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Nested blocks in a vertical layout This pattern tested very well with our users. It uses common language to explain what you are looking for and allows any level of complex grouping where individual blocks can be moved around, changed from AND to OR, or deleted. This level of clarity does take up quite a bit of space but not too much for most simple ...


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Frankly, this is contextual. For a single word, generally 2-4 letters are kept as minimum to initiate the auto complete feature. There are at least two reasons for this. One being the performance as you pointed out. There is no need to fire up a filtering call when you know that the resultant dataset will be huge. Second being, the number of results you ...


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Users First you need to know who are the users and if this approach fits their needs and skills. For most business users and/or logic is hard to understand and should be avoided. Technicians or clerks in finance, accounting, ... are used to such a logic. UI Depending on the requirements several implementations are conceivable: Simple filter: Implicit ...


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I don't totally understand the difference between old and new here. I do understand that it's not always acceptable to post visual reference of proprietary systems. Here's a shot in the dark: Providing cues In app cues are critical with this kind of change. Providing some form of contextual help when results fall below a reasonable level will go a long ...


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Is it only me or that the textual option you used is better than any of the graphical suggestions above? In my opinion, this is too complex to be solved solely by some sophisticated graphical arrangement. Now, in this point you have to ask yourself, who is your target user? I guess this is meant for some professional/experienced user, not for a novice one. ...


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A difference should be made between exact results for auto-completion/filter and inexact. A colleague complained to me that in most cases it is very dificult for him to look for or use/mention his own profile on many sites, because when he has completely typed his name, auto-complete doesn't kick in. His name is Li. One of the most used names around the ...


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It depends on the specific use case, but there is no agreed-upon minimum number of characters that is required before doing filtering. If too many results can get returned, limit the initial set, preferably to the most likely (if that can be determined), or some other metric like most recent. If you use Chrome, go ahead and try it. Enter a single character ...


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Just a note to add to @merqri answer: you may consider a feature, in which user typing a filter string gets information (it can be an approximation), how many results there are. If the number of results is narrowed down to eg. five, you may show them even after two characters. Take a look at MS Excel autocomplete feature: you have some texts (strings) in ...


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Given the complementary nature of the two functions, I would visually place them next to each other, with a tooltip or some other text hint educating on what result can be expected from each interaction. Don't make the user go in multiple directions to "vote" on a selection. To support a user's ability to undo, I would also explore a global "clear" or ...


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Groundwork first: To streamline the process and increase efficiency you need to do some groundwork first to address the root issues, search mechanics will follow. You can see the below as either as a three step process or separate work streams that you might need to focus on: 1. Focus on the data: You need to assess the quality of your data as this is ...


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In case of non-techsavvy users, this might be a good way: Whats about making your search criteria like common language. All links are changeable with a dropdown list or similar. Inputfields for numbers or text.


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I suggest keeping meta data on the type of each tag (i.e. social/primary) and source (i.e. Twitter/Facebook/etc...). This would allow you to weight the value of each tag later and make more informed programmatic searches or analysis.



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