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Really? Where are they? No one has been complaining to me.
Originally posted by Lukefj I have seen a great number of complaints regarding the new search tool.
Because a plain text search of 400,000+ posts was proving too taxing on the server (search queries lasting more than 60 seconds) and the results being difficult to search through (common topics would return over 50 pages).
Why was there a switch in the first place?
I'm still confused about this.
I certainly don't remeber there being as many complaints about the search tool as there are now.
Really... where's the input? What search are you trying to complete?
I'm not trying to criticize, just offering input regarding things I have seen lately.
You can choose either one manually. Well... I've done a search, and since the new engine launched, 5 individual members have complained the searches are not returning what is expected... but there are a long list of "excellent!" type responses in the thread announcing the new search. If I don't know your problems, there's nothing that can be done. Please help me... give me an example search that is returning a less-than-expected result, and we can look at how you should be searching. A boolean search is much more accurate as the entire content of a post is indexed. With that improved accuracy and speed comes some new techniques you need to learn for searching. I've never been disappointed by my searches... but I'm familiar with boolean search. Again... give me an example, and I can show you how to improve the results.
Originally posted by kinglizard Maybe the “Search for matches in” on the search engine should be defaulted to “Thread SUBJECT lines only” instead of “thread POSTS only”.
Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
You can choose either one manually.
Again... give me an example, and I can show you how to improve the results.
The old engine would have given you the same result in this case. Here's an example of how to use the search tool for your search: In this case, it will return threads with both "HIV" and "H.I.V." ... but eliminate threads that contain "AIDS" and require the word "virus" to be within the returned results. Also don't forget to make sure the date range is set to the proper time-span, in this case, "fom the beginning" which will search all posts. And, with this search tool, you can jump to the specific post that contianed your search result by clicking on the PostID, rather than the entire thread which was a major shortcoming of the old search.
Originally posted by Lukefj An example as you requested. I typed in "HIV" and searched for posts on the topic. However no results were matched becasues I didn't type in "H.I.V." I think this type of perfection is what is limiting the results we receive.
Originally posted by EastCoastKid
I definitely liked the old search tool better. It was very effective. The new one is worthless. I don't even bother with it anymore.