search engine of the forum needs to be optimized

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by PG1995, Nov 27, 2011.

  1. PG1995

    Thread Starter Active Member

    Apr 15, 2011
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    Hi :)

    I request you to improve the Search feature of the forum. Most of the times I can't even find my own posts from previous threads. I wasn't even able to restrict the search to the threads started by me. I wanted to search for "current produced by batteries" within my own posts. Any guidelines to make searching experience better! Thank you for the help.

    Regards
    PG
     
  2. Wendy

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    The regular search is not too useful, you need to learn the advanced search, which works extremely well.

    It would probably be a good idea if the regular search were eliminated and the advanced search put in its place, but that is how it goes.
     
  3. mwalden824

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    Some cool features if possible would be:

    1) The use of logical search terms, such as: AND (must contain both words), OR (either terms or both), NOT, XOR, etc.

    2) exact phrases with quotation marks ""

    Or maybe I just don't know how to do it?

    -Michael
     
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2011
  4. Wendy

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    I would like those feature too, but for the near term I doubt it will happen. The administrators have been notably absent, life can be busy. The moderators don't have the ability, and to be honest I don't know if it can be done with this setup.

    You have to remember we are using a commercial package. Somethings can be done, while others not so likely.
     
  5. thatoneguy

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    It's possible that fulltext searching is disabled, due to the massive load it puts on the server.

    One forum I was on had fulltext search, even to the archives, available to donating members. Even then, searches would take 5 minutes to complete.
     
  6. mwalden824

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    Oh ok.

    An alternate way I found is to use google like this..

    Type in "site:allaboutcircuits.com Search Terms" without quotations.

    You can use all the things you can normally do with google of course including what I mentioned above.

    It would be more convenient on here though. But like you all said probably difficult to do.

    Thanks,
    -Michael
     
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