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Thread: Can the search system be improved?

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    Can the search system be improved?

    I find it extremely annoying when I search for, for example, the name of a certain lens, and the result I get is a list of topics. Some of the topics have tens and sometimes hundreds of pages, so to find the post mentioning the lens I would have to look through and read page after page after page after page...

    In my last search I wanted to see photos taken with a certain lens. Found a thread and had to scroll through over 50 pages until I found the post, and since it being old of course the photos attached to that post were gone. That was a waste of time.

    Why not have a search system that can show the relevant posts instead of only the topics in where they are hidden? That is possible in most forums, and you just tick a box if you want to see the results as posts instead of topics.

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    Re: Cand the search system be improved?

    Patric, use Google Advanced Search. I put instructions in the list.

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    Re: Cand the search system be improved?

    Dan is right—use Google with appropriate modifiers, including a site parameter.

    https://support.google.com/websearch.../2466433?hl=en

    The search engine in the forum comes from vBulletin and it is rather minimalist.

    Rick “Google is your friend” Denney

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    I believe the op is referring to this forums search.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsydog View Post
    I believe the op is referring to this forums search.
    Understood, but just jumping to the URL bar in any browser is not much trouble.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    I agree with the OP and thank my fellow LFers for the Google suggestion.
    Peter Collins

    On the intent of the First Amendment: The press was to serve the governed, not the governors --Opinion, Hugo Black, Judge, Supreme Court, 1971 re the "Pentagon Papers."

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by gypsydog View Post
    I believe the op is referring to this forums search.
    Yes, but I was providing an alternative. The search engine in vBulletin is what it is, and using Google reduces the need to replace it, not that we have any control over that.

    I did look to see if there were features we had not turned on, but to no avail.

    Rick “just include ‘site:largeformatphotography.info’ in your Google searches” Denney

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Google is fine, but it's nothing more than a hack to get around a broken system.

    We shouldn't excuse the poor functionality of the forum software.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by MAubrey View Post
    Google is fine, but it's nothing more than a hack to get around a broken system.

    We shouldn't excuse the poor functionality of the forum software.
    Exactly! and why not just give the op a truthful answer, they probably already know about using google.
    Last edited by gypsydog; 5-Sep-2018 at 17:15.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    To be clear:

    1. It is not practical for us to re-engineer the vBulletin search function.
    2. Because of software maintenance issues, as a matter of policy we do not do custom programming such as embedding Google tools directly into Forum pages.
    3. For the time being, we are not in a position to transition to other Forum software.
    4. Those who need a more reliable search function are best advised to use Google or other external search tools as Dan and Rick have described.

    Let us know if that leaves any unresolved questions.

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