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    Unhappy Search Function Frustration

    It may just be me but the forum's Search feature returns too many results to be useful.

    Best I can tell, adding words expands the search rather than limiting it. For example, searching "jerry chair" brings up more results than just searching "chair". Also, you'd expect the message thread on the Jerry Chair to be the top result but it's not.

    Can the Search feature be modified to make it more useful? Program the site so search assumes AND between the words rather than OR? Another great feature would be if you could put phrases in quotes to better target results.
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    I agree.....
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    I think the spelling of "Search" should be modified to a more fitting length. I'm thinking it should have 4 letters.
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    Have you tried using the Advanced Search feature? It allows you to narrow down some of the criteia when searching.

    Another useful search function is to use Google to search a site. There is the standard way to accomplish this:


    Site Specific Search:


    Often, you want to search a specific website for content that matches a certain phrase. Even if the site doesn’t support a built-in search feature, you can use Google to search the site for your term. Simply use the "site:somesite.com" modifier.

    Examples:

    "jerry chair" site:www.hammockforums.net

    OR

    site:www.hammockforums.net jerry chair
    and a new, easier way.
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    What I'm hearing is that you think the relevance weighting scores for term matches are too high. I will see about tweaking that some, and we'll look again in a week or so.

    That being said, the site is set to return recent term matches above older ones.
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    +1 on the google search.
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    I find the easiest way to narrow down results is to use the Advance Search use the drop down box to 'Search Titles Only' instead of 'Search Entire Post'. Then try searching for just 'jerry' or just 'chair'.
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    Tags used to be fairly useful too, but I see fewer and fewer of them these days. Maybe time for another "how to use tags" thread?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Tags used to be fairly useful too, but I see fewer and fewer of them these days. Maybe time for another "how to use tags" thread?
    Here's the original thread on using the Tag system.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mbiraman View Post
    +1 on the google search.
    it works quite well!
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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