Group searches fail to balance search terms as effectively as other search categories (Players, Games, Library, and Catalog). An example of this is demonstrated with the search term “chaos gaming”
Players, Games, Library, and Catalog appropriately balance the search terms and reasonable responses are returned (search results below)
However, when using the Group search functionality, the results are very unbalanced.
In fact, the group with the actual name “chaos gaming” can only be found on the twelfth page of groups. For anyone using the search function to try and find that group - there is almost no point. If someone were to say in game “Hey - check out my group, chaos gaming!” there would be no way to use the ROBLOX search engine to efficiently and effectively find that group. It’s actually faster to just search “chaos gaming roblox” on Google - as that returns the group which matches that name as the first result.
This seems to be occurring because search terms are not being effectively balanced. Rather than searching for groups with “chaos gaming” or groups with both “chaos” and “gaming”, the search engine seems to be returning groups with “chaos” and groups with “gaming”. As a result, this leads to cluttered, inaccurate, and likely irrelevant search returns of any group that has a variant of “gaming”, such as game, games, gamers, etc. (this is why so many game studios were returned) or any variant of “chaos”.
I would recommend adjusting the search engine to search for groups that include all inputted search terms (in either name or description) to resolve this issue and provide more accurate results. Furthermore, it makes sense that any group that has a name exactly matching the search terms should be returned first. As it is, the group search function is almost more unhelpful than it is helpful for finding specific groups (particularly those that do not have member counts in the high thousands).