[maemo-community] Changing the meaning of the "Go" button

From: Dave Neary dneary at maemo.org
Date: Fri Jun 25 13:19:22 EEST 2010

In a standard mediawiki install, there are 2 search buttons - "Go" and
"Search". "Go" will go directly to a page if you enter its name, and
only fall back to search results in the case of problems and "Search
will always search for all matching page titles & page contents first.

In Maemo's wiki, to match the style of the rest of maemo.org, we went
with only one search button, and chose "Go".

This is something of an issue if you're looking for a page which
contains something but there is a different page with exactly the same
text. Bluetooth, for example, has a page, but you might be looking for
all sorts of content if you're looking for Bluetooth - from how to do
DUN networking to how to develop with bluez.

I'd like to swap the behaviour to switch to the fulltext search by
default, and have people click through if their search term corresponds
to an exact page name match.

There is a problem with this for pages with very short names. Qt is the
canonical example here - if you search for Qt in the Maemo wiki you get
no hits, but if you hit "Go" you get to the Qt page, which lists other

How do people feel about this change? Positive or negative? I won't
change it before Monday so you have some time to protest.

maemo.org docsmaster
Email: dneary at maemo.org
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