I received an email from Alex Lindsay of Mocavo yesterday afternoon, and the answers were provided. Here are my comments (in purple), and the Mocavo responses to them (in red):
- If you choose "Only Content" without typing a term in to the keyword field, then we use the other search terms you may have provided (First Name, Last Name, etc) and search only the content (not the titles) in our index. But you're right; it is a bit confusing that the label on that slider is "Keyword Appearance". I'll relay this to our development team and perhaps we can change that label to something like, "Search Terms Appear In:" or "Search Within:"
- Regarding your questions about the first name and last name sliders, these features are actually still in development, and only employees and VIP members can currently access them. Since you are a VIP member, you got a sneak preview of these features! We do plan to launch these two features in the next few weeks, but they aren't quite ready for everyone to enjoy. In regards to your questions about them:
- For these matches we use Metaphone, Soundex, and a method that searches for Alternates like Bob=Robert
- For last names we use Metaphone and Soundex matches
- One notch away from exact (the default setting) leaves 1 word in between your search terms. So you can search for Thomas Smith and we will show you results for Thomas Edward Smith
- Two notches away from exact indicates you would like to allow 2 words in between your search terms. So you can search for Thomas Smith and would have results for Thomas Edward Jacob Smith.
- Three notches away from exact indicates 3 words in between your search terms. So you can search for Thomas Smith and Kansas and still receive results for Thomas Edward Smith who lived in Kansas.
- The Far setting indicates 4 words in between your search terms. So you can search for Thomas Smith and Kansas and you would get results for Thomas Edward Smith who lived in Hayes, Kansas.
- You are correct. The intermediate setting searches both Title and Content.
- An example of a small database would be the Pamlico County, North Carolina, Wills Index (less than 500 records), whereas a large database would be the SSDI. The intermediate setting searches both small and large databases.
The most recent Mocavo announcements about the sliders are:
* New Search Slider: Proximity for Exact Search (2 April 2014)
* Tune Up Your Engine with New Search Tuners (2 April 2014)
* New Feature: Individual Database Search Field Hints (2 April 2014)