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Discussion in 'BackYardHerds - News, Information & Feedback' started by Nifty, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. Dec 25, 2016
    casportpony

    casportpony Overrun with beasties

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    I will have to explore this new feature. :D
     
  2. Feb 5, 2017
    greybeard

    greybeard True BYH Addict

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    To be honest, after it being here a little over a month, I find it 'not very useful'. I understand the objective of it, but think whatever the software is using for key words is just too broad--seemingly just matches the first verb in some instances--the first noun in others.
    Example: in the thread about selling timber to pay for fencing it listed:
    Selling/buying property
    Selling bunnies
    Considering selling my horse
    Selling handmade crafts
    Selling milk



     
  3. Feb 5, 2017
    Goat Whisperer

    Goat Whisperer Herd Master

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    I have noticed it's been a little hit-or- miss.
    But it really depends on the topic. I do think it's a good feature to have though. It is very broad.

    Here is an example:
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    So yes, very broad, but I think it could still help other members.
     
  4. Feb 5, 2017
    NH homesteader

    NH homesteader Herd Master

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    I agree, some of both. I have seen a lot on diseases and symptoms that have been relevant like that example, which has been helpful. There are some off the wall ones too though!
     
  5. Feb 5, 2017
    goatgurl

    goatgurl True BYH Addict

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    it will be interesting to see how useful it is. going to give it a try though.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2017
    Latestarter

    Latestarter Novice; "Practicing" Animal Husbandry Moderator

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    Don't think it "hurts" anything by being available... May help, may not, if it does; great, if not; no biggie. :idunno
     
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  7. Feb 6, 2017
    norseofcourse

    norseofcourse True BYH Addict Golden Herd Member

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    Most of the time I don't scroll down to see the list of similar threads, but when I have, I've also noticed they are usually not very similar. I wonder if it would help, if the feature's search was confined to the forum (or sub-forum?) which that post was in (such as 'Feeding time - goats', or 'Diseases and injuries - sheep').

    And as latestarter said, no harm having it even if it doesn't work perfectly.
     
  8. Feb 6, 2017
    Nifty

    Nifty True BYH Addict Administrator

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    Thanks for he feedback!

    The system looks for words in the titles of the threads, so if the thread title / subject is super vague, then it's going to have a hard time finding good matches.

    I just changed one setting so that the system only looks for matches within the same section. I'm curious if that will make things better (since it will only match hopefully similar topics) or worse (since there will be fewer topics to chose from).

    Let me know what you think.
     
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  9. Feb 6, 2017
    lcertuche

    lcertuche Loving the herd life

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    I think it will be helpful. Thanks for your effort to improve our search.