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Keywords and Best Bets

  Asked By: Jill    Date: Sep 10    Category: Sharepoint    Views: 1221

I have a user that is exploring the use of keywords and best bets to improve the search in SPS. I have never played around with the keywords, opting to use the metadata of the list item (sometimes forced, sometimes optional) instead to enhance the results of search. As I am reading about these options, my first thought is the amount of time it takes to specify a “Best Bet” for a particular list item, and whether or not that time is wisely spent. Because these keywords are not global in the sense that a user cannot “assign” any of these keywords to their particular list item, and to create these keywords and best bet scenarios, a user must have Manage Area rights, it seems like using list level metadata is a wiser and more efficient way to improve search results.

I am interested to hear any opinions/thoughts on this matter.



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Answer #1    Answered By: Peter Peterson     Answered On: Sep 10

Portal is an enterprise tool for people to find the content that they
are looking for. I have a tendency to create  Listings to Lists/Libraries
rather than to specific listitems/documents. They are far less likely to
be broken.

Similarly, I would think that keywords  associated with a list/library
would be much easier to maintain and would still accomplish the goal of
letting users find the listitem/document. There will, of course, be
times when a given listitem/document will require special attention, but
as a general rule, I'd stick with list/library metadata.

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