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Notes about the EF search function

The search page provides three ways to search the site:
- simple
- advanced
- Google

The simple function searches three things:
- thread titles
- thread tags
- usernames

It does not search the content of posts. So the results will only be threads whose titles or tags contain the words you searched.

The username search is a handy way to quickly navigate to a user's profile, provided you know their username and can spell it correctly.

For example: http://www.englishforum.ch/search2.php?q=editor+bob

Search functions are a very difficult thing to do well. But understanding how they work helps make better use of them. And between the three options we provide for searching, hopefully you'll always be able to find what you're looking for.
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Old 01.02.2011, 09:56
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

is a search language available i.e. boolean operators etc...? Or is it just keyword searching ?
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

The simple search works with the two AND/OR radio buttons.

But no boolean operators can be used within the search box itself, no.
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Old 01.02.2011, 10:38
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

it might be worth mentioning that the box top-right is the shimple one, right?
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Old 01.02.2011, 13:06
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

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The search page provides three ways to search the site:
- simple
- advanced
- Google
If I search for "search" I get
- simple: 100 results
- advanced: 500 results
- Google: 106000 results

I just can't see any reason why selecting a search that only searches titles and only returns 100 results won the day as being the one to use with the search box.
I think we all have used google and also that they know a thing or two about selecting the right methods etc.
Why not make the search box default to returning the google englishforum site results, with an advanced search linked from the menus if peolpe want to specify/see EF parameters etc.
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Old 01.02.2011, 13:53
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

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The simple search works with the two AND/OR radio buttons.

But no boolean operators can be used within the search box itself, no.
Really?

That's odd, as normally the seach function cuts out "common" words. One time I used "." around the common terms I was using and the seach came up trumps. Or is "." not considered boolean?
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Old 01.02.2011, 15:19
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

Sometime ago, a member posted a download to 'Search EF'. I found it quite useful. English Forum Search Engine Plug-in It also works on short word searches.

The search box seems to be irrelevant and not worth the effort. I go straight to Advanced Search, usually selecting 'Search Titles Only'. Searching entire posts usually brings up far too many results to be practical.

The 'less than perfect' search facilities makes it more important that thread titles, in particular, are spelled correctly and there are not too many duplicate threads. This justifies some of the merging of threads.
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Did we... no, we couldn't, surely? Did we actually get told about something in this thread?

Well, that's a turn up for the books! Maybe the new regime isn't so bad after all...
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Re: Notes about the EF search function

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Well, that's a turn up for the books! Maybe the new regime isn't so bad after all...
Maybe it was a sponsored reply...
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