I want to add a higher ranking in search results for a list.

I go to site settings, site collection "Search Schema", search a managed property from this list, open "Advanced Searchable Settings", "Weight group" and select "Context 1". Saved but nothing in search results changed.

If i open the searchable settings again "Context 0" is selected again and i see no changes in the search results. Are my settings correct to change the ranking, is this a bug or should i consider another solution?

  • Wanted to add that I am seeing the same behavior you described, in my client's O365 tenant. – Tracy Aug 19 '18 at 20:44
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    The workaround for this is a query rule without condition. – Axel Oct 15 '18 at 15:27

I don't know if it's a bug, but I have always used query rules to change the ranking. Works well in every case. Very easy to control.

  • I try to rank the whole list results higher. There is no specific query i could match. – Axel Apr 19 '18 at 9:30
  • Then remove the condition and add your ranking rule. Or just use XRANK and content boost: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/sharepoint/dev/general-development/… – Matthew McDermott Apr 19 '18 at 11:40
  • I can only change the query for all searches without the query rule but this would be fine. I copied the saved search source and edit it like this {?{searchTerms} -ContentClass=urn:content-class:SPSPeople} (ContentTypeId:0x012000064c4c5203c44be29ab61bcfd8d3e2c8* OR ContentTypeId:0x012000c6becca3a23f4b399b07cd6e95cd14dd* OR ContentTypeId:0x0100f12b86f19f7842edb8c72d5cac8d936c* OR ContentTypeId:0x0100BC0BF0B071F84C6AA08757218C27C8A7*) XRANK(cb=5) The search result shows this error: We're not sure we understood your query, so the results might not be what you were looking for. – Axel Apr 25 '18 at 8:06
  • Are these content types in a specific library or site? Have you tried Authoritative Pages/Sites? – Matthew McDermott Apr 26 '18 at 12:26
  • I removed the condition in the query rule and it worked. Thanks! – Axel Apr 26 '18 at 13:39

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