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Opened 3 years ago

Closed 3 years ago

#2301 closed defect (worksforme)

Cannot find plugin by name

Reported by: aleksanderkuczek Owned by:
Milestone: Priority: normal
Component: Plugin Directory Keywords:
Cc:

Change History (10)

#1 follow-up: @Otto42
3 years ago

After the Deadline is 5 years old. Possibly just not indexed in the search engine yet, or as strongly.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/after-the-deadline/

#2 in reply to: ↑ 1 @aleksanderkuczek
3 years ago

Should we consider this non issue then?

Replying to Otto42:

After the Deadline is 5 years old. Possibly just not indexed in the search engine yet, or as strongly.

https://wordpress.org/plugins/after-the-deadline/

#3 @tellyworth
3 years ago

Plugins that haven't been updated in more than 2 years are excluded from results.

There should probably be an exception to this for exact slug matches.

#4 follow-up: @joostdevalk
3 years ago

I disagree, vehemently, some of the older plugins have some very "broad" slugs, they should not be findable if they've not been updated. It doesn't reflect well on the project if we show plugins that have not been updated for 2 years and that might break a site or have major security issues. Personally I think 2 years is 1 year too much already.

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3 years ago

#6 in reply to: ↑ 4 @tellyworth
3 years ago

Replying to joostdevalk:

some of the older plugins have some very "broad" slugs

This is a good point and definitely should have some bearing on the solution here, whatever it is.

#7 @samuelsidler
3 years ago

One thing we could do is give an exact match a slightly different design. That is, if you search for "bbpress", an exact match in the search results (for the slug) would display in a slightly different style than the rest of the search results and could even say "exact match."

To alleviate the concerns in comment:4, if a given plugin isn't supposed to be in the search results because of relevancy, we could put the exact match at the bottom of the first page, but still give it the different design.

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3 years ago

#9 @gwin
3 years ago

I am seeing similar behavior with (at least three) plugins that are quite often updated

https://wordpress.org/plugins-wp/search/Better+Notifications+for+WordPress/ does not find https://wordpress.org/plugins/bnfw/

https://wordpress.org/plugins-wp/search/Advanced+Classifieds+%26+Directory+Pro/ does not find
https://wordpress.org/plugins/advanced-classifieds-and-directory-pro/

https://wordpress.org/plugins-wp/search/wpadverts/ does not find https://wordpress.org/plugins/wpadverts/ (disclaimer: this is mine plugin)

I browsed all returned results and also tried different searches it seems these plugins are never in the search results.

#10 @gibrown
3 years ago

  • Milestone Plugin Directory v3.0 deleted
  • Resolution set to worksforme
  • Status changed from new to closed

Reviewed all the searches from this thread, and with the most recent version of search I think they are all working well.

After the Deadline is on the first page, but is also at the bottom almost entirely because it hasn't been updated in five years. Given that we (Automattic) are quite intentionally not working on AtD, I think that is ok. It would be very easy to get it up to the top of the results by just updating it.

Even though the user is explicitly looking for it, I think increasing the ranking for slug/title further might hurt other results and doesn't help end users find a functional plugin. If we have examples where the plugins are not old and don't seem to rank well we should look at those of course (and we have been), but let's open those into other tickets.

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