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    Search button oddness

    Discussion in 'Support & Feedback' started by LordKyleOfEarth, May 6, 2013.

    I've recently noticed some oddness with the site's search function. It seems that I'm unable to search for my works/posts that predate 2013 (or so). I can search by keyword or author, and in either case, I get nothing. If I manually page through sub forums, I can find the posts; but I'd rather slit my wrists than do that on a regular basis. The problem seems to be most pronounced when using the Advanced search for multiple content types:
    http://www.writingforums.org/search.php
     
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    The search has definitely degraded after one of the not-all-that-recent site software upgrades. It's no longer possible to do complete searches, even if the total number of results would be small. It's a nuisance as a site member, but was crippling when I was a moderator.
     
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    I just find myself thrashing my keyboard when I know that a thread exists, and I want to reference it, but I cannot find it. I guess we'll have to cut people some slack now when they post a tired old topic; no more "Ues teh search button n00b!" replies.
     
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    Search still works pretty well for finding recent threads, so go ahead and facepalm to your heart's content. :)

    Lawdy, if I see one more "How long should a chapter be" thread, I'll scream. Again.
     
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    This problem exists regardless of search functionality. It's transcendent.
     
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    Or ideopathic. :)
     
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    I've noticed this too. I'm currently rebuilding the search index. It should help, but I doubt it'll give us full search results. While I rebuild the index the search might not work at all - should be finished in about an hour.
     
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    Don't know anything about the rebuild, but should it fail, I find you can search forums using Google if you can remember something key in the thread or the title.

    For example, "writingforums search button"
     
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    Daniel I'm sure you've heard the rumors. Founder Staff Contributor

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    I very well may add Google search as another option. It was in the past.

    I did update the index. The results seem better to me, but I'm not sure if they're complete. Thoughts?
     
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    I went ahead and added google search as a replacement for our search box. The results aren't pretty - still need to do a little styling - but it's Google, so it's more accurate. You can still use the built-in search feature by doing an Advanced Search (needed if you want to search the Writing Workshop or a private section of the site or based on a particular member, etc.)
     

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