Filtering by Section in Search Results

10 Comments

  • Kasper Sørensen
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hi @...,

    Do you mean that you want the section to take up a complete search result? In my mind, a section is part of the taxonomy of an article, but it's the article that users want to actually find.

    The section does appear in the breadcrums of the search results.

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  • Christopher Dunderdale

    @... apologies if what I said isn't clear! Say I search for XYZ using the default search bar. I'm able to see articles that were hit. Additionally, the applicable categories are also found (in what I assume you're referring to as bread crumbs?), but not the sections.

    i.e. in my opinion users should see "By Type", "By Category" and "By Section"

    Attaching a screenshot below.


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  • Kasper Sørensen
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Ah, I see now. Actually what I meant by breadcrumb was on (usually below) the result item itself:

     

    But what you're asking for seems to be Filtering by section. I think that's a good piece of feedback and aligned with our general direction for the search page. I will update the title of your post just to make sure it fits the wording we would use for this type of feature.

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  • Christopher Dunderdale

    Perfect - thanks so much!

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  • Amy Ogborn

    +1 for this feature. And if a workaround is available, I would love to hear it

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  • Lyn Thompson

    +1 for this feature. And if a workaround is available, I would love to hear it. It would be most useful for a large knowledge base like ours.

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  • Shana Blackstone

    +1 for this feature. We are very interested in using our sections to define all of the pieces of a group of applications we offer. 

    We have three major categories that we offer applications for "In the Trade, In the Office, In the Warehouse" We would like to make these three categories and then have the applications or tasks be sections of one or more of them. Allowing customer the ability to search for "receiving" and then decide do they want to see how to do that "in the warehouse" vs "in the office" would be fantastic. The biggest complaint we have right now is customers can't find what they need in our current KB. Filters help them find the path that works best for them.

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  • Kimber Wiggs

    +1 for this feature. Like Shana, our major categories are a bit broad, so filtering by Section would be a lot more useful.

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  • Ines Costa

    +1 for this feature

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  • Kasper Sørensen
    Zendesk Product Manager

    Hi everyone,

    I wanted to provide a quick update on this thread. We do not currently have any plans to add sections to the search results in Help Center search. However, we have been releasing a number of features in the past year related to Federated Search and the ability to control your search index with External Content. Actually it is entirely possible (although requires using our REST API for external content) to set up the search index so that you index your section pages as "external content records".

    I realize this is not an easy point'n'click solution to your problem, but I wanted to let you know of the alternative that is available today.

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