Searching on Key Words

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by fred_oliver, Oct 28, 2012.

  1. fred_oliver
    fred_oliver New Member
    I've built up a wonderful collection of Shapeways spaceships in the past year - something I've wanted for almost 60 years.

    Unfortunately, it's very hard to tell just how many there are to choose from on the website. I did a quick "study" a couple of weeks ago, using all the relevant key words I could think of. The table below shows what I found. The numbers represent the products tagged with those key words.

    spaceship 392 starship 496
    space ship 99 star ship 12
    space ships 47 stars ships 3
    spaceships 53 starships 205

    You can also find models identified as "ufo" (62), "ufos" (55), "Martian," "Jovian," and probably more I haven't discovered yet.

    It's kind of fun to search and I'm really not complaining, but would Shapeways and its designers sell more products if these were all labelled as simply "spaceship"? This "standardization" concept might apply to other product categories like airplanes.

    Just a thought.
  2. megmaltese
    megmaltese New Member
    Can't see any of your models.
  3. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    Seconded. (You can probably add "spacecraft" or "<species> craft" to your list as well).
    As shapeways' customer base is apparently approaching 200000, there must be many
    such unintentional variations in tag names, making them less and less useful as a
    search term - especially when there is no fitting Category to limit the scope.

    It would be immensely helpful if the current tag list was available somewhere, maybe even
    as a list of checkboxes on a search page. (Perhaps limit it to the top N most used entries
    - and/or those used in the user-selected Category - by default if the list has already grown
    beyond manageable size)
    Or does this exist already and I just have not found it ? All I know is the "Popular tags" section
    on the homepage, and that is not very helpful if one is not looking for one of the ten or twelve
    trending topics.
  4. mkroeker
    mkroeker Well-Known Member
    @GODLIKE: Umm, I am pretty certain he meant "built a private collection out of models bought from the shops here"...