search engine uselessness...

Discussion in 'Site Discussions & Suggestions' started by knl, Apr 20, 2009.

  1. knl
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    knl I can change this?

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    I seriously think the search function in gbatemp is probably the worst search function I've ever seen.
    It doesn't let you search specific forums, doesn't allow you to search for anything under 3 letters, specify that all words must be in the results, nothing at all.
    I couldn't even search for something as simple as "acekard booting to slot 2" because "to" and "2" are blocked, and even if I could, I'd find everything involving each individual word, which would be just as useless as it not working.
    Is there a limitation because of the software used for the forum, that makes it impossible to implement an actual search feature, or is it something else?
     
  2. Sir-Fritz

    Sir-Fritz GBAtemp Maniac

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    I made a post about this a few months ago... it wasnt fixed.
     
  3. knl
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    knl I can change this?

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    did you get any explanation, or you didn't ask for one?
    Either way, this is also an example of what an efficient search engine would prevent: reposts of the same questions, over and over, since there is no way to know if that question has been already asked before.
     
  4. knl
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    knl I can change this?

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    bump because this can't go unanswered imo
     
  5. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

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    I find searching here perfectly functional, perhaps you guys just suck at searching.
     
  6. da_head

    da_head A dying dream..

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    um i'm afraid i'm gonna have to agree with the OP. sometimes i would search for new threads, and literally type in the exact name, and it wouldn't find it. so unless i'm spelling it completely wrong, then something is fucked up
     
  7. Toni Plutonij

    Toni Plutonij *has TrolleyDave & tiny p1ngy on moderating shelf!

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    Hmm, I never had any problems with our search function, but I mainly search members (usernames), so it's working perfectly for that..
    I guess there are some flaws to it, we'll see what admins have to say about it..
     
  8. jumpman17

    jumpman17 He's a semi-aquatic egg laying mammal of action!

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    Have you tried clicking the "Advance Search" directly under the search bar?

    It takes you here: http://gbatemp.net/index.php?s=&act=Search&mode=adv

    And from there you can click "Advanced Usage Help" and you can find more ways to search.

    The only thing you mention that you can't do is search 3 letter or less words.

    And if you really have to search for something with 3 letters or less, that is what the Google search bar is there for.
     
  9. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    An alternative is to enter this into google:

    site:www.gbatemp.net "acekard booting to slot 2"

    as shown

    Not a permanent solution, but one nether the less.

    Also, welcome back d00d.
     
  10. playallday

    playallday Group: GBAtemp Ghost

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    Would be nice if that was built in...
     
  11. knl
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    knl I can change this?

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    I don't see any such button, but thanks for the link.
     
  12. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    NOTHING TO SEE HERE [​IMG]
     
  13. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

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    Nope, I can't see it either. At first I thought it was the Lite skin problem, but I can't see the "Advanced Search" link in V3 skin either.
    But the Classic skin has the advanced options built-in, so you may want to try using that.
     
  14. Minox

    Minox I did it

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    NOTHING TO SEE HERE [​IMG]

    * accidentally removed everything, sorry minox
     
  15. DeMoN

    DeMoN GBAtemp Guru

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    Yeah it probably is. Funny how you mods always tell people off for not using the Search option, even though we only get a shitty version of it. [​IMG]
    But I understand, it's to save valuable bandwidth (as if this site weren't slow enough already).

    Here's the link for the full search options: http://gbatemp.net/index.php?s=&act=Se...ode=adv&f=0
     
  16. Hadrian

    Hadrian Better than Craigslist

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    lol you guys dont get that "Advance Search"? Sure I saw it before, oh well I apologise for saying you suck at searching then.
     
  17. Sstew

    Sstew GBAtemp's Grim Reaper.

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    Yeah, we don't get that Advance search" feature

    On a side note, I havent had any issues with the search bar.
     
  18. Minox

    Minox I did it

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    Neither have I. Even though I'm able to see "Advance Search" I haven't used it all. I find the Google search to fit my needs perfectly.
     
  19. dice

    dice pansy-ass ex-staff member

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    it already is.
     
  20. david432111

    david432111 GBAtemp Advanced Fan

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    I have a much higher chance of finding what I'm looking for if I just search google for keywords + gbatemp.