a technique for accessing information organized according to a faceted classification system, allowing users to explore a collection of information by applying multiple filters

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Which is the correct way to implement faceted search filtering: links vs checkboxes?

Is there a difference between implementing filtering options using links (or radio buttons), ie. you can only check one, versus using checkboxes? For example: Youtube uses links, you can only select ...
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Should we explicitly or implicitly save filtered search criteria for re-use?

We are redesigning filters in our file search engine. Currently there are 3 options like file source, size and, date added. We observed that many users use the same combination of filters every time ...
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Combining breadcrumb and selected facets/filters into one

Given a site with faceted-search, etc. I want to display the facets a user has selected, not only as part of the faceted-navigation controls (left vertical) but also at the top of the page. Showing ...
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How to link to faceted search results when using AJAX/async UI?

When you have a traditional faceted search that uses AJAX the user experience is generally good because there is immediate feedback on the current state of the system. The user will know what other ...
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New search pattern for eCommerce website, will it work?

I'm trying a new kind of search navigation (sort of tag based) where a user selects already populated options (relationships and occasion) and search. Already populated options are on the left ...
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Best UX approach for filtering product categories?

Lets say you have a typical set of product search results, and a typical sidebar with various checkboxes for you to filter and limit your search results. Something like the example of the left of this ...
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Best practices for no search results

When no search results are returned, it's often useful to provide users with a productive next instead of a dead end in their journey. It's all very context driven, but here's a few of mine... If ...
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Drop-down list with advanced search

I am creating a control to allow users to select an item from a list. The number of items can vary greatly - anywhere from a handful up to millions. A drop-down with autocomplete functionality seemed ...
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Faceted Search and Infinite Scrolling Together

Is it a good idea to use faceted/refining search with infinite scrolling in terms of user experience? If so, would it be a good idea to statically position the search/filter component on a web page? ...
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Search/Filter for automotive search

I'm creating a search form for an automotive website, and we want to use auto-suggest to recommend filter sets to refine the data. I've never designed search results that also incorporate search ...
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UX for filtering a table of data

I have a table of data that can be filtered by name, location or status. The data of each of these columns will be obvious to the administrators of the Portal (i.e that the first column is child's ...
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Faceted search: dealing with poor data quality / incomplete classification

I'm working on a new interface for an existing set of data. The goal is to allow users to find & explore "activities". There are currently about 1500 of these activities in the system and they all ...
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Filtering and Sorting Names and Location

First post here. I have read some relevant posts on filtering and sorting. I feel I need more help in figuring this out. So I have this table data where there are 4-5 columns of different data ...
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A complex form within constrained space

We have a modal in our app where people can search for products within various user flows (in this instance it's for connect products in your inventory to your Amazon listings, so you can keep orders ...
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The Best Solution for Faceted-Search in Account Area

My company is launching a new membership site that displays data in a list. As the designer, I'm trying to design the account area with the user in mind. I'm having trouble getting the filters for the ...
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Price sliders vs. range links as a faceted search form element for filtering on price

When comparing a front-end jquery slider widget against a list of links that filter by price range, within the context of faceted searches that reduce the number of items in a catalogue, which of the ...
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When designing (UX/IA) a property search system what are some important things to remember?

I'm designing the UX for a property search system. The platform is FSIS. I am basically looking for best practices in doing a Faceted Search while being able to incorporate many refiners based off the ...
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Show filtered results in real time?

We are building a product category page with a couple of filter options to let the user remove uninteresting products. The filter options are for example color, size, specific product features etc. ...
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How should these filters work?

I have a product page with product reviews which can be filtered. The top level filters are by review type: All, videos, product reviews and stories. Product reviews and stories can then be filtered ...
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What's the best option to reset a filter?

I'm currently working on a faceted search and I'm wondering what is the best way to reset a filter. Please see my sketches below for a better understanding: 1. Add a 'All' checkbox at the top of the ...
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How can I create a sense of discovery or serendipity at finding a product?

I have a large catalogue of products which users can filter using a combination of attributes to find products that meet their needs. It's as efficient as you'd expect from any ecommerce store, so ...
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Feedback on filter chosen

I'm working on a design of iOS app. It allows to search some restaurant typing the street or city. If one wants to refine this search, there are some filters (like kitchen, medium price, ticket ...
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Photo galleries for profile photos

Has anyone seen or can anyone envision a good way to sort many (50+) photos which are profile photos of staff members? This is different from a traditional photo gallery because the emphasis isn't on ...
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Filtering Results: Parallel Selection: Checkboxes vs Links

I'm trying to resolve a discussion with a colleague and gain some insight into a common practice for search refinement behavior. I've read Best Practices for Designing Faceted Search Filters and seen ...
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Making Creative Commons licenses easy to understand

I have been tasked in making some licenses on a search portal more understandable to our users. These licenses are listed as facets, so that the user can filter out which licenses they are interested ...
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How to display a faceted-search menu where categories could contain just 1 or over 100 choices?

