Support Staff2 Posted by Greg Avola on 13 May, 2012 02:41 PM
This is definitely an issue we that we are finding more and
more. Our search is fuzzy for a reason - most of our search results
come in that way, and as more people check-in through the night,
the "fuzzy" search terms, get "fuzzier" as you imagine.
However - it seems like your problem is when you try to attach a
beer to the brewery "The Brew Company" on the the Add Beer
I totally understand the need for fuzzy searches and the
reasoning behind them. Trust me, I am usually more than grateful
for the search's forgiveness when I'm checking in my beers.
I wanted to check-in to a beer called "Blackout Stout" brewed by
"The Brew Company". I can search for "Blackout Stout" and this
returns many results but none are from The Brew Company. I am then
invited to create a new entry for this beer.
However I decide instead to search for "The Brew Company" and
see if the beer is listed that way as this is often quicker
particularly if a brewery has a relatively small range of brews and
the name of the beer alone returns a lot of fuzzy search
If in this instance I simply enter "The Brew Company" then I
will be presented with a long list of potential fuzzy matches, but
none are from the brewery I am looking for. In this instance I then
begin to add the beer.
As you point out, I have to search for the brewery as a part of
adding a beer. Now I am stuck because there is nothing I can type
in the search for brewery box that will return the correct entry
for The Brew Company.
I can understand that it is a consequence of The Brew Company
having a name that contains words that are highly common in a lot
of brewery names and that's where the fuzzy search stops being
helpful. Unable to find the brewery despite knowing it's there in
Untappd somewhere I can now either continue and create a new
brewery causing a duplicate in the database or I can abandon the
check in and give up. As far as I'm aware this behaviour is common
to the web and iOS app.
Perhaps if the search facility also allowed us to enclose the
search terms in quotes so that it looked for a particular phrase
instead of fuzzy matching words? That way we could use the existing
search most of the time and the phrase search if we need to.
Phew, I've jabbered on a bit here but I hope it helps clarify
(In the process of checking my facts whilst composing this reply
I noticed that there are duplicates for The Brew Company already,
I'll put in a merge request after I've sent this.)
Support Staff4 Posted by Greg Avola on 13 May, 2012 04:17 PM
I think this is a typical problem that most people do - and I've
seen the search results to prove this.
Most users search by "Beer Name" or "Brewery Name". With common
names, such as "Victor" by "Weyerbacher", if you search "Victor"
you get all the Victory results - if you search Weyerbacher, you
get tons of results but not the one you are looking for.
The solution is search "Brewery Name + Beer Name" would return
the results you are looking for.
We can looking improve the Brewery searching on the Beer
Creating Page. I can log a bug and look into this.