Make searching for places better
Census Reporter is about to start work on strategies to help you find profile pages better.
We'd love your "stories" about ways it hasn't worked so well in the past, or other suggestions.
Please be as specific as possible.
Thanks for the feedback. We've seen this ourselves.
One of our ideas this summer is to offer something at the top of the suggestions which is "don't see what you need? do a full search", which would route people to a full-text search results interface.
We could include near the top of those results something like: "search for [your search string] as an address" which, when clicked, would drop them on the search-by-address interface with their query already entered.
We could add a separate "fake" result in the suggestions, "search for [...] as an address" which, if selected, would do something like the above
We could try to merge two different kinds of suggestions in one place. The suggestion library is very abstract, so it (a) should be possible and (b) may be hard!
We'll consider these, but welcome opinions for anyone who is watching.
William Boykin-Morris commented
The users I've directed to your landing page tend to perform the same action that they do on our site:
They search for an address in the box provided.
Censusreporter provides them with no results, so it seems broken, never mind the huge "search for an address" button below the dialog box. The separation between theme and place search makes a certain amount of sense, but having separate types of place search is just tough UX. Integrating the two would be fantastic, and it would promote the great UI that results from a search by address.