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We just launched our new search! Some notes:

1) We have set up a dedicated Elasticsearch cluster, which is awesome. It's also highly customizable, so if you don't think you're getting the results you should be getting, let us know what search term you used and what you expected to find; it might help us make adjustments.

2) The new search has auto-complete and auto-suggest, so you can see suggestions as you type! We can manually designate priority suggestions, so feedback there is helpful to.

3) Each category has unique Advanced search options you can explore. For example if you are searching Audio specifically, advanced options include licensing settings and song length.

4) Advanced options also let you search for exact phrase matches, title only matches, etc. if you find the results to be too broad.

5) You can now search through blogs, many of which weren't even accessible to Google search in the past! This was due to an onslaught of spam blog posts between 2011-2013 that were damaging our Google rank. I am STILL working to clean out the spam from this period, there were sweatshops literally working around the clock to spam NG and we have to pay a bunch of money for services that help mitigate that now.

The new search also works well on mobile, go have a look. We've solved a few iOS bugs in the process; your browser will no longer zoom in when you tap the search bar and our header will no longer be way oversized if you tilt your phone into landscape mode.

Upcoming update: On mobile, clicking the magnifying glass will open the search field on top of the header instead of under it. This will create additional room for the auto-complete / suggestions underneath. We also need to tune up the results page a bit.

Also coming soon: A new header, new user pages and sitewide https!

After that we need to update content pages to the new layout once and for all, as well as the forums, PMs and various leftover pages. Then we'll finally be completely mobile friendly, https and going head to head with lots of billion dollar websites.

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These updates are thanks to the ongoing Support from the community!

Thank you everyone who has become a supporter and I hope many more of you consider jumping aboard. Ad rates are trending towards zero and with enough support we can move away from ads completely. Imagine if you got paid for your content views and never had to worry what advertisers thought of it! Not to mention no ugly ads on your pages. We really need to get there.

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Need Input

Finally this is just one mock-up but what would you think if you came to NG and it looked something like this:

New Search has launched!


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The new Search is a thing of beauty, Tom. Really looking forward to the other new features coming down the pipe, as well!

Will this new search functionality be extending to all areas of Newgrounds? It's on the Front Page and main Portal pages, but the old style still comes up on individual submissions and places like here in the Forum threads.

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:04:51 Reply

Awesome!


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:09:18 Reply

That screenshot looks awesome! One of the things I prefer about the mobile over desktop is the little red numbers for notifications- looks really cool on the desktop version too!


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:09:57 Reply

At 9/6/17 11:09 AM, KungFuSpaceBarbarian wrote: That screenshot looks awesome! One of the things I prefer about the mobile over desktop is the little red numbers for notifications- looks really cool on the desktop version too!

Yeah one of the goals is for mobile and desktop to feel more unified.


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:10:02 Reply

New search is great and the new prototype design for NG looks nice.


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:13:29 Reply

Aww, no more Tank-Man next to the logo?

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:15:09 Reply

At 9/6/17 11:13 AM, TheAstra wrote: Aww, no more Tank-Man next to the logo?

If we move it out of the header, it would have a nice big spot in the footer.


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:16:30 Reply

Every time I try to search something: "Error closed off to supporters"

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:20:02 Reply

At 9/6/17 11:16 AM, sniktdude wrote: Every time I try to search something: "Error closed off to supporters"

Whoooooops! THANK YOU for pointing that out!


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Looks good Tom; page looks more simple design which isn't bad, only thing I would say is to keep the profile, message and notification icons on the left side of the page since we pretty much used to it being there and the Newgrounds on the right side. Animated profile gifs and user banners would be fun as well. That's just my two cents.


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:51:49 Reply

The new search is great, probably one of the best additions I've seen. Being re-directed to google was always a little off-putting. Not sure if it's intentional, but I see two versions of the search: the unified search bar on the home page that has auto-complete, and the more "focused" version that appears when viewing this forum post (and doesn't have auto-complete/suggestions)


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:55:06 Reply

The screenshot looks excellent, although circle profile pic crops I think are an obnoxious trend that wrecks the image. And I hope the tank makes it into the banner. That's the iconic logo!
Very happy to see the reply system updated also

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 11:57:47 Reply

At 9/6/17 11:51 AM, Afro-Ninja wrote: The new search is great, probably one of the best additions I've seen. Being re-directed to google was always a little off-putting. Not sure if it's intentional, but I see two versions of the search: the unified search bar on the home page that has auto-complete, and the more "focused" version that appears when viewing this forum post (and doesn't have auto-complete/suggestions)

Pages with the old layout are still using the same html that includes the category shortcut. They are going to the new results though. It will get even more disparate when we make additional changes to the new header... Will be nice when it's all under the new layout.

Also thrilled to be done with those google results.


