A couple of days ago I finally completed integrating a very powerful new search technology into the website, providing both much greater flexibility and far greater speed and performance, while allowing almost unlimited room for future growth. Not only does the new system allow text searches of the 450,000 comments on the same footing as the 25,000 articles and posts, but could easily handle a million or even ten million such documents in the future.
Just as before, text searches may be filtered or restricted by Author, Topic, Category, Date Range, original Publication, or various other criteria, but users may now also choose whether or not to include the respective comments in their searches, or even restrict the search to the output of a particular commenter.
As a simple example of the usefulness of this powerful new system, here’s the results of a search for all the comments of a certain “gcochran” that contain the word “Neanderthal,” with these items probably containing a great deal of valuable scientific information. To the best of my knowledge, nothing like this search technology currently exists anywhere else on the Internet, even including the websites of such powerful media organizations as the NYT or the WSJ. Well over fifty million words of often impressive content material are now fully at everyone’s fingertips.
As the search example indicates, I am also very pleased to announce that Peter Frost, who has published a great deal of high-quality material over the years on his longtime personal anthropology blog Evo and Proud, has authorized The Review to republish his complete archives, including comments, a corpus that totals nearly a million and a half words, and we will be running his future science columns on an ongoing basis. I will have much more to say about this very valuable addition to our webzine in a forthcoming column.
We have also now republished the complete Internet archives of the notable writer Robert Bonomo, which contains a great deal of fascinating and controversial material, all now at everyone’s fingertips and fully searchable.
And as most readers are surely aware, our star blogger Steve Sailer scored a huge media coup two weeks ago by exposing the fact that world-renowned Marxist celebrity-academic Slovaj Zizek had plagiarized his review of Kevin MacDonald’s controversial books on Jews from the pages of American Renaissance, Jared Taylor’s White Nationalist publication. This astonishing juxtaposition of several bold-face ideological names drew the attention of the mainstream media, notably Newsweek, whose article received a remarkable 700-plus tweets, the sort of attention that would be an excellent outcome for a front-page story in The New York Times. Newsweek‘s coverage was soon followed by additional pieces in Slate, the Huffington Post, Gawker, and numerous other MSM publications. Certainly this constituted the biggest MSM breakthrough of our young publication to date, and exactly fulfilled the founding intent of this webzine, namely covering controversial ideas and individuals that the regular media tends to otherwise ignore.
Although implementing the new search technology occupied most of my time during the last week or two, I also added a number of small features to the website, including the capability to easily add bold, italics, or blockquote tags to comments via dedicated buttons, and following the excellent suggestion of a commenter, reduced the obtrusiveness of access to a commenter’s complete comment-archive by providing it as a link to the individual’s name.
As this last example indicates, I am always happy to receive complaints and suggestions from readers, though I cannot guarantee that I will necessarily implement them. So fire away.
I just added a couple of additional features to the Search module. The system now allows searches entirely based on words contained in the Title+Subtitle (just leave the main Search textbox blank). Also, Search results may be ordered by ascending or descending date, as well as relevance, though the last remains the default.