Search result is the result of a search activity. The search result can be displayed in different ways and with different design.

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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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Emerging Patterns in Search and Search Results

I've noticed a few sites utilizing a full viewport search overlay in which when a search function is called, via a magnifying glass or link, the previous view is overlaid with a semi-transparent ...
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Should I change how a list is displayed based on number of options?

In a web application I work on, I have been asked to change an existing 'Owner' field from being free-form to accept only predefined values from a list. Sometimes that list can be manually configured ...
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Touch Screen equivalent (or best alternative) to a Type-Ahead Search Field

Type ahead fields are convenient in desktop applications, but what is the best alternative in a touch screen "kiosk" environment. We need to utilize the Windows OS keyboard and it becomes cumbersome ...
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Search results redirect to page when only 1 result? [duplicate]

What drawbacks might there be if when someone enters a term in search where there is only 1 result, the page is simply presented (skipping a search results display) Currently, maytag.com will ...
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How to provide a visual indication that user needs to enter at least a few characters before an ajax search begins?

We have a large amount of users (e.g. a couple of millions) and we would like to start searching only after the user types in 2 characters or more. What visual indication can be provided to users in ...
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Best order of heuristics for filtering gift suggestion search results

I have created a gift website where I want users to find gift suggestions based on a series of questions. To display the questions and search results I have two panels on the screen: Panel 1: Search ...
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Is it ok to incorporate engine-calculation and user-improvements-votes into one relevancy grade?

Our product provides search functionality as well as profile viewing. Each profile is assigned with engine-calculated tags, with a relevancy score. Example: Profile JohnDoe is assigned the tag UX with ...
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Whats the best default for search result sorting?

I'm working on a news search, and I find that sorting by the number of keyword matches tends to produce stale results, but sorting by date tends to produce irrelevant results. How do I strike a ...
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Is it odd to display search results in a modal window?

We're trying to avoid adding another page in the hierarchy. (basically a results page with a Back button). A few things.... displaying the results on the same page as the search input field isn't an ...
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Search Select View Pattern Question

We're making a monitoring application and in it we have a pattern where, in a single screen, we have search, select and view functions. The basic principle of the pattern is we filter on something, ...
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Why do we always need to integrate search with structure?

Jakob Nielsen posted in May 2009 an article called “Top 10 Information Architecture Mistakes” where he states that mistake no 2 is not having an integrated search with the structure of the site. I’ve ...
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How to display “Helpful” rate in the result page?

I am designing a website with many support articles. Each article can be rated in the following way: Was this article helpful to you? Yes | No Meaning, my information is for example: 21 out of 50 ...
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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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Should I show a grids with empty search results?

I'm working on an application where i m searching on 3 categories(All,people, company) and showing results in separate tables for all the above categories. here are the business cases: if records ...
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How to clean up this search bar

Any suggestions for how to clean up this search bar while retaining functionality would be of great help. What kind of questions should I be trying to answer in order to remove or change things ...
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Matching only the beginning of a word/phrase vs throughout the word/phrase

MongoDB doesn't have full text search (that is decently fast). Thus, I have to match strings by the beginning of a word. Thus, if a user types in over, overflow will match, but stackoverflow will not. ...
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How can I fairly order the list of products that users post on an online store?

I was wondering if someone can recommend a fair and simple way of deciding what order items should appear. How does a website like etsy.com decide which items should be listed on top of a search ...
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Is displaying search bar in Search Result/Error 404 page redundant (when it's already on sidebar/header)?

Is it redundant to display the search bar on Search Result or Error 404 page again when the website already has it on the sidebar/side navigation or on header? I've always felt it's kind of redundant ...
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Why don't people use the “I'm feeling lucky” button more often?

Have you ever seen or heard of someone using it? Back in the days when Google didn't automatically redirected you to the results page as you typed, I think not a lot of people used the "I'm Feeling ...
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Best way to Increase the number of results shown

What is the best way to allow a user to increase the number of results shown. E.g. (Display 15 25 50 100) It would be used on a system were the potential results could be anywhere from 15-300+. I'm ...
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List autocomplete delete/edit behaviour

I am not sure what these widgets are called, but they are the ones used to assigned tags to questions on SE and appear in webmail apps such as GMail and Hotmail as well: If someone could chime in ...
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Google SERP: What's the relevance to have “Time in seconds” displayed on SERP?

Whats the relevance to have the query time, e.g. "0.26 seconds" or the count of the result set, e.g. "About 8,96,000 results" on Google Search Engine Results Pages (SERP)? Does this anyway help users ...
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Should pagination be capped in web app search results?

