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Introducing Search and Question Types

It’s always great to hear of new features that our community would like to have. It helps focus on what might be most beneficial to the community as a whole.

Today we’ve updated the site with two new features: Search and Question Type.

Searching on Fluentli

Search - FluentliSearch is still fairly basic so we plan to continue improving on this in coming weeks, but here’s how you can search now.

  1. Type in the question you have
  2. If the exact wording is found, suggestions will show up below the search bar.
  3. Click on one of those to go to that question, or hit enter to search all results.

Search2 - FluentliIf no suggestions appear, or you don’t see one that matches your query, simply hit enter and you’ll see a search page like the one to the right.

Some obvious improvements will be to filter by the language you need.

If you can think of any other improvements, please feel free to let us know in the comments.

Adding a Question TypeCategories3

Categories 2In order to make asking questions a little more uniform, and to give people a better idea of what kind of question it is before going to the questions page, we’ve added a few question types, or categories.

Choosing one of these when you ask a question adds question pretext so that you can simply title your question with exactly what the question is.

Here are the categories broken down to the question pretext:

  1. Translations – How do you say…?
  2. Corrections – Does this sound natural?
  3. Grammar – Can you explain this grammar?
  4. Expressions – What are ways to express…? (Use this when you might know one way, but are looking for synonyms or more colloquial ways of saying something.)
  5. Clarifications – Can you help me understand…? (Use this one when you might not know the exact usage, but don’t really want a full grammar explanation.)
  6. Culture – Let’s talk about culture

The last one, Culture, is something new we’re trying and opens up the possibility to ask cultural questions. Becoming fluent in a language is partly about gaining an intricate knowledge of cultural facts, and when you’d like have input on new cultural elements you discover, you can ask speakers who are either ahead of you or citizens of that country.

Question CategorySo, there you have it!

I hope you’re excited by these new additions to the site, and I hope they help you to find the answers you need.

A big shout out to member, Lily, who suggested that these features be added on our suggestions forum.

If you have any great ideas you’d like to try, let us know at that link!

For example, the next features we’re planning are adding tags to post, and following other users and languages. Stay tuned!

Now, go be inquisitive and learn some new stuff in your target language :)