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    Search parameters are inconsistent across the site

    Leggy Peggy
    Sat Mar 29, 2014 2:45 am
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    Clearly you don't have any set system for search parameters because I am finding all sort of anomalies.

    Today I wanted to make I'mPat's Slow Cooker Lamb Shanks
    I remembered the name so figured if I typed in the exact words it would bring up her recipe first or one of few (I reckoned the word 'cooker' would be an isolating word).

    I so typed in

    slow cooker lamb shanks --
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/slow-cooker-lamb-shanks
    and got 22 recipes of which four had cooker in the title and most of the rest didn't even have the word cooker anywhere in the recipe.

    So I typed in

    slow cooked lamb shanks
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/slow-cooked-lamb-shanks
    and got the same 22 recipes

    then I tried using quote marks because in virtually every search on the net, quote marks limit the search to those exact words in that order,

    So I typed in

    "slow cooked lamb shanks"
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/%22slow-cooked-lamb-shanks%22
    and got the same 22 recipes

    I thought I'd try a singular attempt so was going to go for lamb shank (without the s), but also left the b off lamb

    So I typed
    slow cooked lam shank
    And your search engine corrected my typo and gave me the same 22 recipes
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/%22slow-cooked-lamb-shanks%22

    Then I tried a search without the word cooked or cooker

    So I typed in

    slow lamb shanks
    http://www.food.com/recipe-finder/all/slow-lamb-shanks
    And it gave me 19 recipes. Eliminating two recipes with braised in the title and one with crock pot????

    So later today I went to my reviewed recipes folder to search for a mushroom dish I make often.

    Out of interest I searched for mushrooms (plural) and got 21 recipes
    http://www.food.com/reviews.php?q[]=mushrooms&reviewer=239758&ls=re&review_date=2007-10-11%2C2014-03-29

    But the one I wanted wasn't there! icon_eek.gif Ding! I remembered the title was singular -- mushroom casserole. So I searched for mushroom (without the s) and got 10 recipes different to the first search. icon_eek.gif

    http://www.food.com/reviews.php?q[]=mushroom&reviewer=239758&ls=re&review_date=2007-04-18%2C2014-03-28

    And the recipe I wanted was there.

    But this is ridiculous. Could you get your IT folks to make up their minds and settle on a single set of search parameters. Sometimes it almost seems to search under the bed for dust (meaning it dissects every word in the recipe and intro), instead of sticking to the key words given in the search field.

    And then other times (obviously in our reviewed recipes folder) it will search only the words in title and that has to be verbatim..
    Would they pick a system that is consistent across the board?

    Or could they publish a check list of all the variations. HA! I bet they don't even know all the variations.

    As for Pat's recipe it came up on the second page of the search.
    Mary at Food.com
    Sat Mar 29, 2014 12:04 pm
    Food.com Staff
    They definitely appear to be. I have forwarded along to the team to look into.
    Leggy Peggy
    Sat Mar 29, 2014 5:59 pm
    Food.com Groupie
    Thanks.
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