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    Default Bug in forum search feature?

    Hi,

    I was looking for a particular thread that I participated in about a month back, but search results did not find it -- I found it by manually going back through my posts.

    Thread in question is this one: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...ootsplash.html

    Search was conducted as:
    - keyword: "bootsplash", username: "Tyler_K" ... thread not in list of hits
    - keyword: "splashy" and username: "Tyler_K" ... thread not in list of hits

    Very clearly you can see that it should produced a hit: http://forums.opensuse.org/english/g...ml#post2491205

    Any thoughts ? Or, for that matter, is this reproducible for others?

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    dd NNTP User

    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    > Any thoughts ?

    imho the forum search function is severely broken and has been for years
    (it is part of the vBulletin forum software and, afaict is unlikely to
    ever be fixed)..

    i'd suggest you use google, BUT when doing so to search the forums
    *always* use google's "site specifier" switch...as you see it used in
    this productive forum search:

    http://tinyurl.com/bsw3fpr

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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    Or you could use this one :
    Search - openSUSE.org

    It can search Wiki, forums, lists or of them at the same time. Works really well for me.
    Best regards,
    Greg

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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    IMHO it's not a bug. When entering the username, AFAIK the search function will search for threads started by $username
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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    Addition after some testing: entering your username indeed only gives threads started by you. Now back to finding the mentioned thread, try searching for "splashy or bootsplash" (with double quotes around it) and leave out the username. Conlusion: no bug.

    imho the forum search function is severely broken and has been for years
    (it is part of the vBulletin forum software and, afaict is unlikely to
    ever be fixed)..
    Please, support with facts. Facts that illustrate the "broken" aspect of VB's search function. Facts that support the idea of an assumed/presumed bug not going to be fixed.
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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    > Facts that illustrate the "broken" aspect of VB's search function.

    those facts were in evidence--supplied by the OP..

    anyway, i clearly labeled my assertion as opinion, and opinions need not
    be based in fact, but merely in perception...

    further, it is my opinion that when searching the openSUSE forums,
    google out performs the vBulletin engine in most every way imaginable..

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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    Okay, thanks for the feedback and suggestions. (That's kind of disappointing that the VB feature set doesn't support such ... oh well, there's always google, as has been pointed out)

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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    Quote Originally Posted by dd View Post
    > Facts that illustrate the "broken" aspect of VB's search function.

    those facts were in evidence--supplied by the OP..

    anyway, i clearly labeled my assertion as opinion, and opinions need not
    be based in fact, but merely in perception...

    further, it is my opinion that when searching the openSUSE forums,
    google out performs the vBulletin engine in most every way imaginable..

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    Default Re: Bug in forum search feature?

    A FYI - Not a search, but if you're searching on threads you've posted, you can open your own User Profile and various pre-configured searches/lists are there for you, inlcuding

    Any threads you've participated in
    Threads started by you
    Latest posts

    Too bad I don't see a simple way to modify the pre-configured searches...
    I took a quick look at the HTML code, looks like there are some pre-configured PHP searches used but it doesn't necessarily mean that a custom search string might not also work.

    TSU

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