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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What should be fetched if you “Search” with a blank query?

Almost all sites include a Search facility. The usual format seen is one of these two: download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups The Question is If the user keeps ...
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Which UI options are suitable for a mobile search result page?

In our information dense digital world, search is crucial. So is the search result where there are a lot of help for users. But on mobile devices, the screen is very limited, which makes the use of ...
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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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Effectiveness of suggested answers on forums, like Stack Exchange

Is there data or research on how effective suggested answers are in preventing people from asking duplicate questions on online forums and Q&A sites? While some people make an effort to search, ...
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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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On a news website, should search results be ordered by relevancy or date by default?

I'm currently working on a news website and have a question regarding the search interface: should search results be ordered by relevancy or date by default? I've checked out a couple of websites ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Default images in search result

Should search results with missing images use a placeholder, or fallback to textual data available on boxed/grid view mode? I feel that using image instead of data when available makes result look ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How to bring the best search results to my users?

I am creating a website similar to yel where people add information about their businesses to show they are available for clients who need them. The business table has the following fields (business ...
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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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Need feedback on how to design a web-based search for books, authors or isbn

We have tens of thousands of authors in the database and there are sometimes over 100 books published by a single author. Each specific type of book is uniquely identified by ISBN. I want to create a ...
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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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Search results - representing/showing parent/child records

I have a couple of questions which relates to how to best show parent/child records on search results. An example first: If you have digitised 300 individual pages of an illuminated manuscript, then ...
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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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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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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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Flight comparison websites 'delaying' search results?

Is it true that price comparison websites, particularly flight comparison websites 'delay' the search results of price information so users feel that the search is comprehensive? Otherwise what is ...
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Display results from multiple sources

I'm working on a search which aggregates videos from multiple sources. Imagine that my search is searching through Metacoffe and Youtube. In my case Youtube have more relevant results but they need ...
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Search Methods, Behavior and No Results

I've recently been working on a project where toner cartridges are being sold. The current product listing only lists the manufacturer and the model number, but excludes the model name. For example, ...
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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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Searchresults on same page or on 'searchresults.php'

What is the best way for searching on a webpage. Should i show the searchresults on a new page or on the same page? (maybe with autocomplete). I personally like searchresults on the same page as my ...
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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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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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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 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. http://i.imgur.com/kK4o9.png here are the ...
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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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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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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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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 ...