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Search doesn't cut it

By jdclyde ·
Several times I have tried to search for an old discussion and have been unable to find it.

I have even known the title of the discussion, but the search engine is just the little train that couldn't.

What is up with this?

Is there anything that can be done?

Shouldn't I be able to put in a title and find it? After all, this IS one of the options in the "Advanced" search?

Or a topic or poster. Get a list of all the discussions a poster has participated in? A certain topic in multiple discussions?

Many that I have been looking for are pre-tags, and with all the side discussions even tags won't always work.

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Throwing steer-crap?

by neilb@uk In reply to No..that didn't sound rig ...

Is this another one of your "All American" sports like your silly version of football (where you rarely kick the ball)?

Just asking...


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by maecuff In reply to No..that didn't sound rig ...

I think that only happens in Texas...

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by jdclyde In reply to No..that didn't sound rig ...

It is definately just a "Texan" thing!

In Michigan, we just put it in a paperbag on your porch and light it on fire and run! Stomp THAT one out! ]:) (lots have cement porch so you don't burn down their house!)

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You're talking about throwing cow chips

by M_a_r_k In reply to No..that didn't sound rig ...

From wikipedia: "A cow chip is a flat, round, hard piece of cow feces. Cow chips are occasionally thrown for sport, and the World Cow Chip Throwing Championship is held annually in Beaver, Oklahoma."

It's definitely not "just a Texas thing". Where's Wisconsin? Isn't that somewhere near Michigan. Looks like you Midwesterners do it too, jd :^O

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I agree

by M_a_r_k In reply to Search doesn't cut it

I agree that the search engine is lousy. In addition to jd's list, wouldn't it be reasonable to have a search engine that could:
1) search for words in a discussion title (not all post titles)
2) search for messages posted between two specified dates
3) search only tags (what good are tags, anyway?)
4) find all messages posted by a certain user and all discussions started by a certain user

Aren't these posts stored in a database? These types of searches should be pretty straightforward.

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4) already partially exists

by CharlieSpencer In reply to I agree

Just click a member's name to link to his profile. That'll give you the last 20 discussions, Q&A, etc. Then you can use your browser's search to find the member's name.

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But that is not the way you do things!

by jdclyde In reply to 4) already partially exis ...

I shouldn't have to go one place to look one way, and a completely different place to see it another.

And what if I want to see what three members have been up to? Then I have to bee-bop around to each profile? I don't think so!

Just give me exactly what I want, when I want it, and I will be happy!

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We know...

by sMoRTy71 In reply to Search doesn't cut it

Search is one of those things that sounds easy on paper; however, it can often be tough to get right. I think our current search implementation is definitely in need of some (serious) tweaks.

I can't make any promises; however, I hope that we can address search at some point in '06.

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That would be grand!

by jdclyde In reply to We know...

It is frustrating to have to use Google to find anything on TR.

It seemed to work decent a while ago. Now trying to search on user is real bad.

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"My Discussions" sort order

by CharlieSpencer In reply to We know...

Any chance of going back to the old "sort by most recent activity" on the "My Discussions" page instead of the "sort by initial participation"?

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