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From "Tim Archambault" <>
Subject Re: Simple Faceted Searching out of the box
Date Fri, 22 Sep 2006 12:40:11 GMT
I have a couple of questions from some online newspaper folks who are
interested in Solr and are trying to understand how and why it came to be. I
think inherent in these questions is the underlying theme I hear all the
time and that is "Solr is not a content management system. It's a search

What I really wonder about CNet is how they manage their content and how
Solr fits into their overall architecture -- is it an add-on? a
purpose-built hammer to handle a specific problem they were having? was it
something they "wanted" ... or instead something they needed to do, despite
preferring something else?

Another question asked of me was "Will Solr ever connect with datasources

Thanks in advance for any feedback I can supply the folks.


On 9/10/06, Chris Hostetter <> wrote:
> : > > What is "faceted browsing"? Maybe an example of a site interface
> Whoops! ... sorry about that, i tend to get ahead of my self.
> The examples Erik pointed out are very representative, but there are more
> subtle ways faceted searching can come into play -- for example, if you
> look at these two search results...
> ...the categories in the left nav change based on what you search on,
> because we treat "category" as a facet, and the individual categories as
> possible "constraints" ... we don't show the user the exact count of how
> many products match in each category but we use that information to
> determine the order of the categories (or wether we should include a
> category in the list at all)
> : website and this would be a great way to break out content. Kind of
> greys
> : the lines between what is search and what is browsing categories, which
> is a
> : great thing actually. Thanks for the help.
> Even without facets, "browsing" a set of documents is just a search for
> "all" docuemnts (or depending on who you talk to: "searching" is just
> browsing with a special user entered constraint on the "text" facet)
> -Hoss

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