Exact Match Overkill on the Keyword URL Encoding

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  • #4399
    David Lloyd
    Participant

    Been running some searches through the link generator, and it wants to wrap every individual word in exact match quotes. Is this really necessary, as it bloats up the search URL? I’ve never used exact match quotes in the past in my ebay searches (only ever in Google sometimes).

    I don’t think its necessary to automatically assume users want all keywords to be exact match. IE:

    %22Halloween%22+%28%22Decoration%22%2C+%22Decoration%22%29

    “Halloween” (“Decoration”, “Decorations”)

    when

    Halloween+%28Decoration%2C+Decoration%29

    Halloween (Decoration, Decorations)

    is perfectly fine. Not so bad on small searches like this, but makes my eyes sore on some of my 20+ keyword and negative searches. :D

    • This topic was modified 2 years, 1 month ago by David Lloyd.
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    #4402
    Rhys Wynne
    Keymaster

    Hi David,

    There’s a reason for it.

    We’ve discovered whilst testing that fuzzy matches don’t work well with the eBay API. It doesn’t pick up all the auctions, particularly for wide searches.

    If it’s huge issue, we’ll look to fixing it, probably as an optional field you’ll have to tick, but it may not be a huge priority. :D

    #4403
    David Lloyd
    Participant

    Ah, ok – had a feeling there may be issues with the api search abilities somewhere along the line. No worry, not a big one for me, can live with it if there’s a reason. Is there a character length for the keyword string with the API – and does the quotes add to the character length?

    #4405
    Rhys Wynne
    Keymaster

    Okay, answer from the other developer on Auction Request.

    “I assume all syntax (quotes, parentheses, commas, etc) count towards that limit, but I don’t know. The manual just says “350 characters”. Note that that’s a lot of characters — if they have that many, they probably aren’t going to get any results because it’s too specific.”

    You’re probably hitting that limit, aren’t you? :)

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