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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
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    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.
    Is seems elementary to parse vBulletin search arguments to insert: site: largeformatphotography.info perhaps as an option. No?

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    Is seems elementary to parse vBulletin search arguments to insert: site: largeformatphotography.info perhaps as an option. No?
    To intercept arguments fed to the vBulletin search tool, pipe them to Google along with the appropriate scope qualifiers, then pipe the output from Google back to the vBulletin search tool, or to a newly-created output page? No.

    If not that, what do you have in mind?

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    To intercept arguments fed to the vBulletin search tool, pipe them to Google along with the appropriate scope qualifiers, then pipe the output from Google back to the vBulletin search tool, or to a newly-created output page? No.
    Pipe? In a browser? I'm afraid you lost me, Oren.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jac@stafford.net View Post
    Is seems elementary to parse vBulletin search arguments to insert: site: largeformatphotography.info perhaps as an option. No?
    OK, so let's take a step back. Can you spell out in more detail what you mean by this?

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    I often start with Google for the search to begin with, by typing in the name of the lens and do an image search. I can, for example, type in "Eurynar" and in the search results I might see a landscape photo posted on this forum. Since there may be hundreds of photos posted taken with different lenses in the photo threads here it's not likely that the photo Google suggested was taken with an Eurynar lens, but that there may be one in the thread somewhere since the lens was mentioned, so I click on the link and get a printer-friendly page with no images. Then I'll have to search for the word "Eurynar" on the page, find it and look at the date the post was posted. Then click on the normal forum view and manually search for that post. Sometimes I find it with the photo still there and sometimes it's gone because it's old.

    Using the "site:" trick on Google doesn't help in this case. It will find the threads but not the specific posts.

    It's easy, however, to find plain discussion threads about certain topics.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by J. Patric Dahlen View Post
    Using the "site:" trick on Google doesn't help in this case. It will find the threads but not the specific posts.
    Have you tried using the "search thread" feature? That is, once you've determined by whatever means that the search term of interest to you exists somewhere in a long thread, open that thread and use "search thread" to find the specific posts in which that search term occurs.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by Oren Grad View Post
    Have you tried using the "search thread" feature? That is, once you've determined by whatever means that the search term of interest to you exists somewhere in a long thread, open that thread and use "search thread" to find the specific posts in which that search term occurs.
    Thanks for the tip! Not perfect, but it does make it easier to find posts that you know are "hidden" somewhere in the threads.

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    Re: Can the search system be improved?

    Quote Originally Posted by J. Patric Dahlen View Post
    Thanks for the tip! Not perfect, but it does make it easier to find posts that you know are "hidden" somewhere in the threads.
    Good! Yes, the two-step search process is clumsy - I wish it could be more convenient than that.

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