Search results can be a funky thing to design sometimes when it comes to the value of results for a user. IN this Web App I am helping build, the global search bar, when searched, can lists results ...
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Should search results reflect recent name changes?

A user on a stock exchange website and has just searched for a company name (e.g. abc industries) that in the last week has changed its name to something else (e.g. def industries), should the search ...
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The influence of ratings on search result ranking

Our product provides a search functionality. Search results are ordered by rank. We also provide the possibility to rate the different search results: a user can (optionally) give each result a ...
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Should site search results be numbered?

Should website search results be numbered, like this? 1. Result One Lorem ipsum 2. Result Two Lorem ipsum I notice that Google's results aren't numbered -- they are just paginated. To me it seems ...
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Is there a name for the pattern of a categorized autocomplete?

Lately, I've noticed that Facebook search presents it's autocomplete options as a nice categorized list: However, I'm uncertain what to call this pattern. It reminds me a bit of what Peter Morville ...
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Two search bars on the same page or combination?

The main use of my site is video browsing. There is a search bar in the nav to search for videos. My site also has a photo section. I need to add search functionality on the photo section. I'm torn ...
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Type ahead search and URL history entry

I am designing a user management system for an intranet. It takes after most traditional interfaces for managing and editing user details. The system is designed with fall back so that users without ...
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How to display misspelled words on search results?

Since 1996 Jakob Nielsen annually publishes a list of "Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design". The top mistake in the latest list is Bad Search. It has not always been that way. In 2005 Bad Search was listed ...
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How to improve search?

Jakob Nielsen have since 1996 published the article "Top 10 Mistakes in Web Design", recently updated 2011. At the top of the list we find the mistake Bad Search. It has not always been that way. In ...
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How to display search results for different versions of an item?

The Apache Bloodhound defect tracker I'm working on may show historic results in search in a future version. That means even after an item has been altered (like the description text of a Ticket), ...
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Automatic redirect on search terms that have a defined endpoint?

Gathering search terms from analytics is a great way to identify holes or gaps in your UX - in my particular case, there are some things that I have control over, and somethings I don't - for example, ...
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Search result template and readability

This is my current layout: The sentence on top means "Results in the WHOLE SITE for: abc" "Whole site" becomes the name of the section if you're searching in a single section. Then you see each ...
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Filtering: Additive or subtractive model?

A lot of sites use an additive filtration system while there is also subtractive now is used. A difference in an interaction method: Additive First of all you need to choose a set of the options ...
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Is 10 search results per page the best?

When there are a lot of search results they often are paginated. Most search engines I know show 10 results per page. I guess this was born out of an easy technical solution or habit. But I don't know ...
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How many items should a list optimally display? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is 10 search results per page the best? We have a webshop where the products are listed in rows of 3, each being 340 pixels high. One of our categories now has 38 ...
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Whats the design rationale behind putting the pagination of the bottom end of the search results?

If you look at the search results provided by Google and Bing,they have their pagination right at the bottom (after all the search results in a page are displayed) I was just wondering about the ...
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Repeating elements of a page to ensure they're noticed?

Does anyone have any experience with the effects of repeating an element on a page to ensure it is noticed (and hopefully used!). In my case, it's the search function I want to bring to light - ...
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Finding within a displayed set: winnow or focus?

We have a list of things in which there are exactly 4 or so categories of items. This list is fairly static, but slowly growing as new items get added. Think: a list of projects, or a mailbox, or ...
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Is this layout for a food search engine easy to scan (are the important elements properly focused)?

I'm making a design for a client. This is the first time I design for a search engine. I would like to know if the elements in the design below are easy to scan (are the important ones properly ...
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When forms should be intrusive

I used to think it was always my job to make forms and interfaces as unobtrusive as possible. More recently, I've realized it is sometimes necessary to slow the user down (within reason) especially ...
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Does SEO really affect user experience in a positive way?

SEO experts will constantly sell to you that SEO not only helps make your website easier for search engines to parse and determine the content of but also that SEO improves the user experience and ...
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scoped search and search results

I have been asked to come up with an interface for a website that stores information about certifications and companies who hold those certifications. From the search logs I know users mostly search ...
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Displaying Search Results in a Confined Space

I am creating a search box where the results will be displayed in a popup below the textbox (standard layout, like the Google search box). The search term will be compared to multiple properties in ...
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Hotel Finder by name - should it take you directly to a hotel page if it matches the search, or to the search results page?

Here's the dilemma. To help users quickly find a hotel (the same could be true for a shop finder, pub finder etc) there is a search field on the homepage where they can type the search query. This ...