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Scryer - DLP's FF Search Engine

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Lord Ravenclaw, Mar 31, 2016.

  1. Lord Ravenclaw

    Lord Ravenclaw System God Admin

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    Hey gang,

    Scryer is DLP's Fanfiction Search Engine. It provides an alternative search engine on top of FFN (and eventually other sites). It's been around a while, but it's probably about time I make a thread. As far as I know, it's the only currently active alternate search engine for FFN.

    This thread is for feedback, feature requests, and other commentary. Not all feature requests can or will be implemented.

    If Scryer has planned or unplanned downtime, this thread will be updated accordingly.

    Current features
    • Full-text search over titles, authors, and summaries
    • Multi-fandom and crossover support
    • Integrates with DLP ratings
    • Unique sortings, e.g. popular & recently updated
    • Precise filters and drilldown, e.g. to find long one-shots or all stories between 50k and a 100k words
    • Search sharing [alpha]
    • Saved searches [alpha]
    • Gender discrimination, e.g. a slash filter [alpha]

    Planned features
    • Inferred relationships from summary when not provided, common with older fics
    • AO3 search
    • Pensieve: Chrome extension to track your reading, help recommend stories to you.
    • Filtering by time to read, based on how long it's taken you to read stories in the past. Based on the Pensieve.
    • Showing new updates of stories recently read, also based on the Pensieve.
    • FFN favorite import as saved searches / recommendations.
    • DLP-integrated ratings embedded into FFN
    • Mark read stories to avoid needing to re-read.
    • Show read stories after update.

    Known issues
     
  2. NuitTombee

    NuitTombee Supreme Mugwump

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    For some reason, when I manually scroll through the drop-down menus it wants to stay at the bottom of the list.

    In both Chrome and Firefox.

    You can overcome it in the Categories drop-down but the Characters list is too long and you can't scroll up far enough so it just keeps dropping to the bottom.
     
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  3. Ankan

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    When I'm browsing with crossovers, some names might not be shown in alphabetical order. Because of that, it's a pain to browse crossovers using my phone where I can't just write the name.
     
  4. Lord Ravenclaw

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    Works for me on latest Chrome (and many earlier versions). Can you take a screenshot to try and show me what you mean?

    Yep -- it's a PITA on mobile, I'm working on fixing that now. I put this in Known Issues for now.
     
  5. NuitTombee

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    It may be my outdated OS, I'll try it on my Win 8.1 laptop in a second. Here's it in action:

    [​IMG]

    Edit: Does the same thing in Win 8.1 Chrome and Firefox.
     
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  6. Lord Ravenclaw

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    I don't have access to Win10 today, but this weekend I'll give it a shot on Windows and try to get that fixed. For now, you can type what you're looking for and hit enter.
     
  7. NuitTombee

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    I know, just reporting any errors I find.

    Edit: My mistake, the laptop is Windows 8.1.
     
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  8. MoltenCheese

    MoltenCheese Seventh Year

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    I've just checked Scryer a bit, and it seems that sorting by "DLP Review Score" isn't working properly. The order of highest/lowest scores are all messed up.

    Example
     
  9. Lord Ravenclaw

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    New release of Scryer tonight. Bugfixes + some backend work to prepare for shared search. Fairly minor frontend enhancements:

    • Stories sort by their DLP review score
    • Characters are properly sorted
    • With multiple fandoms, characters are disambiguated by fandom name
      [​IMG]
    • Select boxes were always sorting to the bottom, this was a problem with bundled jQuery 1.12.0, resolved by upgrading.

    Please check the list of known issues. If it's inaccurate, let me know!

    NuitTombee This was fixed with tonight's release.
     
  10. Lord Ravenclaw

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    Another release. All backend, but you'll like it.

    • Scryer now knows about *all* FFN fandoms and what "categories" they belong in, e.g. book/tv/movies/plays(?). This makes the next feature possible.
    • Crawler infrastructure upgraded to allow for simple addition of new fandoms. Most reasonably-sized fandoms can be ingested within 30 minutes with only a simple database toggle.
    • New fandoms added: Alex Rider, Hikaru no Go + filling out the Sci-Fi portfolio with the missing Star Trek/Stargate/StarWars fandoms. You're welcome. Edit: And Pokemon.

    New fandoms can be added on request (at my discretion). This is the appropriate thread to request them now that it's easy to do so.
     
  11. MoltenCheese

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    Is it possible for the Pokemon fandom to be added as well? I feel like being able to remove words like betrayed, Arceus, pokephilia, harem, aura, etc would really help me find some decent Pokemon fics that are buried under the plethora of bad stories.
     
  12. Lord Ravenclaw

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    It's backfilling now. It'll show up some time in the next 20-40 minutes.
     
  13. Reign

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    The github link doesn't work. I'm guessing its no longer an open project?
     
  14. Lord Ravenclaw

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  15. Researcher

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    Feature request:

    • Be able to narrow down things to a timespan. E.g. "Updated between {date} and {date}", "Published between {date} and {date}", etc.
    • Specify (average) minimum words per chapter.
     
  16. Peter North

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    I'm pretty sure you can already do all of that.

    Word cound min to max
    Chapters min to max
    And sort by update and publish date

    https://scryer.darklordpotter.net/

    I think you should scroll down the page more to see these features.
     
  17. Ankan

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    He means to sort within a specific date not just sort by date. An example is to only view fics between 1st April 2013 to 1st of April 2014
     
  18. Peter North

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    I'll concede the point about specific dates, but the rest is already there.
     
  19. Researcher

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    You misunderstand me; I want to be able to set an minimum chapter length, independent of the total length.

    If I already can do that, could you please explain to me how I should fill out the fields to only get stories with a minimum of 5,000 words/chapter, and a minimum of 25,000 words total?
     
  20. Peter North

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    Right here