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post Aug 22 2007, 03:26 AM
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QUOTE (exorcyze @ Aug 21 2007, 06:38 AM) *
Very nice, the search is a much needed feature!

Couple things :
* Opera 9.22 build 8801 : The background of the search box does not cover all the results ( only about the first 4 ).

* In the Lesson Suggestions list ( before results are shown ), it may be nice to make the instructor name clickable from there like it is in the search results to quickly filter if there's a particular instructor there you want to find lessons for. Same with the "section", IE: Solo lesson.
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post Aug 22 2007, 04:05 AM
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post Aug 22 2007, 08:21 PM
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QUOTE (fkalich @ Aug 22 2007, 04:21 AM) *
what exactly is wrong with simple and effective solutions to problems? new nifty wiz bang stuff may seem neat at first, but the newness passes, and then the issue is, have you made life simple for the clients.? I don't see it.
The problem is having to jump through hoops to get to what we are looking for. All you did was put up a different hoop.

edit: Also, am I the only one who is annoyed at "suggestions" put there on the web site? Real waste of real estate, if you are concerned with the existing clients. Maybe It looks good in a marketing sense, but that does not do anything for us who are already here, and it uses up valuable front page real estate.

This being said, I love the content of the site, the teachers are great, Pavel, Marcus, everybody. I am very happy. This all to me is not that important, the content is what matters to me. Maybe your focus here is on marketing. I think Kris is pretty sharp, and maybe that should be your concern. It is not like any of us are leaving because we don't like the navigation system.

Good feedback!

However, you don't mention what simple and effective solution you are talking about? The point, as we see it, of using a simple search box, instead of some type of advanced search with a myriad of choices, is just that: making it simple and effective. You want blues? Search for blues! You want all lessons by Pavel? Search for Pavel! You want beginner lessons? Search for beginner! Simplicity, and not making the users having to think of what to do, that was our plan.
The way it's implemented, with ajax etc, is just eyecandy and doesn't really matter, to be honest. We could just as well have made it display the results on a different page, but there is a point to staying on the same page as well. So anwyay, as I said that's secondary - what's important is the search itselft!

The suggestions are currently (remember that it's beta) simply the latest lessons, exactly what will be shown there on the front page hasn't really been decided yet, though it will hopefully be useful to both new and old users. I agree that we absolutely don't want to waste that space, neither for GMC newbies nor veterans.

However, the real point (when it comes to search at least) of the right column is this: after having made a search and clicked on one of the results, you go to that lesson. At this point you won't have to search again to get back to your search results, you will get the search results displayed in the right column! That way, you can click through the results list untill you find what you are really looking for. And you can also easily get the complete search results list in a window again if you like.

Also, there will be room for bookmarks etc in the right column as well, in the future.

Thanks again for the feedback, please keep it up! smile.gif

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post Aug 22 2007, 08:24 PM
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post Aug 22 2007, 09:12 PM
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Henrik -

Outstanding job!!!
The search feature is something that was LONG OVERDUE.

Contrary to a previous post, it does make things simpler. Being able to find lessons by instructor or topic was something GMC has needed for a long time. And with the addition of several new instructors it has become even more important to have the ability to search.

Sometimes I stumble onto a post or lesson and when I come back a day or two later to continue, it's very difficult to find the same post/lesson.

And my final comment, the search is FAST, VERY FAST. That's awesome! Alot of sites are extremely slow when performing a search. But the GMC search is almost instant.


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post Aug 22 2007, 09:32 PM
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Yes, I am afraid I (respectfully) disafree with fkalich - when you look at the before and after in terms of process it is a lot simpler.

ITEM: I want to find Mrcus' winding roads lesson.


Click Video Pages

While not found
Select my best guess as to which section it is in
Page through all entries in section

The loop above usually gets me about 4 iterations, each iteration is 3 - 4 clicks


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The DHTML may or may not be flashy (personally I think it rocks!) but the overall improvement in ease of finding lessons cannot be denied!

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