Here you can find a (incomplete) summary of changes and improvements to Spendabit.
Make some improvements to detecting product “tags”, which are used
to better identify products and thus make search-results better.
More improvements to our general product-analysis engine, also to help improve
Minor tweak to our homepage to make the tagline render better on certain
(smaller) device sizes.
Some changes to the way we're serving “static” assets, including
adding use of HTTP-level compression, which should make our site slightly snappier.
Give proper 404 response for requests for non-existent
Do some behind-the-scenes work to try to figure out why our app-server occasionally
runs out of memory.
Disable a number of defunct merchants.
Add this page.
Tweak to better support some Newegg products. In particular, some Newegg
products are sold both as “Marketplace” products — products sold
by third-party merchants via Newegg.com, which are not available for purchase
with Bitcoin — as well as directly via Newegg itself. With this change, the user
should be presented with the Newegg version of the product (which can be purchased
with Bitcoin) by default.
Allow for searches that are purely numeric (e.g., 360, which might
return results related to Xbox 360, amongst other things), provoked by at least
one real-world use-case/complaint. (Previously, such requests were being rejected
to avoid unnecessary load on our database, and we still will reject one-digit
queries (e.g., 5), as it's hard to think of a real-world use for such
a query, and they tend to have large result-sets.)
Update list of sample searches (displayed under search-bar after a few seconds
if you don't enter a query).
Add placeholder text to search-input, to make it more clear Spendabit
searches, and that it searches across many merchant websites.
Fix to make our web-crawler more “polite” (again).
Some improvements to make our web-crawler a bit more resilient to error (e.g., in
cases where a website has a broken redirect mechanism).
Improvements to our ability to detect “remote IDs” for products.
A couple of (mostly CSS) tweaks to make the
Merchant Suite and
Search Partners sales pages render better
across different devices / viewport sizes (though there's still a good bit of
work that remains to be done here).
Search improvements for: “hoodie(s)”, distinguishing between
“music” (e.g., CD albums) and musical instruments, distinguishing
between “accessories” and the items they “accessorize”
(e.g., distinguishing between an iPhone and an iPhone case).
Remove a couple of defunct merchants.
Write blog-post/comments detailing our 2¢ on the ongoing “scaling
debate” / drama.