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Mark Dionne
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It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short words

#1 Post by Mark Dionne » Sat Oct 05, 2013 10:36 pm

If I search the forums for "J-pipe" the search algorithm finds nothing though it really should find many matches. If I search for "J pipe" the search algorithm kicks out the J from the search and the results are not useful.

I have done other searches where short words are kicked out of the search, giving un-helpful results. If I really want to run the search without the short word, I can leave it out myself!

Can this be fixed?
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Re: It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short w

#2 Post by Greg Bryan » Sun Oct 06, 2013 12:44 am

Thanks, Mark - I will forward to the webmaster for his review
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Re: It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short w

#3 Post by Matthew Devereux » Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:22 am

I've been frustrated searching with this limitation too. This is common on most forums that I visit. I'm sure that there is a good reason for it. Its something to think about when creating a title for a new thread. On some forums people really like to use abbreviations which will just result in their threads being left out of future searches.
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Re: It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short w

#4 Post by Michael Ufford » Mon Oct 07, 2013 9:29 am

When this happens to me, I do a search on Google for: http://porsche356registry.org/356talk plus the words I am looking for "enclosed in quotation marks."
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Re: It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short w

#5 Post by James Davies » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:26 am

In the forum search field, if you type in "j pipe" including the quotation marks, it will search for whatever is in the quotation marks. Just like in Google search. It returns anything that contains either "j pipe" or "j-pipe".

This can partially mitigate the problem.

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Re: It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short w

#6 Post by Mark Dionne » Mon Oct 07, 2013 10:57 am

James, searching for "j pipe" in quotes returns the same 827 results as searching for "pipe".
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Re: It seems wrong that the search algorithm ignores short w

#7 Post by Michael Ufford » Tue Oct 08, 2013 6:49 am

That's why it is better to use the Google search engine, as suggested above.
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