Wednesday, November 23, 2011

We all know what time it is. It's time to give thanks, drum up your favorite loose attire, and eat like you know you can. That's right, this isn't our first rodeo. Luckily this year we've got some more interesting ways to lose the holiday weight. Now if that doesn't make your head spin, be sure to log in and fold some stories before the impending food coma sets in.

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Search This!

How did we live without being able to search the Internet for important things like this? That's why we've developed our very own nifty search tool to allow you to find finished stories containing any specific words or phrases of your choosing. This was one of the features that you've been asking for and we've been eager to get it working for you. Now you can write, fold, pass, and search.

FoldingStory Milestones

How many folds would it take to reach the moon if they were all stacked one on top of the other? As always, we have no idea. We're just stoked because this month we have officially surpassed 25,000 folds. Now go to FoldingStory and help us reach deep space!

Featured Fold & Story

While the golfing season comes to an end in most parts of the Northern Hemisphere, this month's Featured Fold has us daydreaming about hitting the links: "…winging the club at his head.' I didn't want to dirty my new Taylor Burner. It was great to finally be out on the golf course. With the weather unseasonably cold I was glad to…" Read the full story if you're not feeling too chilly yourself.

This month's Featured Story follows our folk hero Jared Manatee on a journey filled with nightmares, orange jumpsuits, and race cars traveling faster than the speed of light. Read about it here and try to keep the thundering in your own heart to a minimum.

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Posted by noah at 11:56 AM | 4 comments

Comments

1 SlimWhitman's photo

It’s really nice being able to search completed stories. Thanks a lot FS team!
Right now, search apparently looks for a pattern: e.g. “manatee” which works fine for unique combinations. When I search for more common patterns I get a lot of unwanted hits. (e.g. “ant” finds “cantilever”). Also spaces and multiple words are ignored so “the end” only looks for “end”. I can imagine that a more complicated search engine is a project in itself, but the inclusion of spaces and other special characters would help.  Then one could search for ” the end.” or ” ant ” which would reduce the unwanted hits.

2 ben's photo

SlimWhitman, we’re glad you’re liking the search feature and thanks for the feedback. The current search algorithm ignores common words like the, by, of, etc., which is why the end returns the same results as end. However, if you surround a multi-word search phrase with quotes, those common words should not be ignored. Of course, a single search can also include multiple phrases as well as individual words.

For example, try this search query:
storytelling beginnings "stories by quorum" "the end"

As you point out, searching for a single word (especially one like ant that is part of many larger words), even if you surround it with one or more spaces, does not work as well. Implementing a more robust search feature is on our roadmap and your input helps us determine the areas like this that need improvement. Thanks again for the feedback and keep on folding!

3 SlimWhitman's photo

Thanks for the clarification. That works great!
Perhaps you could add a short note to the top of the Search page (or link to a help page on searches) explaining how search works (for dense people like me :-)

4 ben's photo

Good suggestion SlimWhitman. We added an item about searching to the Help page and a link to it on the Search page. When we enhance the search feature we’ll also improve its explanation.

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