20524Re: [FHCNET] nFS rollout
- Apr 23, 2008Sue,
The nFS search engine probably isn't the worst one out there. I think
the Ellis Island site is worse. It isn't like the search engine is broken
and can be made perfect by finding the error in the programming . It is a
matter of writing and tweaking.
You can't just put something like PAFI in there, because, after all,
PAFI is not a search engine in the classic sense of the word. John just
wrote softtware to generate a hilligrillion individual searches taking into
account the limitations of the IGI search engine. Incorporating something
like that into the nFS software for every search isn't practical, as it
would bog down the servers or else be unacceptably slow. That's what
happened when Insight was first introduced. It threw those searches at the
server all at once, so the server promptly got a headache and quit. John had
to slow down the rate at which they were submitted.
If writing a good search engine was all that easy, I should think it
would have been done long ago, but there seems to be some trade-off between
thoroughness and speed that is a tough nut to crack.
Finally, I have long considered myself the leading realist ( pessimist?)
in regards to how well the new program will work, but you are seriously
challenging my position ;)
Would you please send me the name that nFS couldn't find. I would be
interested to know what the quirk is.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Sue Barnsley" <sbarnsley@...>
Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 11:25 AM
Subject: Re: [FHCNET] nFS rollout
> Understood, but given that this program has the worst search engine of
> anything out there you would think it would be a priority. Ten tries one
> night to find something that would only come up under a wrong input. Not
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: Leslie Vaughn <Leslievaughn@...>
> Date: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 4:12 pm
> Subject: Re: [FHCNET] nFS rollout
> To: FHCNET@yahoogroups.com
>> Changes to nFS will be implemented when they issue the next
>> version. They planned to issue the new versions every 3-4
>> months. Because of the server problems, I don't know if
>> all the energies were focused on that or if they are on schedule
>> with the new version. As has been stated, dramatic changes
>> will be forthcoming a little at a time. Rome wasn't built
>> in a day.
>> From: Sue Barnsley
>> Sent: Wednesday, April 23, 2008 10:53 AM
>> To: FHCNET@yahoogroups.com
>> Subject: Re: [FHCNET] nFS rollout
>> So with the addition of all these new temples has the search
>> engine on the NFS been fixed?
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