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Prioritizing Search Results (Enhancement) #1713
Perhaps it's not possible now, and maybe never will be, but it would likely be useful to prioritize, or at least have the option to prioritize, search results as follows.
sentences with audio
For people searching for English sentences, the following would be a useful sequence.
sentences with audio
It would probably also be good to give members the option to skip the List 907 step if they think that's not a good way to prioritize sentences.
What is the problem that this suggestion is meant to fix?
People can do this prioritization right now. That is, they can conduct advanced searches for sentences with audio, and/or sentences on any list they desire, and/or by native speakers. As for forcing this prioritization on them, I think it's a bad idea. First of all, there are bound to be people who want to search preferentially for sentences without these characteristics. For instance, they might want to find sentences
I should have said to offer members this as an option.
I think it would be a good default option, though.
New users would likely have a more positive experience on the website if this were implemented for the main "simple" search.
Members who prefer other searches should be allowed to override this in advanced searches.
People can't really do this prioritization right now without doing multiple searches.
This is just a follow up, which may not matter if this kind of prioritization is not possible.
What happens now, is that a member can search for sentences with audio, and if such sentences aren't found, the member can hen then do a search for sentences by native speakers, and if none are found, then do another search with no limitations.
If would be nice if when searching, you could see the several sentences with audio, followed by those without audio by native speakers, followed by all remaining sentences. This would be especially useful for search results with only a few audio files.
The point is to give visitors a positive experience, much like Google does when they prioritize search results.
For students of English, for example my students, it would be useful and beneficial to them if they could see sentences that they could with some certainty trust were correct and natural-sounding. Sentences that have been recorded have gone through one extra proofreading, so are likely to be the most trustworthy, followed by sentences on List 907, followed by sentences owned by people who claim they are native speakers. The least trustworthy would be the remaining owned sentences, followed by the unowned sentences. It's often difficult for non-native speakers to access whether a sentence is good or not.
For students of Japanese, and maybe most other languages, the sequence would likely be 1) sentences with audio 2) sentences tagged OK by native speakers 3) sentences by those claiming to be native speakers 4) all other sentences. At least with Japanese sentences, it seems that a lot of the orphan sentences and sentences owned by non-native speakers are about the same quality.
referenced this issue
Mar 6, 2019
This is just to help clarify what I think would be useful.
If a student wants to study sentences with the word "email", it would be useful if sentences were shown in this order.
Perhaps if this is not possible, then maybe you could make it possible to do the 2nd search with a way to filter out sentences found by the first search (etc.). This would allow students to manually do 4 searches to get similar results.