I just committed the latest round of bug fixes/improvements for the MusicBrainz search facilities. On the road of the promised mini-release I’ve created the a milestone to keep track of the changes and have updated the test server with the latest fixes/improvements:
With tons of useful community feedback, I’ve fixed up the toughest search cases. Accented characters are now being escaped, so that a search for “Bjork” will return “Björk“. Aliases are now being searched by default and no longer interfering with the ranking so that a search for “Jennifer” will return the artist “Jennifer” as the first search hit and not buried down below. I’ve also implemented a checkbox for advanced search to avoid confusion with the lucene search syntax. By default the advanced search will be off and all punctuation in a search will be ignored. If the advanced search box is checked, punctuation will be interpreted as lucene query syntax.
I think these changes will make the search behave more according to what people would expect. Please go test it!
You can now search annotations using the indexed search.
You can now search all FreeDB CDs with our own search features. Once you find a CD you want to import, click on the category/id link and the import process starts. No more funky HTML frames with a crappy FreeDB search that goes away every other week.
I’ve taken a lot of heat over these search issues — please go test these to make sure everything is working right!