Notes for the week of 2021-09-20

There’s a thread on HN about how bad Confluence search is. It’s been my experience that Confluence search has problems with relevance, and there are some good suggestions in the comments to help. I’m going to round them up here.

My own comment was about improving search results in Confluence by using the tools it gives you to narrow the results & therefore improve relevance.

Not surprisingly (to me, at least), Simon Willison has a solution to improving Confluence search via SQLite/Datasette. I’m surprised this can produce better relevance, though.

A user working on a Confluence competitor has suggestions for Atlassian, should they want them. Things like exact word match & being able to specify content for specific searches would help tons..