Tempest Nathan wrote:Feedback is always appreciated!
First off, THANK YOU for the incredibly speedy reply! Amazing to see such a thoughtful reply in such a short time
Secondly, my goodness I didn't mean to write such a long reply, but I hope you can bear with me here and see if there is any useful logic in any of the following scenarios. Unfortunately, I am not a web developer and have no knowledge of the technical side of how this stuff all works.
Tempest Nathan wrote:Unfortunately, your main suggestions involving detection of cities with no results... are not possible. We literally have no way of seeing what is in the window the comes from craigslist. (It's a browser security measure. You wouldn't want one site being able to see what you're doing on a completely different site, right?) So there's really nothing we can do there.
Theoretically we could do something that launches a bunch of tabs at once, but I don't think we're going to. The majority of people who try to use DR now are already somewhat overwhelmed by it, and we don't want to make it worse.
Okay I think I can see your point on the security issue. I was wondering to myself as I was thinking about these feature suggestions whether a site that could automatically open a series a tabs (potentially a hundred or more, if allowed
) would be a security issue. But, I figured if the current implementation has the power to open two new windows, formatted side-by-side, it seemed reasonable to me that there was no greater security risk by adding additional tabs to one of those windows. I did not really think how the security issue was really more about one site being able to see what you're doing on a completely different site, and I am glad you have clarified that.
I think what you are saying is that, in Direct Results Mode, when the user types in a search term, SearchTempest isn't looking at that search term... that, in fact, the search term box isn't really used by SearchTempest at all, other than as a text placeholder. Direct Results Mode simply shoots whatever text is written in that box over to the next Craigslist city page when the User hits Next City, then the next, then the next, and so on. Each sequential Craigslist city is fed that text in the Direct Results search term box. Then each Craigslist page performs its own search using the term written in that box, but SearchTempest doesn't actually do anything with the search term, other than conveniently and temporarily hold it there for the user. Am I even close on this? Am I even making any sense? lol
Did the previous implementation of Combined Results Mode (back when there was no "iframes" restrictions) in fact "see" a user's search term? Was the search term used directly by SearchTempest to generate results? The current implementation of Combined Results Mode automatically closes cities with zero results, and if I remember correctly, the "old" Combined Results Mode also did this flawlessly. I was going to ask if this means that SearchTempest still *does* see what you are doing (in this case with Google, where the current Combined Results come from, instead of directly with Craigslist), but I think I realize that the distinction is that SearchTempest is actually doing the direct interacting with Google, not the user... after all, the user is typing the search term into SearchTempest, and SearchTempest is doing the work of Google searching on the user's behalf. Is this a good analogy? Alternately, when using Direct Results Mode, the SearchTempest site does not actually do the searching, nor does it see the search terms input by the user; it simply provides a handy way for the user to input one search phrase sequentially and *directly* through the list of Craigslist cities. Is my understanding correct?
***EDIT*** Uh, I'm gonna save some of that Librarian analogy stuff for another post... Yikes! lol
Tempest Nathan wrote:
I do understand the value for power users like yourself though, and I apologize. That said, we do have a power option that I think will work much better for you: our RSS Feeds tool. If you're looking through hundreds of cities, especially every day, this will save you boatloads of time compared to Direct Results, and shouldn't miss anything. Check it out: http://www.searchtempest.com/faq.php#rss
I've never used an RSS reader, so I suppose it is time for me to look into that
It's really late and my eyes are crossing...If you've made it this far, congratulations! Depending on whether I am understanding these concepts correctly, I hope to adjust my future feedback for the site in a way that may yet have some meaningful value.