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  1. Question on results "freshness"

    I've found many results that come back are not actually up to date with Bing.com.

    For example, here's a sample web page result:

    {
    "id": "https://api.cognitive.microsoft.com/api/v7/#WebPages.0",
    "name": "Buy Poly-Max Flags > Poly-Max Flags | Flag Store USA",
    "url": "https://www.flagstoreusa.com/products/poly-max-flags/",
    "urlPingSuffix": "DevEx,5082.1",
    "displayUrl": "https://www.flagstoreusa.com/products/poly-max-flags",
    "snippet": "Flag Store USA is the most reliable source to buy American made Poly-Max Flags Poly-Max Flags online.",
    "dateLastCrawled": "2017-11-02T00:16:00.0000000Z",
    "cachedPageUrl": "http://cc.bingj.com/cache.aspx?q=Poly-Max+Flags&d=4552211826215148&mkt=en-US&setlang=en-US&w=Yg_PqlFIkPcWG1iUEEQkZKEubMamZ0Nr",
    "cachedPageUrlPingSuffix": "DevEx,5083.1"
    }

    According to this result, the date last crawled was 11/2. Yet when I go directly to the cached page url, Bing says the page…

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  2. Free tier is completely different API as paid tier

    I used the free tier to determine if Bing custom search is a good match for my needs. Now that I am trying to setup the paid tier, it seems like these are two completely different APIs. The work I did during the prototype phase is potentially lost. Maybe I am just not understanding the documentation. In particular, I need the subsite search capability.

    Make these two search APIs the same so investigations into the utility of the paid tier are not wasted.

    Free tier:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/cognitive-services/bing-custom-search/search-your-custom-view

    Paid tier:
    https://docs.microsoft.com/en-us/rest/api/cognitiveservices/bing-web-api-v7-reference#searchresponse

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    Under Review  ·  Luke Bayler responded

    Seems like there still might be confusion here, so I’m going to re-open this issue.

  3. Add options to change font family, color and text size

    Add options to change font family, color and text size on each element in the Hosted UI section. Add loading message/icon after the onClick when a user makes a search. Thanks.

    3 votes
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  4. Provide SDK

    Provide SDK to programmatically create/manage search instances.

    10 votes
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  5. BUG: Occasionally returns results from entire web

    Occasionally the search response contains results from the entire web instead of from our custom search instance. We can't isolate anything on our side that could be causing it, nor any pattern to when it happens. Simply hitting refresh gets the results from our custom search instance. I've configured my code to inspect the results for foreign URLs and re-submit if it finds any, but that is an extra hit against our quota.

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  6. Provide Search Widgets

    Google Custom Search provided us with javascript snippets that we could simply drop on a page to add Google Custom Search to our site. With Bing, since there is no downloadable widget, everybody has to reinvent the wheel. Searching around GitHub and other online repositories doesn't turn anything up either.

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  7. BUG: Very different results for very similar queries

    If we submit a search query for "cottage hot tub" on our site, the Custom Search returns 478 matches.

    However, if we submit a more specific query "cottage with hot tub" we get 1630 matches.

    Why would adding the word "with" to the query result in more matches, rather than less?

    Also, these similar queries "log cabin st austell" and "log cabin austell" return the same number of matches as expected, but they are presented in a different order. Why?

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  8. BUG: Pagination is broken

    When using the 'count' and 'offset' options to paginate results, the 'totalEstimatedMatches' value changes after a certain number of pages.

    For example, a search for "cottage with hot tub" on our site initially shows 1630 matches. But after paging through the first 21 pages of results (offset 440), the number of matches drops to 499 for no apparent reason.

    Surely the number of matches should stay the same regardless of where within the results you are viewing them?

    8 votes
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  9. Allow HTML bookmars (#) in Pinned URLs

    Our FAQs use html bookarks (#) to take to particular sections. We would like to pin some searches to these sections. However, if you try to add URL with # in it...it will delete from the # forward.
    If there is not a security reason to do this then it would be useful to allow us to do this.

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  10. Allow filtering of Search results

    Is there any way, we implement filters or categories with which we can Filter Search Results as shown in attachment

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  11. allow access to the custom search instance via a dedicated URL

    Great and useful tool for domain specific subjects. Please allow us to access the custom search instance via a dedicated URL (not just API endpoint). We want to do a DNS CNAME-record like search.company.com that points to this resource. Many thanks!

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  12. Enable Sort results by date

    Please allow users to sort (not filter) results by date, i.e., newest pages listed first.

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