something for Safari to replace the Google search bar with a MRoogle search bar ;)
 

edesignuk

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Sorry to dig up and old thread :eek: but...

Nearly 6 months later, and 6,500 visits, looks like someone must be making use of it after all! :D
 

jsw

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edesignuk said:
Sorry to dig up and old thread :eek: but...

Nearly 6 months later, and 6,500 visits, looks like someone must be making use of it after all! :D
Yes... you've reduced the number of already-answered-but-didn't-search-for-it newbie question threads by... er... are you sure it's had 6,500 visits? ;)
 

hayduke

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Mar 8, 2005
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is a state of mind.
How do you say it?

I'm stuck. I want to advertise by word of mouth to all my friends about the greatness that is MRoogle. So is it M-R-oogle? M-Roogle? Or simply a slurred MRoogle, perhaps MuhRoogle?
 

killuminati

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It's the only thing I use to search the forums. I have it in my bookmarks bar under the Macrumors bat.
 

mad jew

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It really should be accompanying the regular search feature so that newbies can find it easier. :)


killuminati said:
I have it in my bookmarks bar under the Macrumors bat.

Please don't fix that typo. :D It is a typo, right?
 
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