Since our Alpha group is now active on Parts.io, we want to make sure they have lots of different ways to try out the site. Sometimes when presented with a new website--especially a search engine--it can be hard to think of searches to try unless you're mid project. Here are some of the searches we recommend in order to help us exercise the site (and so you can see what you do and don't like):
This one is very easy to try out from the front page of parts.io. Just pick a general category you use often and start browsing. We call the first set of high level buttons the "class" (resistors, capacitors, etc) and next level down "categories" ("film foil resistor"). If you know what you like browsing for, or have looked for certain category of parts in the past, this is likely the best way to search.
Example search: Transistors -> General Purpose Power FET
Again, this will be based upon past searches. This is good for testing out whether parts you have on your boards are properly in our database. It's also an interesting way to try out the "expand" function of Parts.io.
Example Search: MSP430F1222IDW
This is good for when you think you know a part you are interested in, but don't know what flavor of part you are really looking for. If you are trying to trade off price, availability, footprint and power dissipation, this could be the way to go.
Example search: LM317
This is a plaintext search from the command line. We have already seen some issues with this from users, such as searching for colloquial or acronym terms that don't return any matches within our database (like this thread about searching for "ADC"). The normal flow is that if the plain text search does return the category you are expecting, it should return a range of results with a plain text match of that term. This search will continue to improve as we get more and more "soft" search terms and as we continue to add intelligence.
Example Search: "1K resistor 0603"
It is possible that some of these searches will return unexpected or unusual results. Please be sure to let us know using the "Bug Report", "Search Questions" or "Feature Request" tags when you create a new thread about searches (and please be sure to create a new thread, not just respond here).
Here is a list of random searches that might provide you with other interesting datapoints (assuming you can't think of any "exact" or "partial" search terms).