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Search function is crap

Post by HighlyJetted on Mon Dec 31, 2012 6:40 pm

Have you ever actually tried the search functions on this forum. Laughing Laughing Laughing

The search only searches the titles of the topics. Which is about as much use as..... as...... a blocked toilet.

So say theres a topic called "hello" but it contains the words "wheel" etc, then you'll never find that topic. And like most topics round here, they never quite keep to the subject title.

This forum at the moment is running in phpbb, but its a really really old outdated version.

It'd be nice to be on phpbb2 or something else which actually has a search function that works.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by bushwhacker on Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:41 pm

If you select 'Topics' on the search query it will list only the topic titles with matching words highlighted.

If you select 'Posts' it will list the titles along with the contents of the post with relevant words highlighted.

It's still a bit hit and miss though.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by HighlyJetted on Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:44 pm

So I'm not tripping then? I've tried to search out posts a few times but never found them even though I know those words are in there somewhere.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by bushwhacker on Thu Jan 03, 2013 6:51 pm

An example would be to enter the search term 'steering wheel' and leave the radio button 'Topics' selected. This will result in a list of titles containing the words 'steering' or 'wheel' or 'steering wheel'.

Repeat but select the radio button 'posts' will result in entire posts being displayed with any of the above words highlighted in the titles or the text or both.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by rich the mechanic on Thu Jan 03, 2013 9:00 pm

bushwhacker wrote:

If you select 'Posts' it will list the titles along with the contents of the post with relevant words highlighted.


So where do I find that I maybe a little dim at times but I can't see it?
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by bushwhacker on Fri Jan 04, 2013 3:15 pm

It's on the 'search query' window just under the box you type the search string in.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by rich the mechanic on Fri Jan 04, 2013 10:24 pm

Nope don't seem to have that

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Re: Search function is crap

Post by HighlyJetted on Fri Jan 04, 2013 11:16 pm

No silly! Click on the search menu in between FAQ and Memberlist at the top of every page
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by rich the mechanic on Sat Jan 05, 2013 9:01 pm

Ahhh ta very much hadn't noticed that one.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by hijetx2 on Tue Jan 15, 2013 4:24 pm

the search settings can be adjusted in the phbb admin..

this will help if its off ---> ie.. turn it on..


Fulltext native

ENABLE FULLTEXT UPDATING: This option allows you to control whether or not your board's search index will update when posts are made. If you would like to enable this, choose YES. Note that this setting is not relevant if your board's search functionality is disabled entirely.

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Re: Search function is crap

Post by leopard_pagan on Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:34 pm

if i knew where to look in admin panel... ? cant seem to see anything relating to search functions past promoting the site on the main search engines.
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Re: Search function is crap

Post by HighlyJetted on Sat Mar 23, 2013 4:48 pm

It'll be a cut back version of phpbb2 implemented by findtalk freeforums etc.
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