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madlep Envato team says

Here’s a peek into our agile development process.

Once a fortnight we have an internal “demopalooza” to show off new features. These sessions are open to anyone at Envato to attend, so we try to keep them focused on “what is the value to users”, and avoid too much techie talk.

In this segment, I’m discussing new back end features the search team has been working on.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i14fVUawuuE

  • searching using synonym matches (searching on “single page” expands to “one page” results).
  • fewer WTF “pink bra” moments showing up in related searches
  • new /tags URL for tag navigation powered by elasticsearch
  • progress on decommissioning of our legacy search infrastructure, and finishing off moving everything to elasticsearch

The demo session runs for an hour, with each team taking 5-10 mins to present their work. So this is just a short snapshot. Lots of stuff gets covered in the full session (not just search changes!)

If you’re interested in more info on how we work in the marketplace dev team, have a look at 10 Deploys a Day – A Case Study of Continuous Delivery at Envato and other articles on the webuild.envato.com blog.

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AndrVlad says

Great to hear and I really hope that all search issues introduced recently will be fixed ASAP.

Also could be great if developers from search team participate on these discussions mentioned below. Listening voice of authors is pretty agile development process. Isn’t it? :-)

http://videohive.net/forums/thread/search-is-bugged-examples-here/121682
http://videohive.net/forums/thread/search-problem/122381


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Creattive says

Nice, another planning phase.

The search does right now not provide an AND function when more words are typed in. This gives you all sort of irrelevant results when sorting by sales or date.

Even the search box that is called “Search within these results” does not what it implies. It does not search WITHIN the results, it adds more items to the list.

So instead of filtering the list, it makes it even less accurate.

Fix this please before you go ahead and make your next powerpoint presentation

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madlep Envato team says

Great to hear and I really hope that all search issues introduced recently will be fixed ASAP.

Also could be great if developers from search team participate on these discussions mentioned below. Listening voice of authors is pretty agile development process. Isn’t it? :-)

http://videohive.net/forums/thread/search-is-bugged-examples-here/121682
http://videohive.net/forums/thread/search-problem/122381


Best Regards, Andrey

Yup. Checking them out. Will respond separately over there.


Nice, another planning phase.

It’s not another planning phase. This stuff is live now already. Demo sessions are where we show off what has been done and is live. Not for showing “up and coming” stuff.

For example, we’ve set up a synonym for “property” to match “real estate” – which is a common search done which doesn’t return the right results. So searching for property (correctly) returns a bunch of items that match on “Real Estate”.

And searching for pinkzebra doesn’t return weird results like “pink bra” for suggested “related searches” anymore – that’s an obvious one, but there are plenty of other cases that this handles too.


The search does right now not provide an AND function when more words are typed in. This gives you all sort of irrelevant results when sorting by sales or date.

Even the search box that is called “Search within these results” does not what it implies. It does not search WITHIN the results, it adds more items to the list.

So instead of filtering the list, it makes it even less accurate.

Am looking at this now. Is definitely an issue. Think we’ve nailed down where it’s coming from. Should have a fix tomorrow for it hopefully.

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RomanP says

Hello, madlep

New features sounds cool,but how about search history like cyzer said here http://videohive.net/forums/thread/new-features-simplified-search-and-browse-ui-new-feedback-tool/121643?page=12#986918

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madlep Envato team says

Hello, madlep

New features sounds cool,but how about search history like cyzer said here http://videohive.net/forums/thread/new-features-simplified-search-and-browse-ui-new-feedback-tool/121643?page=12#986918

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Yup. That stuff would be cool. The general ideal of analysing clickthough data to improve search results is something we’re very interested in.

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Creattive says

It’s not another planning phase. This stuff is live now already. Demo sessions are where we show off what has been done and is live. Not for showing “up and coming” stuff.

oh then I got that wrong. Very good addition, this should give us more accurate results.

Thanks for looking into the other issue.

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cyzer says

They changed the search again…. http://videohive.net/tags/creative

now it gives bunch of old legacy items on top….

It was fixed and ok but now It gives weird old “best match” items… I realy doubt it.

EDIT: maybe not… I just don’t know anymore, the result for searches are so random I dont understand what the results are based on. Sales are still absent.

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bakircius says

Legacy files everywhere, since 2011?

Is this new search feature?

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cyzer says

Loads of old outdated out of style files from 2009 and 2010.. its ok for them to be in tge search but why on top?!

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