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Similar Threads 5.1

Shows a list of similar threads when a user is creating or viewing a thread.

  1. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    AndyB submitted a new resource:

    Similar Threads - Shows a list of similar threads when a user is creating a new thread.

    Read more about this resource...
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  2. Rho Delta

    Rho Delta Well-Known Member

    Does this work with all versions after 1.2?
  3. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

  4. giorgino

    giorgino Well-Known Member

    Hi Andy, great job :) Is it possible to have an old style similar thread list in thread view instead?
  5. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Thank you, giogino.

    Sorry I'm not sure what you mean by "old style similar thread list in thread view instead".
  6. giorgino

    giorgino Well-Known Member

    I mean a list of (five?) similar threads after the first post of the thread in thread view
  7. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Got it, thank you for the clarification. Sometimes these "Other similar threads list" is placed at the end of the thread view.

    This is a very good idea.
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  8. Paul

    Paul Well-Known Member

    Hiya Andy,

    Does this only search on the first word that isnt in the excludes list?? I only ask because thats what it seems to do, however i may just be missing something.... :D

  9. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Hi Paul,

    That is correct, it only searches on the first word which is not in the common word exclusion list.

    The reason I chose to do it this way is to make it really simple for users to understand. The user can quickly change the search word if they like to see if there are any existing threads on the subject.
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  10. Paul

    Paul Well-Known Member

    Cheers Andy - Certainly makes for some interesting searches having had a play for 1/2 hour :D
  11. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

  12. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Thank you @AndyB. Addon is great!!

    Just one question, is it possible to query on more than one non unique word?
  13. CFodder

    CFodder Well-Known Member

    This is a great addon , thanks AndyB :).
  14. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Thank you, tajhay.

    Only the first non-common word is used for the search. When more than one word is used in a search it often excludes the results that are relevant.
  15. tajhay

    tajhay Well-Known Member

    Is it possible to use all the non unique words for the search and then pull them down based on relevancy i.e. the more non unique text in the results that match up, the better. Perhaps change the sql query to like 'non unique word'? Regardless great addon, and thank you for making it freeware.
  16. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I'm not aware of any such code or api that offers this sort of function. Remember there are several million words in the English language and ranking them by uniqueness would be a very difficult task.
  17. Mouth

    Mouth Well-Known Member

    I'm not sure he meant ranking by uniqueness? Perhaps I misunderstand, but my take on what he asked is that if a user entered "fred bear forest", then the add-on would first show post(s) that contained all 3 words, then post(s) that contained 2 of the words, then post(s) that contained one of the words. That would give relevancy at the top, and depending upon your community would only show posts with all 3 words, giving highly relevant results. My $0.02c worth :)
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  18. giorgino

    giorgino Well-Known Member

    Great Andy, can you (or someone else with the time to do so) post a screenshot of the brand new thread similar threads function ?
    Second, can you add an on/off switch for the similar thread on thread creation? (I'm only interested in thread list similar threads)
  19. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Thank you for this example. I like this logic very much. Hopefully it's not too difficult to code.
    Last edited: Oct 18, 2013
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  20. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    Thank you, giorgino.

    I updated the images in the Overview page.

    The ability to turn off the similar thread list for either create thread or thread view is already implemented with v1.1 of this add-on.
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