KudoZ.net search not turning up all terms from archives--what am I doing wrong?
Thread poster: Anthony Green

Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:39
Italian to English
Oct 22, 2003

I've been trying to use KudoZ.net a bit more, and people keep telling me that the terms I'm looking for are already in the glossaries, which is a trifle embarrassing.
The search function looks everywhere available in the three tabs and comes up with no answer so I go to the website and ask, and get egg on my face!
What am I doing wrong?


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Michele Johnson  Identity Verified
Germany
Local time: 09:39
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pressing enter key? Oct 22, 2003

Hey, I had this problem!

Could it be that you are just pressing the enter key, instead of clicking on "Search term"? Because when I filled everything out and then hit the enter key, nothing *ever* turned up. You have to hit that "search term" button and then it really does the search. Seems counterintuitive to me but...

Maybe that's the solution to your problem? BTW I'm referring to the search online at the "Search kudoz glossaries" page, have no experience with the kudoz.net version (but maybe it is similar?)

Hope that helps,
Michele


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Amy Taylor  Identity Verified
United States
Local time: 01:39
Member (2002)
Italian to English
Search Options Oct 22, 2003

Try checking the options you have set for the searches. Maybe you have "only closed questions" selected? Clicking the large "Search" button will open the options, and check the KudoZ tab. Once you have set the options you want, clicking the little "s" button will automatically perform the search with the previous options.
If you've already done all of this and you're still missing glossary entries, I suppose you should report a bug.
HTH,
Amy


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Andy Watkinson
Spain
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See Michele's post Oct 22, 2003

If you regularly get a blank response, as opposed to "No terms found" (or words to that effect), this is due to hitting "enter".

You have to click on "Search"


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xxxIanW
Local time: 09:39
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Suggestion Oct 23, 2003

Aha - that explains a lot! Perhaps it would be a good idea to have an error message displayed on the page which appears when you don't click on "Search" - something along the lines of "Please press Search"? This would definitely cut down on repetition and egg on the face ...

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Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
Local time: 09:39
Italian to English
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Pressing the right buttons Oct 23, 2003

I should have pointed out that I am familiar with the two search buttons, and I usually press the S button.

For example, the last search I did was for
"conglomerati bituminosi" which gave no results, so I tried "conglomerati" and then "bituminosi".
Each time I got the Information window, which said

"Term(s) searched: "bituminosi"

The search was executed. However, it did not yield any (new) results."


The KudoZ tab in the Search options window has the first five boxes checked and the last five unchecked - I think that's the default setting.

I didn't have the other two tabs activated (it takes a long time to get and trhen wade through some often questionable data - Systran/Google gave me "it conglomerates to you", which I thought was rather rude ,-)

The KudoZ answer tab remains empty.


I think this is probably some form of bug - in that case can the moderator pass it on to the technical leads or do I need to do it (how?)?


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Lesley Clarke  Identity Verified
Mexico
Local time: 02:39
Spanish to English
Another trick Oct 23, 2003

Another trick is to just write part of the word or expression you are looking for, as the entire word or expression might not be in the glossary, but there could be another version with enough similarity to be useful.

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Anthony Green  Identity Verified
Italy
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Tried that one too! Oct 24, 2003

Thanks Lesley.
Yes I found that out by mistake looking for the word "centina" and getting results for "centinata"!

Lesley Clarke wrote:

Another trick is to just write part of the word or expression you are looking for, as the entire word or expression might not be in the glossary, but there could be another version with enough similarity to be useful.


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