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Old 11-05-2012, 04:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Why is ebay constantly trying to f**k with us?!?!?!?!??!

I got this message today when doing a search:

"Search using the wildcard symbol (*) is no longer supported."

WHAT THE F****************K?!?!?!?!??!?!

Why the hell isn't it supported anymore?

So now we have to search for "autograph" to get autograph listings?

.....great

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Old 11-05-2012, 04:11 PM   #2 (permalink)
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How is not allowing us to search for MORE listings a way to IMPROVE the search experience?

If people don't want to use the wildcard symbol--THEN DON'T.

The wildcard symbol is a BASIC AND FUNDAMENTAL TOOL in the search-engine process, one meant to HELP BOTH BUYERS AND SELLERS!!!!

This is going to lead me to BUY LESS since I won't be able to find the items that I want, it is going to lead to me SELLING LESS because people won't be able to find my items--and IS EVENTUALLY GOING TO LEAD ME TO LEAVE EBAY ALTOGETHER!!!!
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Just curious, what does the wild card symbol do? I've never heard of that...
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:13 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I agree with everything said so far in this thread! This sounds like Adobe or Microsoft - "Let's remove functionality, and call it a feature!"
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:14 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Just curious, what does the wild card symbol do? I've never heard of that...
You used to be able to type in auto* and it would give you any listings that said auto, autograph, autographs, autographed, etc....

Now you have to write in "autograph"--which kills the character limit and prevents you from putting in other pertinent information which would allow people to search for your listing.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:17 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Have to admit I've never used this feature. I do however use the - to remove words I don't want i.e -break -box -group when im trying to search for new releases and dont want to have to sift through 10,000 box break listings.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:19 PM   #7 (permalink)
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I got a warning about this a few days ago because my saved searches had *'s in them, had to go through and add (au,auto,autograph,autographed) to them and move players to new searches to fit the character limit.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:29 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I just search "auto" ....
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:32 PM   #9 (permalink)
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I just search "auto" ....
Exactly. If you search using auto it brings up all listings that have auto OR autograph in the title.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:36 PM   #10 (permalink)
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The * was essential for any buyer using the search to find poorly titled auctions, such as those with misspellings in them. Removing the * is going to make life difficult for all those "deal" seekers.

For those buyers that just want to find what they really want, and aren't worried so much about finding auctions with poor titles, then removing the * isn't really going to hurt you that much. Like has been said above, you can search for (au,auto,autograph,autographed) and find 99% of the auto's you'll be looking for.

I have no idea why eBay would remove the * from the searches, that is weird. If they think it'll make poorly titled auctions end higher (so they make more money in fees) they are wrong. The auctions will actually end lower because there will be less people finding those auctions by using the * in a search.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:39 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Exactly. If you search using auto it brings up all listings that have auto OR autograph in the title.
I tried that based on the verbage in the e-mail that they were searching for similar text. Compared to the bracket version above I was getting ~5% less results, but didn't go through in detail to see what it was missing. The bracket version was getting about 2% less than the au* version, whilst that still worked, which were mainly misspellings I guess.
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Old 11-05-2012, 04:52 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Makes you wonder what the best keywords are in auction titles to ensure the most possible looks. Anyon ever do the research on that?
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Old 11-05-2012, 05:05 PM   #13 (permalink)
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Works on the app for iPhone Never knew you could do this but ill do it now sweet!
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Works on the app for iPhone Never knew you could do this but ill do it now sweet!
The iOS apps tend to lag in features by a few days. I'll be surprised if it still works on there in a week.
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Old 11-05-2012, 06:05 PM   #15 (permalink)
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change is scary....

Wildcard searches hit the database servers hard. I'm sure this factor went into eBay's decision to make the change. Life goes on.
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I got this message today when doing a search:

"Search using the wildcard symbol (*) is no longer supported."

WHAT THE F****************K?!?!?!?!??!?!

Why the hell isn't it supported anymore?

So now we have to search for "autograph" to get autograph listings?

.....great

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Old 11-05-2012, 06:41 PM   #17 (permalink)
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they also seem to have taken away the check box under the search button for "title and description"...but, you can still get there if you click on advanced search...but...why take the check box away??? it was much easier
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Old 11-05-2012, 07:17 PM   #18 (permalink)
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Ugh.... first they made 'started between' disappear which was awesome for finding newly listed items... now this trash. believe me, I knew about it almost instantly. I run searches for tons of older autograph cards from the early 2000's. Now, I guess I'll just miss out on the poorly titled ones, etc. that the * search was good for.
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Makes you wonder what the best keywords are in auction titles to ensure the most possible looks. Anyon ever do the research on that?
Don't have to its ebay 1/1. Lol
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Old 11-06-2012, 12:01 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Ugh.... first they made 'started between' disappear which was awesome for finding newly listed items... now this trash. believe me, I knew about it almost instantly. I run searches for tons of older autograph cards from the early 2000's. Now, I guess I'll just miss out on the poorly titled ones, etc. that the * search was good for.
This news is not welcome, but whatever.
I run the following search while I'm "indisposed" at work: "drew bledsoe". It returns > 5000 on average, but I've had too much luck finding poorly listed auctions for cards I REALLY dig.
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yep, it was one of my favorite methods as well. Glad to see that people are finally noticing that they took it away.
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Old 11-06-2012, 01:56 AM   #22 (permalink)
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It sounds like to me they have some lazy programmers that don't want to properly plug SQL Injection attacks. Most of what I have heard from the techs is that what they removed could have been used to do attacks but could have easily been prevented without having to rip out functionality.

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Old 11-06-2012, 02:14 PM   #23 (permalink)
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If you search auto i think it pulls up autograph as well. I think that this is the change
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