The Search Initiative needs people! We’ve (okay, I’ve) had some terrific feedback from folks already, and would love for the actual work to have a plurality of voices coming together to build it!
What is the Search Initiative?
Glad you asked! The Search Initiative is a collection of smaller tasks aimed at making searching within the admin panel a more unified, streamlined, simpler experience. We are not presently looking to change the search experience on the front-end of sites. Many themes do a variety of display methods for that, and we shouldn’t step on their toes. Instead, the biggest task at present seems to be unifying all the search forms in the administrative interface to feed into a global search. Probably offering tabs for each searchable content type, with a count of the number of entries in each.
There’s also other aspects that can work in parallel, such as client-side suggestions when someone is typing in a search query. So if they begin typing in ‘New P’ — it would autocomplete the links to ‘New Post,’ ‘New Page,’ and ‘New Pachyderm’ (if they’ve got an elephant post type) — and how can we offer more relevant search results on post types by efficiently searching Post Meta as well? I’d love to get some collaboration with Team Metamorphosis on this aspect.
If you’re interested, we’ll be having a chat on Friday evening (after the 3.8 code freeze — this is intentional) at December 6 22:00 UTC in #wordpress-core-plugins on Freenode.
If you’d like to be involved, but either don’t know what IRC or Freenode is, or can’t make it at that time, just drop a comment below and I (we, hopefully) will make sure to loop you in and take your schedule into consideration for future chats.
The Search Initiative has need of all sorts, from Designers and UX prototypers, to folks able to write and perform user testing, as well as back-end and front-end coders willing to help ensure a tight integration with core. Most of all, we need you!