Got a tough problem with your Solr or Lucene application? Facing challenges that you’d like some advice on? Looking for new approaches to overcome a Lucene/Solr issue? Not sure how to get the results you expected? Don’t know where to get started?

Now, you can get your questions answered live, in front of an audience of hundreds of Lucene Revolution attendees! Back again by popular demand, “Stump the Chump” at Lucene Revolution 2011 is hosted by PMC chairman and Lucid Imagination co-founder Grant Ingersoll. Grant’s going on the hot seat in front of your peers, to tackle questions live.

All you need to do is send in your questions to us here at info[at] You can ask anything you like, but consider topics in areas like:

  • Data modelling
  • Query parsing
  • Tricky faceting
  • Text analysis
  • Scalability

You can email your questions to info[at] Please describe in detail the challenge you have faced and possible approach you have taken to solve the problem. Anything related to Solr/Lucene is fair game.

Our MC will read the questions, and Grant have to formulate a solution on the spot. A panel of judges will decide if he has provided an effective answer. Prizes will be awarded by the panel for the best question – and for those deemed to have “stumped the chump”.

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