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There are 2 main ways for showing search results for different content types: Single search result listing Discrete result sections for each item type -- Single search result listing Used when users want to find something but don't know or are less concern about the item type. This approach better suits browsing of search results and is favoured by ...


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I see two situations here: If the search is for an exact term and all search results are equally value, I would show several lists -- one list per content type (similar to the OS X spotlight search that was mentioned by BDD) If, however, search is inexact and you can order your results from "best match" to "worst match", then it makes sense to show all ...


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Well, I guess it depends on how simple you want this search to be. Are users going to be able to filter? Is it going to be a drop down search or a something like Google, where if you search, the whole page becomes your results? Is the website going to be responsive and allow users to view the data on their phone or is it strictly a desktop website? I'm ...


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The convention on search result pages is to present the actual content looking almost the same. The reason behind it is that's it easier to scan content and find keywords representing the thing the user is searching for. Filtering search shouldn't be done in the actual result list but in a faceted navigation tool to the left of the search result listing. ...


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Short Term Trend spamming probably wont be a problem early on, you'll have trusted users who'll build good content. At the start the people using your site will be early adopters, supportive friends and product evangelists who will be more interested in using your product rather than trying to spam with it I'd advise that in early stages you concentrate on ...


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Maybe you can just plainly explain to the users, why you need them to precisely tag the videos (i.e. for the video search function). Also provide tag hints and prompt a window, just after the user uploaded a video, to make this process as fast as possible. Another idea is ask relevant questions (for eg. "What words would best describe your video?"), to aid ...


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If the user is required to add tags, it would be great to apply a couple tags automatically for them in the tag section. (You could "force" them to use these tags by not letting the user delete them, but you should make sure if you implement that way that you have a very accurate system for automatically assigning tags). Then, you can give the user the ...


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I would consider returning all the different types of results in a list. Each content type should have unique appearance and be easily identifiable. To assist users with this type of identification you could consider using labels (label with the appropriate content type). Another identification aid could be icons (if you can find/design meaningful icons ...


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Grid views can indeed allow for bigger thumbnails - although not necessarily, as the height of a row on a list view could be the same height as a cell in a grid view. The main differences, IMHO, are: Grid view offers a greater number of thumbnails to the user, at any one time, than list view given the same screen real estate. This is because a list view ...


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I would use 'Search offices' as the placeholder inside the input, and remove the text in the button and use a search icon instead. This way you would have just one hint, and it's a better recognised pattern.


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I would create a tag (badge) for each chosen filter. So you have a good overview of the current filter setup and are able to deselect/clear filter options with the "X". So you put the dropdown selection and text input value filter options on the same level of interaction. download bmml source – Wireframes created with Balsamiq Mockups


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Introducing a new object rather having the element there for this context users might miss the functionality and might require memorability and learn ability to recognize and interact, Hence the easier of doing this would be when a user enters the word to search, introduce a new icon which represent "replace" next to search icon, this would enable the users ...


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You should narrow the search scope. Guide the user through major steps so you don't need a lot of filters. Let your system remember the choices for the user. That way s/he always knows the way back. Users will get stressed/frustrated when they have to choose between too many filters. Result... users will leave you site.


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Both these answers are correct. Essentially, what you're after is a "search within this section" functionality against a "search entire site" functionality. Both the options above give a good design solution to this predicament however one is a web based design from an extremely reputable company that has studied and implemented hundreds of thousands of ...


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How about one search field and two search buttons, one for the global search and the other one for the current section? Another way to do that that could be worthwhile considering is using some sort of selector, before the search field, to explain the search being made. This is the way Amazon support searches. To be honest, Amazon has a number of sections ...


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You're right, having two search bars isn't just, not visually appealing, it also can be a little confusing. You can try displaying options of where to search after the user has actually clicked on the search field/button, something like



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