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Local Search FAIL!

I just noticed the local search is failing to find any results, but refreshing the browser on the SAME search then returns results (As they should be)

This makes the API almost completely unusable since you can't trust any given return from it.
(Of course as I'm writing this post, I CAN'T get it to fail now.. GRRR)

When it works: <ResultSet xsi:schemaLocation="urn:yahoo:lcl http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...ponse.xsd" totalResultsAvailable="62" totalResultsReturned="1" firstResultPosition="1">

When it Fails: <ResultSet xsi:schemaLocation="urn:yahoo:lcl http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...ponse.xsd" totalResultsAvailable="0" totalResultsReturned="0" firstResultPosition="0">

Has ANYONE else had this behavior? If it were timing out or something, OK, but when it just decides there aren't any results for the same exact search I just ran.. THAT makes me very leery of using the Yahoo API. sad.gif

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  • Happening again today:

    http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...6&results=1

    as an example...

    <ResultSet xsi:schemaLocation="urn:yahoo:lcl http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...ponse.xsd" totalResultsAvailable="0" totalResultsReturned="0" firstResultPosition="1">
    <ResultSetMapUrl/>
    </ResultSet>

    <!--
    ws13.ydn.ac4.yahoo.com compressed/chunked Wed Feb 2 11:50:14 PST 2011
    -->



    After hitting refresh a few times on browser:

    <ResultSet xsi:schemaLocation="urn:yahoo:lcl http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...ponse.xsd" totalResultsAvailable="735" totalResultsReturned="2" firstResultPosition="1">

    <ResultSetMapUrl>
    http://maps.yahoo.com/broadband/?q1=Palo+A...=pizza&tp=1
    </ResultSetMapUrl>

    <Result id="28734629">
    <Title>Patxi's Chicago Pizza</Title>
    <Address>441 Emerson St</Address>
    <City>Palo Alto</City>
    <State>CA</State>
    <Phone>(650) 473-9999</Phone>
    <Latitude>37.445242</Latitude>
    <Longitude>-122.163427</Longitude>

    <Rating>
    <AverageRating>4.5</AverageRating>
    <TotalRatings>27</TotalRatings>
    <TotalReviews>27</TotalReviews>
    <LastReviewDate>1241377358</LastReviewDate>

    <
    etc...etc....

    </Result>
    </ResultSet>

    <!--
    ws11.ydn.ac4.yahoo.com compressed/chunked Wed Feb 2 11:51:20 PST 2011
    -->


    This makes using Yahoo Local Search API too risky, as an end user could search for something, get "0 Results" and move on, when in fact, there could be hundreds of matches for their query.
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  • Happening again today:

    http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...6&results=1

    as an example...

    <ResultSet xsi:schemaLocation="urn:yahoo:lcl http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...ponse.xsd" totalResultsAvailable="0" totalResultsReturned="0" firstResultPosition="1">
    <ResultSetMapUrl/>
    </ResultSet>

    <!--
    ws13.ydn.ac4.yahoo.com compressed/chunked Wed Feb 2 11:50:14 PST 2011
    -->



    After hitting refresh a few times on browser:

    <ResultSet xsi:schemaLocation="urn:yahoo:lcl http://local.yahooapis.com/LocalSearchServ...ponse.xsd" totalResultsAvailable="735" totalResultsReturned="2" firstResultPosition="1">

    <ResultSetMapUrl>
    http://maps.yahoo.com/broadband/?q1=Palo+A...=pizza&tp=1
    </ResultSetMapUrl>

    <Result id="28734629">
    <Title>Patxi's Chicago Pizza</Title>
    <Address>441 Emerson St</Address>
    <City>Palo Alto</City>
    <State>CA</State>
    <Phone>(650) 473-9999</Phone>
    <Latitude>37.445242</Latitude>
    <Longitude>-122.163427</Longitude>

    <Rating>
    <AverageRating>4.5</AverageRating>
    <TotalRatings>27</TotalRatings>
    <TotalReviews>27</TotalReviews>
    <LastReviewDate>1241377358</LastReviewDate>

    <
    etc...etc....

    </Result>
    </ResultSet>

    <!--
    ws11.ydn.ac4.yahoo.com compressed/chunked Wed Feb 2 11:51:20 PST 2011
    -->


    This makes using Yahoo Local Search API too risky, as an end user could search for something, get "0 Results" and move on, when in fact, there could be hundreds of matches for their query.
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