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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #45 on: July 19, 2013, 02:26:07 pm »
Search should open now in a new tab

also, poll for google results?

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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #46 on: July 19, 2013, 05:29:45 pm »
considering how easy it is to get google results already (three characters), what's the point?

and yes, it does open in a new tab =)
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #47 on: July 20, 2013, 12:23:43 am »
The thing tho is that we should maybe document it, else very few newer members will even be aware that the search supports Google. For example, specify besides the search or inside the field that extra commands can be used to use a different engine.

Also the blue bar in which the search is should state that I'm not admin and to not send me requests :P
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #48 on: July 20, 2013, 09:55:50 pm »
In my experience Google and DuckDuckGo have both been pretty bad at searching Omnimaga. DDG tends to return old results, while Google gives me results on the mobile site half the time :P

I'd go with DuckDuckGo because it's less frustrating in that sense, and because I don't know if Google's ToS allows searching by redirect (seeing as they sell a product called Custom Search Engine which does the same thing).

Plus the option to search with Google is always there. We could just document it somewhere, like changing the placeholder text to something along the lines of "add !g to search Google."




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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #49 on: July 20, 2013, 11:03:28 pm »
The Custom Search Engine thing don't return mobile results for some reason. Or else you can always search by filetype or something?
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #50 on: July 21, 2013, 02:02:16 am »
Throwing out some ideas w/ various degrees of thought put into them..

 - Maybe there can be two buttons, each specifying their own search engine?
 - Something kind of like Firefox's search bar, where you click an icon or something (old adv. search magnifying glass?) and a drop-down appears, letting the user switch between engines.
 - Default to one engine, have a profile option for preferred engine. This isn't really a fix for those not registered tho.
 - Aforementioned placeholder text
 - Text to left of field when focused
 - Alt/hover-text
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Re: Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #51 on: July 21, 2013, 02:16:33 pm »
Extra buttons should be small, though, else the bar would get cluttered.
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #52 on: July 21, 2013, 04:40:43 pm »
well, is all of the bar ever fully used? if it isn't, just make a but left (like the size of the quick reply post button, and one to the right...) if it is... just expand the bar by 20px or so... shouldn't pose a problem... tho for mobile platforms it might just add a very tiny scroll to left/right
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Re: Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #53 on: July 21, 2013, 06:12:00 pm »
Yeah but i mean filling the entire bar would look kinda strange, since most sites have the search field small to the top right.
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #54 on: July 21, 2013, 06:12:58 pm »
Isn't it great to be different? ;)

So, should I make now a drop-down menu to set the search engine and store which one is used in cookies?

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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #55 on: July 21, 2013, 06:24:01 pm »
or save it in the profile... in mysql... i'm sure you can add an extra table and make them all automatical to google, then possible to ddg ;p cause if someone deletes his cookies every day or 2.... you get what i mean....
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #56 on: July 21, 2013, 06:25:11 pm »
I don't know how SMF is programmed, I would do that if the admins would allow me too but that may result in me messing up and omni not being there for like a min or so till i find my missing semicolumn

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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #57 on: July 21, 2013, 06:29:08 pm »
true... hmmm well i can't think of any other solution so i guess cookie will have to do... ;)
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #58 on: July 21, 2013, 08:19:22 pm »
Isn't it great to be different? ;)
Yes but it isn't great if it looks ugly as hell X.x. Imagine the top bar filled entirely with search fields or buttons O.O
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Re: New banner and new search function
« Reply #59 on: July 21, 2013, 08:58:29 pm »
make them smaller... so 1) don't put the 'search'
2) make them half of the height... so you can 2 under eachother at each side...


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