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Subject: WL search
Date Posted: 10/25/2016 9:00 AM ET
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From time to time I check my queue position for a book on my WL. If I use the title for a WL search I often get no result but the same book will come up with a search by author. Seems odd.

Of course search by ISBN works but I don't always have it handy and it seems silly to need to first search for ISBN in order to get a result on a WL search.

Date Posted: 10/25/2016 6:40 PM ET
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You mean when you are already in your Wish List, and use the little Search field at the top of the Wish List, right?

I search there all the time, and I've never had a title search not work.

The main thing that I always forget is that the "Enter" button does not work in that field, so you have to put in what you want to search in the field and then click the "Search" button with the mouse instead of just hitting Enter on your keyboard instead.

Enter works in other Search fields on the site, but not in the Search field on the Wish List page.

Could that be what you are seeing?

Date Posted: 10/25/2016 8:19 PM ET
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No, I do click the search button but whilst author name works and brings up the very book I'm checking queue postion for, most times the title brings up no results.

Date Posted: 10/25/2016 9:36 PM ET
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Hmm, I just tried searching for two different books on my WL by title and they all came up. Can't help but wonder if it is browser related perhaps? I'm using an iPad with Safari and it works for me...

Date Posted: 10/26/2016 9:32 AM ET
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Sometimes I think every odd thing can only be tied to Win 10, certainly no improvement over Win 7.

Date Posted: 10/26/2016 4:26 PM ET
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What's the book's ISBN, and what search word(s) are you using?

Date Posted: 10/26/2016 8:21 PM ET
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Patty, I'm only doing a search of my own WL to check my queue position. Yes, ISBN always works but it's not usually on the tip of my tongue or on the tips of my typo-prone fingers. I'm using the title, The Road to Little Dribbing, and the author, Bill Bryson. The former doesn't work, at least not on my WIn 10 computer, but the the latter does. I only posted to see if others had the same problem and apparently not. And the total answer to my search is that I'm in the #1 queue postion for that book so sooner or later I should get to read it.



Last Edited on: 10/26/16 8:22 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 10/26/2016 9:38 PM ET
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I have that book on my WL too so I did search by title and it did pop up for me, so it seems it is just you/your computer/your browser. How frustrating for you!

Date Posted: 10/27/2016 6:41 AM ET
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Marya - It has nothing to do with your browser, Win10, etc.  I just searched your WL with what you typed:  The Road to Little Dribbing and you're right, it doesn't show.  It's b/c the title is actually The Road to Little Dribbling.  When you search by the correct spelling of Dribbling, it shows.  That being said - THIS IS WHAT I ABSOLUTELY HATE (yelling my frustration here!) about the search function on this site - the search function programming is not structured in a way to allow for insignificant little typos like that and this is a prime example.   If I (mis-)typed the exact same thing on any other site - Amazon, Google, Barnes and Noble, etc., it would still manage to find what book I'm looking for, but nope, not here.  Gotta have it exactly right or you won't find anything.  And forget about finding anything if the typo actually exists in the data entered here in the system, for example, when someone posts a book without ISBN and makes a typo in the title or author's name, you'll never find that specific book if you don't make the same typo. 

Rant over - sorry, just one of the things that has always bugged me when I'm searching for something here.   It's not just the WL search function, try typing the same title that Marya did (without the L in Dribbling) in the main search function at the top of every page and you'll get no results there either.



Last Edited on: 10/27/16 6:56 AM ET - Total times edited: 2
Date Posted: 10/27/2016 9:09 AM ET
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You're right, Tibben, but this has happened to me with other titles. Dribbling is not the first time. And, yes, it happens in most searches if thhe spelling is the tiniest bit off. But on a WL search titles often yield no result for me. I can't be mistyping all of them, or can I?

Date Posted: 10/27/2016 2:15 PM ET
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I'll jump on the Search frustration bandwagon ... it seems so difficlut to find new titles here.  I can't site a specific example right now, but often I will learn of a new title and search by book title (spelled correctly) or author name - no results.  If I then search by ISBN, the title magically appears ... with the title and author's name spelled exactly as I entered them.  Why?  Why?  Why?

Date Posted: 10/28/2016 12:58 AM ET
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Date Posted: 10/28/2016 1:04 AM ET
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When I'm searching my Wish List, I never type the whole title. That's WAY more typing than you need.

Like if I was searching for "The Road to Little Dribbling"

I would type either road, little, or dribbling and use that to search (depending if I thougth I had a lot of titles under road, or little, I might select dribbling as the word that will bring back the least amount of results.)

You will find that all three searches will bring back the book you want, with more or less other results as well.

For a "whole site" search, I often type just part of the title with  part of the authors name.

It's WAY more efficient than trying to type in exact titles.

For example, if I am searching for "Blood of Innocents" by Mitchell Hogan, I type "blood mitchell" into the search. OR "innocents hogan". Or any combination of words from the title and names of the author. It will all bring the book back.

Try it ... you'll see.

So, my advice is, when it comes to searching on PBS, less is more.



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Date Posted: 10/28/2016 4:18 PM ET
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oftentimes people will recommend a book to me, but they get a small preposition wrong, then I end up in the same boat as Marya with her one little misspelling.