Search results - what to show... advice please!

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(Gear Buzz) #1

Here below is what we are pondering regarding search

We are transitioning over from an APPALLING custom search for VBulletin over to ElasticSearch.

Search ALL Gearslutz is the existing search

The Beta search is Elasticsearch (some display sort order issues to sort out)

We have to decide on Snippets, Avatars, search Threads or search posts, newest or most 'relevant"

Basic search settings / visual layout

What should the default search parameters be for guests? What upon a first search attempt will best display the depth of information available @ Gearslutz?

Threads or posts?
Newest? Most relevant? (not oldest)
(We should display basic options at a glance)
What special options should we display (search by member name?)

Does anyone actually care about the avatar of the last poster for guests? Should we show off instead the sub forum icons to indicate the range of topics covered @ Gearslutz?

What should the default search parameters be for members? (Same as guests?)

  Threads or posts?
  Newest? Most relevant? (not oldest)
  (We should display basic options at a glance, should these settings be remembered for         
      members once selected?)
 What special extra options should we display? (search by member name?) 
  1. As well as thread title, What default snippet should we show?
    First post snippet?
    Last post snippet?

Do we really care about displaying the avatar of the last poster to members? (does it convey participation) Instead should we display sub forum icons for at a glance understanding of thread origin?

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Thanks in advance for any suggestions / experience / overview