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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2007 3:38 am 
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Introducing a new way to search the Urusphere!

urusearch.googlepages.com (main site - added 4/28)

Uru Search V0.2 (original Google-provided frontend)

Using Google's Custom Search Engine Creator, I have created an Uru-centric search engine. It searches Uru websites, forums, blogs, and more to let you explore Uru in all its dimensions.

I have put as many Uru-related websites as I could find, but I need the community's help to make this the most comprehensive and most useful Uru indexing and search tool. If you would like to contribute, please check out the search engine, and then click "Volunteer to contribute."

At this initial stage, Uru Search particularly needs graphics artists for the logo and someone with a sense of web aesthetic for the colors, etc. I tried my hand at reproducing the same colors here on the site, but perhaps someone could make it look even better.

Note: I have not and do not intend to connect this to an adwords account. There is no ulterior motive here. I just want to create a useful tool that can help fellow Explorers get the most out of Uru.

Thanks for your support and help!

-Kestr'l

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Hi Kestr'l

Check under my sig for a link to the french forums for the Eden Gira site.

Good luck with your search for a good artist.

I would recommend Thend (the one doing the KI toones). :lol: :!: :lol:


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Kestr'l --> I like it.

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At this initial stage, Uru Search particularly needs graphics artists for the logo and someone with a sense of web aesthetic for the colors, etc. I tried my hand at reproducing the same colors here on the site, but perhaps someone could make it look even better.


Perhaps you could start with the search results background colour? It's kinda harsh to go from a traditional black-on-white Google Search page to a Yellow-on-Red results page. My eyes cried out in pain! :lol:

Good luck!


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I can help with the graphic design part. What did you have in mind for a logo?

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Also, it doesn't appear to restrict itself only to Uru websites. I did a search for "Cavern" and only three of the hits were Uru-related, and none of them were in the top five. I realize that it would be silly to search for "cavern" but I was testing to see if the search engine worked and ended up in the Luray Caverns.

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Aiden wrote:
Also, it doesn't appear to restrict itself only to Uru websites. I did a search for "Cavern" and only three of the hits were Uru-related, and none of them were in the top five.


Yes, that's right. There's an easily-changed option to make it search just in the sites listed, or use the rest of Google as well. It's set to the latter. As the site list got more comprehensive, I was going to switch over to the site-only search. But perhaps I should go ahead and do that now!

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Okay, I changed it to be uru sites only. Please volunteer and contribute your favorite Uru sites to expand it!

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Maxsilver5721 wrote:
Kestr'l --> I like it.

Perhaps you could start with the search results background colour? It's kinda harsh to go from a traditional black-on-white Google Search page to a Yellow-on-Red results page. My eyes cried out in pain! :lol:



Good point. Right now, they don't offer a way to customize the first page, and I agree that the transition is quite drastic. I will model the color scheme more after this website, but what I'd really like to do is change the background of the intro screen!

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Aiden wrote:
I can help with the graphic design part. What did you have in mind for a logo?


Doesn't have to be too fancy - just the title in an Uru-style font. Maybe something referring to books, search, etc and related to the Myst Universe, like Rime's Age viewing machine, or the Nexus (which is a huge library of sorts), or even the Great Zero filigrees. Let your imagination run wild! :)

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Hey all,

Instead of using that hideously generic Google frontpage, I decided to make a simple frontend webpage for it in googlepages:

http://urusearch.googlepages.com/

I also changed the text coloring significantly to match the new frontend.

I already have had 3 volunteers sign up! Thanks for the great feedback.

Check it out, let me know what you think, and join up if you'd like to contribute!

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hehe I like this search engine if you put "cavern" in TCT comes out on top

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I noticed there is a surprising lack of forum hits in the results. Anyone know how to index the threads of a forum in Google' CSE? (volunteer, please!! :) )

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Link to them from non-forum sites. :wink:

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Seriously, though... How do I get the search engine to index the forums? I believe that will be key to good search results here.

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Kestr'l wrote:
Seriously, though... How do I get the search engine to index the forums? I believe that will be key to good search results here.


And I'm serious too. You need to link to them from other sites. Unless I'm mistaken, because of their nature google will not automatically traverse through every single link on the forum index recursively until it's indexed every topic. It just doesn't work like that.

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Do you know of any sites offhand that do extensive linking to the forums? If so, it would be great if you could join the initiative and add them to the list. :) I've been experimenting with Google's wildcards and some other options - We'll figure it out with enough time, hopefully.

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