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Why TW Search Sucks

Discussion in 'Site Suggestions' started by mattygabe, Feb 11, 2011.

  1. Feb 11, 2011 at 6:55 AM
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    mattygabe

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    Hey guys, great site, and this isn't a beef with you (it's with the makers of the vBulletin forum software), but the search function for the forums SUCKS.

    Whatever I search for, I rarely find. One minute mention of a single word in a search of 3 of my words makes a single thread the first result... three pages later I find the thread I needed.

    I actually searched for the exact title of a mod that everyone was quoting... didn't find it.

    What I did find, however, is that Google indexes TW pretty frequently, and using it to search finds relevant threads QUICKLY.

    For example I'll compare the two. I wanted to know who's installed HD Radios in their Tacos (preferably 2nd gen, but I was looking for anything). I searched for (without the quotes) "HD Radio".

    On TW, I got a ton of results, a couple polls, none of them had radio in the title, and of the 6 I randomly looked at on the first page, NONE had HD in them, let alone "HD Radio".

    So I used Google instead. Search the term "HD Radio site:tacomaworld.com", first result was the thread entitled, "HD Radio?" Really?

    Could you guys provide a link to a custom Google site search focused on TW only? Everyone complains that people don't use search enough, yet they probably do - it just doesn't work much, if at all.
     
  2. Feb 11, 2011 at 6:57 AM
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  3. Feb 11, 2011 at 7:00 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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  4. Feb 11, 2011 at 7:05 AM
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    AeroCooper

    AeroCooper Half the strength of ten (microscopic men)

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    When you search, there is an optional check box "Search Titles Only", it is also a drop down box option in Advanced Search.
    When I did your search for "HD Radio" with "Search Titles Only" checked it came back with 11 threads, 2 of which are called "HD Radio".
     
  5. Feb 11, 2011 at 7:19 AM
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    That's somewhat helpful, but Google also returns relevant results that don't have the search terms in the title, too.
     
  6. Feb 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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    like AeroCooper said, when you check the box that said Search Titles Only, it will search titles for what you wanted.

    I'll add google custom search to the search box since it is a good idea. if you think other things suck you're welcome to pm me as well.
     
  7. Feb 11, 2011 at 7:20 AM
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  8. Feb 11, 2011 at 7:22 AM
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    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Shows 11 results for me...maybe I can't link by search ID or something.

    Another method, which returned 279 results, is to type "HD radio" (with quotes) and tell it to display them as posts, not threads.
     
  9. Feb 21, 2011 at 8:53 AM
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    By the way, thanks for adding the Google Search to the bar at the top... That's awesome. Hopefully we see a reduction in the amount of "I tried to search but couldn't find anything" messages, or at least a reduction in duplicate threads.
     
  10. Feb 21, 2011 at 10:42 AM
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    You need more practice searching. :p:p:p:p

    ;)
     
  11. Feb 21, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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