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New idea category search

Allow search for category as part of new idea creation
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I just added an idea in the HB category
product: clock: wristwatch: combination,
and the process of determining the category while formulating the idea was at best, klunky.

What about allowing some means of searching for a category while in the process of writing the idea's description? This would likely result in better initial categorization, and fewer "general" ideas.

csea, Jun 06 2010

For [Ian Tindale] ala [krelnik] http://www.halfbake...:t=All_20Categories
a big single dumb list page, with all the category items on it as a set of nested list items, each one hyperlinked to the destination [2 fries shy of a happy meal, Jun 06 2010]

../view/s=c:d=c:dh=...:t=All_20Categories [FlyingToaster, Jun 07 2010]


       //while in the process of writing the idea's description// laudable... lazy but laudable :)
A copy of the categories page on your HD would be a place to start.
FlyingToaster, Jun 06 2010

       Or you could just search for the idea keywords, and then go back. Or you could post your idea, and then move it into a category you think fits. You don't "post" here in the sense that there's nothing about an idea that you can't change after you've posted it. You can change title, text, and category after the fact.   

       Yeah, the category interface is clunky. There should probably be autocompletion on it and stuff like that; there's probably a generic piece of JavaScript code that I should be using, and am not because of detail problems with whether or not to use Ajax and general disinclination of going within ten feet of JavaScript, etc.   

       If you're searching, search for your keywords in the ideas, not in the category list. We have a search, it's pretty fast, there's no reason to treat the categories specially.
jutta, Jun 06 2010

       [FT] Nice, thanks! Yes, I'm lazy.   

       [Jutta] Yes, that's what I do currently. Still would be nice to get it right the first time, to avoid early annotations on a still-nascent idea.   

       I do appreciate the after-posting flexibility.
csea, Jun 06 2010

       if you click on one of the categories below - you get a full page display. (surely picking the generic category is simple enough)   

       its easily done to search for keywords as has been said before but I have to say I like the image of some kind of predictive text scrolling back and forth in the sub-categories as one writes the idea up so + 1   

       wouldn't help me as I generally write my (usually fairly short) description elsewhere & copy and paste it here.
po, Jun 06 2010

       Is this what you mean Ian? [link]   

       thanks 2f, I knew there was one around here somewhere; couldn't remember whose it was.
FlyingToaster, Jun 06 2010

       <fiddle fiddle fiddle> there <link>... except the unredundancies.
FlyingToaster, Jun 07 2010

       Searching lets you pick up redundancies faster.
FlyingToaster, Jun 07 2010

       Your shorts?
jutta, Jun 08 2010

       Shirley you must be joking ...
8th of 7, Jun 08 2010


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