Support » Plugin: WP Job Manager » Check for similar/duplicate listings

  • Resolved gilesytheking

    (@gilesytheking)


    Hi,

    is there a plugin, method or feature that will check for similar or duplicate listings on the submit listing page?

    When someone enters a title for a new listing, the form should check for existing posts with similar or duplicate names.

    The form would then display those listing or give the option to continue and create a new listing.
    I have found that some business owners have resubmitted their business listing, even though it is already in the directory. The original listing may have been submitted by an admin or another user. This could be a great way to reduce duplicate submissions and get business owners to claim existing listings.

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  • Plugin Contributor Richard Archambault

    (@richardmtl)

    This is an interesting idea. Before I open an enhancement request for it, I would like it of you could be more specific in what you mean by “similar”. It’s much easier to detect “exact duplicates” than it is to define what passes the “similar” threshold.

    Lets take the tower of london as an example. The listing is already published as “Tower of London”

    A marketing manager of the attraction decides to add it to the site, but another site user (tourist) has already added the attraction. The marketing manager would start to type “tower of london” into the listing title, to which the system would notify them of an existing listing with that name.

    The Tower of london manager would then be able to claim the listing (if this feature is active on the site), if they are not already associated with that listing and then be able to manage / update the existing listing.

    But perhaps someone could type a listing / attraction name in a different order or with slightly different wording like “The Tower of London” or “Tower of London, UK”

    would an exact match detect these slight variations in the listing title?

    Obviously if someone wants to add “tower of london pub, Manchester” which is a completely different attraction, they would be able to continue to to add their listing.

    Plugin Contributor Richard Archambault

    (@richardmtl)

    Thanks! I have opened the request here:

    https://github.com/Automattic/WP-Job-Manager/issues/1446

    But, I repeat that it’s very difficult to do the type of “fuzzy” matching that you’re asking, so the developers might end up closing the request if they don’t consider it feasible. Still, thanks for the suggestion!

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