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    Recipe Sifter

    Sue Lau
    Fri Jan 18, 2013 1:37 pm
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    I have some difficulty when I use the recipe sifter for finding ingredients in a recipe. You know, for example, if you want to find all the recipes that use lime juice, you might be tempted to search for limes under ingredients. Then the more specific terms come up (fresh limes, lime juice, lime wedges, etc.) they bring with them the descriptors/prep with them (fresh, wedges, etc.). In order to proceed, I can opt to check one or more of these and here is where the problem lies.
    If I click more than one option, the boolean operator in the search will only return results with all of those items in the recipe, instead of "term 1 OR term 2". So, if I were looking for a recipe with lime juice from fresh limes, and clicked both fresh limes and lime juice, I would get ZERO results. Which is misleading, and the sifter does not tell members that their search required the recipe to list both "fresh limes" AND "lime juice" in the results. SO the member might be led to believe that there are zero results for recipes containing either term alone.
    When vetting out recipes to post here, that can lead to members believing their recipe is not already on the site, when in fact that may not be true. In some cases, the ingredients list brand names as part of the parameters.
    It also puts undue burden on the member to have to search out every single instance of an ingredient (and I'm telling you, some of them have a lot of different options for just one simple item), to make sure their recipe is not already posted.
    I do understand the usefulness of having all the descriptors attached to the ingredients, as it gives the sifter a complexity that can be helpful many times. But, searching for an item in the sifter, can you please please please change the boolean operator so that when a member clicks more than one option, instead of having the sifter demand all of the terms be present, it will use -OR- and bring up all results that contain at least one of the terms.
    Life would be so much easier. At least when using the sifter.
    Thanks for considering-
    ~Sue
    DrGaellon
    Sat Jan 19, 2013 4:22 pm
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    The old sifter, back when it was RecipeZaar, allowed you to sift with an "OR" operator. That went away with the Food.com redesign, and has never come back, despite bitter complaints from the old guard of users. At this point, I think the Scripps PTB don't care, and have ignored our requests so long that they CAN'T restore it - either the new backend software can't do it easily, or they just can't deal with the loss of face inherent in giving in at this late date.
    Sue Lau
    Sun Jan 20, 2013 10:59 pm
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    DrGaellon wrote:
    The old sifter, back when it was RecipeZaar, allowed you to sift with an "OR" operator. That went away with the Food.com redesign, and has never come back, despite bitter complaints from the old guard of users. At this point, I think the Scripps PTB don't care, and have ignored our requests so long that they CAN'T restore it - either the new backend software can't do it easily, or they just can't deal with the loss of face inherent in giving in at this late date.

    Issues with the sifter are not exclusive to Scripps. As I recall, Troy was breaking the search feature long before Scripps ever heard of this place. There used to be a "most popular" recipe sort (different from the highest rated) and one August day I had a zucchini pickle recipe get a couple of reviews and shortly thereafter was a permanent fixture as my most popular recipe for a few years, despite the fact that it wasn't popular after that. I could understand in the height of zucchini season, but not in February, and not when other recipes got review after review after review. But his response to me as I recall was to say that it wasn't broke.
    So to be ignored about search feature issues seems par for the course no matter who is at the helm, although I still try. Maybe sometime someone whocan actually do something about it will accidentally read a post and get it stuck in their head. Or not. icon_lol.gif
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