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  • Search SUCKS!!

    The search function in this forum is abysmal at best. This is the only forum I've been to where if you put in multiple specific words to search for, the result will be MULTIPLE threads with only one of the words within the thread. This makes absolutely no sense; if I was at all interested in a thread, allow me the courtesy to input that one word for the result of that particular thread. Don't give me that thread because it contained ONE of the three words I'm searching for. My time is consistently wasted with searching through thread results in this forum that don't contain EXACTLY what I am searching for. And then when people get fed up of searching through irrelevant threads returned by the search, the response is, "Use search". NO DAMN IT, it's useless! Personally, I would prefer to use search instead of posting the same thing for the millionth time....but not with the search capabilities of this forum.

  • #3
    Last time I used google very successfully (first returns).
    Wanting to find my UIBI posts, I simply used mp3car uibi oldspark

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    • #4
      As pointed out by OldSpark, its best to use google itself.... Even tho takes a little more time, Does end up being much quicker.
      Enter The Following Line Into Google....

      site:mp3car.com Stereo Replacement Ideas

      the above line will search only mp3car.com with the keywords in bold,
      2004 Holden WL Caprice Auto GENIII
      Base System = Raspberry Pi
      Everything else is pending for now as switched from a Mini-ITX setup

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      • #5
        Have you tried using "AND" between the terms? I know that vB doesn't look to see if all terms are in a single post/title, but it's supposed to work if you use "AND".
        1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS with: ASRock E350M1 w/4GB RAM, 80GB Intel SSD, Opus DCX3.120, Visteon HD Radio + HDR-USB, PL-18N wifi, OBDLink Scan Tool, BTA6210 BT, BU-353, Win 7 Ultimate, CF 4.0, Alpine MRP-F240 + MRP-T220, RF Punch 1572s, Kicker 8" Comp.

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        • #6
          I've tried AND, quotes, plus sign, none work. It's just sad. I wish/hope more people will complain so this can be fixed/changed...unless it simply doesn't annoy anyone else. I think the fact that people resort to using google speaks for itself. I don't use google because a lot of times I like to search titles only...unless that's possible with google, let me know. Besides, using google is flawed in searching multiple words, but is waaaaay better than this sites search function. Come on, let's get this fixed.

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          • #7
            which other forums are you on, and what software do they use?

            i'm also on hidplanet(new vbulletin 4.1) and club3g(old vbulletin 3.8) and both have done the same thing as long as i can remember. i have simply started searching via the
            google 'site:' method any time i need it...
            My OLD 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse GT:
            "The Project That Never Ended, until it did"


            next project? subaru brz
            carpc undecided

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            • #8
              There is a hack that can be incorporated, but it's something the forum admin has to do.
              1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS with: ASRock E350M1 w/4GB RAM, 80GB Intel SSD, Opus DCX3.120, Visteon HD Radio + HDR-USB, PL-18N wifi, OBDLink Scan Tool, BTA6210 BT, BU-353, Win 7 Ultimate, CF 4.0, Alpine MRP-F240 + MRP-T220, RF Punch 1572s, Kicker 8" Comp.

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              • #9
                a hack to use the old vb3 search? Or a hack to search the site via google? I can look for both

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                • #10
                  The way I believe search works, is that it tries to use all of your words first, then it uses them individually. If I search for power supply, the first 8 results all have "power supply", the rest have either power or supply

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                  • #11
                    This is the search hack I found. Of course, you have to be a member to see it...

                    http://www.vbulletin.org/forum/showthread.php?t=243997
                    1999 Mercury Grand Marquis GS with: ASRock E350M1 w/4GB RAM, 80GB Intel SSD, Opus DCX3.120, Visteon HD Radio + HDR-USB, PL-18N wifi, OBDLink Scan Tool, BTA6210 BT, BU-353, Win 7 Ultimate, CF 4.0, Alpine MRP-F240 + MRP-T220, RF Punch 1572s, Kicker 8" Comp.

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                    • #12
                      I used to build web sites, forums being a main component of them, and all that I've built with other forum software has been able to search in the way I expect. Whether it come preprogramed to search in that manner, or there is an official or hacked modification to search the way I expect, it has always been possible. It's just a matter of the administrator or moderator willing to implement it. Granted, I have never worked with vBulletin before, but I find it hard to believe that they don’t have a modification for this. And it has always been as simple as literally plugging in the code package, or the addition of a few lines of code in the existing search script page.

                      optikalefx, I believe you are right in the way the forum searches, I have noticed that. So sometimes it will be the first 5, 12, 16, 20 threads....who knows until you get deep into the 21 to realise it doesn't contain what you need.
                      Last edited by Champak; 01-14-2012, 12:17 AM.

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                      • #13
                        Any thoughts or views on this from the powers that be.

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                        • #14
                          Not wanting to step on any toes or cause hurt feelings but the search function needs help. I see so much info here and I know the answers to most of my questions are all ready answered somewhere. This forum needs heavy consolidation IMHO. I quit searching when the wikis linked me to the faq that linked me back to the wikis. Lol I was opening so many tabs so I didn't get lost. I had multiple duplicate tabs open. I also found this site easier to navigate on my phone.

                          I have noticed some forums have better search capability than others and I couldn't explain why other than I have bester results with the sites who have added the ability to use Google search engine just for their forum. I also kinda gave up searching here when the top hits where all starting at post 1 of a 50+ page thread.

                          Nevermind search results 6 or 7 years old. Kinda like reading about tech stuff ya find at hand me down shops these days.

                          As I mentioned at the start, no ill will ment by any of this. Its just very exasperating trying to find the info so spread out.

                          Best Regards
                          Gonk

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                          • #15
                            I would also love to see search fixed. It is painful.

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