I've been tasked with the following. Review organization of search facets at left. we have an issue where certain facets have >10 options and can have N options define/design a new UI/UX to handle ...
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How should I refer to these two groups of filters?

On a search results page, there are a bunch of filters that are in two separate levels. Let's say the first level choices are Wiki, Files, People, Projects, Books, and Everything. The second level ...
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Dynamically Adding Fields For Searching Upon User Entry

I'm implementing a 'query builder' for searching data in my application. The users will select the table they are searching in, the field in the table, and the value to search for. Here's what it ...
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How to “sort out” a lot of sorting options?

Let's say your website sells MP3 songs. Your "browse music" page is key to helping visitors find what they want. The problem is that you have 15 possible column options. How do you display all the ...
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Tag filters for grid layout?

I have an irregular "metro-style" grid of items of various types: Blog posts, press releases, reports etc. To the left, the user should be able to filter the grid by Topic and Content type. The topic ...
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How to combine Faceted Search with 'browsing' action?

I don't have a UX background, so forgive me if I am missing something. I am working on a small demo, to explore browsing a list of items (movies) combined with faceted search. I was wondering what ...
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Optional 'free text' search in a primarily category based search

Our search UI allows users to search across multiple categories: Day, Type, Area, etc. Each selected criteria is ANDed. We also allow a free-text search option, however we expect this to be a rarer ...
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What controls to fix this Filter?

https://www.scic.com/schedule I'm looking to replace the filters on the right side of the page and need to know some of the possiblities. For the date selector, I'm looking at using: ...
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Are ''updating results ,please wait' modals really needed to indicate a change on a search-results page?

Consider a search page (say kayak.com for a good example) , with lots of options/filters. Filtering updates the results through Ajax, so without a page refresh. On most of those sites, after ...
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What's an ideal method for sorting search facets?

(I'll be the first to slap myself for asking for an "ideal" method -- I'm really looking for thoughts on how to think about this to make sure I'm considering the options for my specific scenario.) ...
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Alternatives to range sliders for small, finite input lists

For a real estate search, the user can specify bedroom count with valid values being 1,2,3,4,5+ or any continuous range in-between (e.g. 2-3) and I'm looking for a way to represent that other than a ...
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When searching for a course online, which start-date term has more meaning? Now or Continuous?

We're overhauling our Course Search service and the question has come up: Which has more meaning? Continuous or Now. Our UI allows choosing a course start-date from a selection menu of fixed dates. ...
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Only show table columns when users are filtering its specification?

The initial table display shows the required information like name and price. name | price If the user wants to filter the product on a specification like weight, the table adds a weight column ...
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Designing a knowledge base search

In the implementation of our companies new website, we have a help page which lists all of our knowledge base articles and allows users to search through them to allow them to help themselves before ...
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Faceted search - auto vs manual update of results

Question about faceted search. What should happen when user clicks on some filter ? should it update results immediately or is it better to click on some button ? Examples: Lets say about Amazon. I ...
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Negate Search Facets

As part of our product we have the ability to facet search queries - these lists may be thousands of items long. One of the things that has come up is the desire to be able to say show me results ...
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What is the best way to select the apparel size?

I'm redesigning my filters and product page of an online apparel store. Do you think I should display all sizes and use radio button or using a drop down menu to select the size ?
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Should an empty search box return an error message or all results?

I'm currently working on 2 different websites: an events and a news websites. On both sites, a search interface with filter options is provided. Initially, the search engine was build to return an ...
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How to design linked filters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Best practices for no search results I always get angry when I refine my search applying filters in any website and I get the 'no results' page. Why do they show me an ...
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Simple implementation for search operators (Begins with, Contains, = etc.)

Wanted to get your input on different methods for implementing these sort of operators for search fields. I've seen it done mostly by adding an extra dropdown option before each field with these ...
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Is there a best practice for allowing a user to define defaults for faceted navigation?

I'm working on an application with faceted navigation. The application will be visited often by the same group of users. A certain combination of checkboxed facets are selected by default. I would ...
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let users know results don't match filters

We have a page where the users can select filters and then click search to see results. In the time between the user changing the filters and clicking search, should I indicate the the result don't ...
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Suggestions of mobile alternatives to a horizontal multiple dropdown filter system

I am currently working on mobile/responsive facelift to an old static website. The original site uses a number of drop down menus arranged in a horizontal bar to allow the selection of multiple ...
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Faceted search - How to handle a sub-layer of filters

I'm currently working on a responsive faceted search. The user should be able to refine its search by region but also by country (within a region). I'm wondering what is the best way to handle this ...
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Filtering free text search with faceted search navigation

Once a user makes a free text search from the homepage, we aim to predict the branch and leaf with tree view. When the user selects the predicted tree view search query or types a unique search query ...