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Why is the search function so poor?

#1 Post by Edwin Ek » Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:36 pm

Why can't it function like every other search function I have ever used?

You put in a search phrase and hit enter. Vooiillaaa.

Even after this comprehensive upgrade, it still works just as poorly.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#2 Post by Curt Dansby » Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 pm

Edwin
Specifics please.

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#3 Post by Gerald MacPherson » Tue Mar 19, 2019 2:03 am

How can I join the daily digest. Says go to talk, user panel, then digests. There is nothing that says digests.

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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#4 Post by Mark Sabbann » Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:11 am

In the upper right of the Forum, below the brown banner, click on your name for a drop down menu where you will see the link for the user control panel. Click that to see four tabs at mid-left screen, one of which is the Digest link. Follow that to set up your digest.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#5 Post by David Pateman » Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:16 pm

Curt Dansby wrote:
Tue Feb 12, 2019 11:41 pm
Specifics please.
Say that I am searching for the 616/12 engine references. The best it will do is find 616 references and the 12 is ignored
+616 +12 result ignored: 12
616/12 result ignored: 12
"616/12" result ignored: 12

so trying to search for specific engine info this way is a lost cause. A term between quotes should be a valid method for us.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#6 Post by Greg Bryan » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:22 pm

Gerald - regarding the digest issue you're having, please see the thread below. Sorry for the slow response - I thought I posted this already, but I must have not hit the Submit button
viewtopic.php?f=15&t=24604

Edwin - Poor search is a function of the phpBB software, so not within our control. Some have perfected using Google to search the site, but I'm not one of them.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#7 Post by David Jones » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:27 pm

I sent a message to the administrators about the member search function and never got a reply so I will try again here. Why can I not put in a member name instead of just an initial when searching. It seems obvious that it is not a very sane way to search.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#8 Post by Greg Bryan » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:44 pm

David - I know member search is pathetic - I believe you must key it in exactly as it displays in the forum to find it.
Searching on the first name is actually fairly easy and quick - not Google quick -
This was addressed in a thread some years back, I'll search for it (oh crap)
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#9 Post by David Jones » Mon Mar 25, 2019 4:54 pm

Thanks Greg but where do I type in the member name? All I can find is to choose an initial letter. No drop down or box in which to type a name. That would be an improvement over what is there right now. How would I search for Greg for instance. Try David and get more than a few hits.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#10 Post by Edwin Ek » Mon Mar 25, 2019 5:01 pm

It seems hard to believe that something so widely used (phpBB software for forums) is so useless when performing a basic task. I bet many other forums use it also and have better behavior. In other words the problem is implementation, not features.

David Pateman's post illustrates the problem.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#11 Post by David Pateman » Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:41 pm

phpBB software for forums is the problem I think. DDK also uses this software and it's search function is also dreadful. Vbulletin seems much better.
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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#12 Post by James Davies » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:12 pm

David, enclose your search in quotations, like "616/12".

Search might seem simple to the user, but it is anything but simple. Doing search correctly is why Google is a $billion company.

And you can always use Google to search the site:

"site:forum.porsche356registry.org 616/12"

That's what I do.

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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#13 Post by Curt Dansby » Tue Mar 26, 2019 11:02 am

Member search is much improved over what it was prior to the last software upgrade.
See the attached file.

One wild card to remember is that someone may have joined as "Reginald or "R" Smith" but may post as Reg, or Reggie" thus making the search potentially more difficult.

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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

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Re: Why is the search function so poor?

#15 Post by Dan Macdonald » Fri Jul 12, 2019 12:49 pm

Curt,
How about putting together one of your famous video tutorials on this?
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