I love Quora as a product. This is a Q&A site where each question or answer is created, edited, and organized by everyone who uses it. Quora has a live search box in its top navigation bar. This box is it's single point of interaction with user input: for searching a question, for asking a question etc. You start getting suggestions as soon as you start typing in this box.
I was looking into Quora's live search feature and found something unusual. I noticed that as soon as I put my cursor in the search box on top navigation bar, browser starts sending search ajax calls to quora servers. It also sends ajax calls too frequently for a live search feature.
After noticing above stuff from Quora, I decided to compare and live search feature. Results are given below. For the same text in a question (assuming same typing speed), Stackoverflow sent 6 calls to their servers while Quora sent 29 ajax calls to their servers.
- Can Quora better their frequency of ajax calls for search?
- Why should user pay for unnecessary bandwidth in this case (even if it is few bytes)?
- What is the use of search with insignificant number of characters in search box? Does it gives any relevant results in that case. For example: try typing "what" in search box.
Had Quora search results been personal, this feature might be much more benefitial but I don't think that we need this much speed for sending ajax calls.
PS: I have posted a same question on Quora and am waiting for response on that.
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