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At 9/6/17 11:51 AM, Afro-Ninja wrote: The new search is great, probably one of the best additions I've seen. Being re-directed to google was always a little off-putting. Not sure if it's intentional, but I see two versions of the search: the unified search bar on the home page that has auto-complete, and the more "focused" version that appears when viewing this forum post (and doesn't have auto-complete/suggestions)

Also on the topic of removing Google's hold on stuff, shit like this:

http://gizmodo.com/yes-google-uses-its-power-to-quash-ideas-it-doesn-t-li-1798646437


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 12:23:11 Reply

I love the new interface! :D
It looks very dinamic and I like the smooth design. I feel too comfortable with this, nice :D

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 12:36:11 Reply

At 9/6/17 10:56 AM, TomFulp wrote: We just launched our new search! Some notes:
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Need Input

Finally this is just one mock-up but what would you think if you came to NG and it looked something like this:

It may look fine & all, but the minimalist vector artsyle is overrated, nowadays.


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 12:41:44 Reply

Really awesome to see the new search system launch, works great! About the site mock-up, I'm digging it. Wasn't sure how I felt about the content boxes "floating", disconnected from one another, so I whipped up a quick and dirty mock-up of my own that connected them, and put thin lines between each of the submissions in the Daily Picks. I also wonder how this would look with the fonts that Luis chose for his latest mock-up that he posted in the Supporter forum about 2 weeks ago, especially for the header items and Site News section. I thought those looked fantastic.

New Search has launched!


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:30:18 Reply

In my opinion, the design seems a little overly-simplified (plus, changing the logo to plain, boring flat art). I like the idea of giving more options and choices, but by the way it's all laid out, it almost looks like you're trying to compete with Google+...

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:31:08 Reply

Congrats on the launch of the new search! It looks really damn powerful, should go a long way in finding very specific things.

As for the frontpage mockup, I think it looks excellent. I mainly am a fan of the decluttering of the boxes on the page; they currently have a lot of "chrome" around the edges that takes away from the content. The colours in the mockup are great too.

I'm not sure about the circular profile pics. Facebook just rolled out an update where everywhere a profile pic shows it's circular (except user pages apparently) and I have to say it bugs me. Personally I'd only aim for a circular profile pic where the pic is not configed to a rectangular box; I think that'd make for cleaner perceived alignment. I think it looked good circular on the upcoming user page design though - as there it isn't confined to a rectangular box.

Other than that, I do like the floating boxes as they are, I'd just make sure the horizontal and vertical margin between the boxes is identical.

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:41:49 Reply

At 9/6/17 10:56 AM, TomFulp wrote: Need Input

Finally this is just one mock-up but what would you think if you came to NG and it looked something like this:

I would think what I thought last time you showed this to us; that I'm on a shitty Youtube ripoff site.

Don't do it.

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:44:38 Reply

Not a bad layout although I think you need to make the logo bigger and add the Tank in. Cant have Newgrounds without the tank!


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:46:39 Reply

New design is looking pretty pretty.

Also search is real nice and neat and working perfectly, just tested it, Things are looking beautiful!
I wanna try and become a supporter by the end of this year

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:48:44 Reply

nice im loving the new search at least we dont have to use google every time we want to search for stuff on newgrounds

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:52:18 Reply

COOL

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 13:59:04 Reply

Where's @liljim ? I suppose this means 'after the weekend' jokes are no longer fashionable?


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 14:43:20 Reply

That mock up looks great to me :)


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 14:59:11 Reply

At 9/6/17 10:56 AM, TomFulp wrote: Finally this is just one mock-up but what would you think if you came to NG and it looked something like this:

I'd miss the tank a lot. It looks less newgroundy - not much newgrounds colours or themes like we've had for many years. It doesn't look like I'd have any problems with it functionally though.


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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 15:06:36 Reply

Dope!

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Response to New Search has launched! 2017-09-06 15:26:15 Reply

The mockup needs the following:

* The Newgrounds logo in the header needs the tank. No exceptions. I don't care how minimalist said tank turns out.

* LDAF is right to put lines between P-Bot's daily picks, but they put the windows too close together in their mockup.

* The shade of blue you picked for the windows and headers doesn't match the yellow & white logo, the brown category buttons, nor the background. I personally prefer NG's current textured gray, as it matches virtually any background you put up (even the Christmas ones).

* The actual windows themselves seem to be missing their corner box that allows you to drag them up and down to customize the order that they appear in. Speaking of that, by default, the first window should be "New from your Favorites", with a default message in case you don't have any. This would probably make people think of "Favorite Artists" as a subscriber-style system, but then we'll have a bunch of complaints about how you're ripping off of YouTube, despite the fact that putting manual favorites before bot recommendations would be better than YouTube.

That's all I have to say about the mockup.