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    Google Custom Search Bar Please!

    It's no secret the built in search function of the site isn't the best. Some people know about the trick of typing "site:hammockforums.net" into Google, and then whatever they want to search for after to get better search results, but I'd presume most users aren't aware of this. Adding a Google Custom Search Bar to the site shouldn't be that difficult, and would be a great tool for all users! Here's the page about it. http://www.google.com/sitesearch/

    I'm not too tech savvy when it comes to building webpages, so I don't know if this is easy, hard, impossible, or somewhere in between, but if it can be done, at the least, I'd sure be appreciative!

    Also, for Google Chrome users, with the search bar added to the site, you can start typing "hammockforums.net" in the URL bar, and after a few characters when it recognizes the site, you should be able to hit tab, which will automatically jump to a custom search of the site in the same bar. Then type your search query, and viola, efficient HF searching goodness! (You can try this with Youtube.)

    Thanks for listening!
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    That is pretty cool! I agree about the search...needs to be a little easier to find things. I hate asking other HF members a question only to find out I've missed a thread with my answer (I always search before asking).
    Just when I thought you couldn't possibly be any dumber, you go and do something like this... and totally redeem yourself!

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    Quote Originally Posted by ArcsandSparks View Post
    That is pretty cool! I agree about the search...needs to be a little easier to find things. I hate asking other HF members a question only to find out I've missed a thread with my answer (I always search before asking).
    Agreed! And sometimes you search, but it doesn't turn up the answer even if it is buried somewhere. Hopefully that would fix this!
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    wow I feel dumb now. I honestly gave up on the search button along time ago and just started pm'ing people with questions or googling things. but I never knew you could type that stuff in! dang I learn something everything day
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    Agreed, we are a little small to have our own appliance, but custom search would be a handy addition! I vote yea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by stefprez View Post
    It's no secret the built in search function of the site isn't the best. Some people know about the trick of typing "site:hammockforums.net" into Google, and then whatever they want to search for after to get better search results, but I'd presume most users aren't aware of this. Adding a Google Custom Search Bar to the site shouldn't be that difficult, and would be a great tool for all users! Here's the page about it. http://www.google.com/sitesearch/

    I'm not too tech savvy when it comes to building webpages, so I don't know if this is easy, hard, impossible, or somewhere in between, but if it can be done, at the least, I'd sure be appreciative!

    Also, for Google Chrome users, with the search bar added to the site, you can start typing "hammockforums.net" in the URL bar, and after a few characters when it recognizes the site, you should be able to hit tab, which will automatically jump to a custom search of the site in the same bar. Then type your search query, and viola, efficient HF searching goodness! (You can try this with Youtube.)

    Thanks for listening!
    I vote for the Google search, but I also have Chrome. Thanks for the tip.

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    Any Mods have input on this? Curious to hear some "official" thoughts!
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    I find myself wondering about this more and more. Sure we can and often times do go to google and perform a site search to find what we are looking for. But it seems as if daily someone who is unaware of the limitations of the forums current built in search functions is asking for the answer to a question that they are unable to find using the current search and so one of us who have been around for a while explain to them how to do a proper google search for what they are looking for.

    This could be cut down quite a lot with an updated google search function added to the forums.
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    I'd be all for it. I use the site:hammockforums.net search all the time, and nearly always find what I'm looking for. The limitations imposed by, frequency of occurrence (of a search term), and length of word by the built in search function leave a bit to be desired.
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    We'll look into it and get back to ya.
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