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Search is seriously broken
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7458 posts
I went trying to find the thread we were talking about LIFX, and though "hm, surely I'm not spelling it wrong" or selecting an option wrong etc. Saying search is broken on the AGN page would be putting it politely. The 'Quick Search' side has never worked for me, but now today even the Advanced Search returns nothing.

As just an example search:
https://dl.dropbox.com/u/97682/brokenagnsearch.png

And yes, I've tried unchecking first post only (which comes back checked each time), I've tried this sample search as 'kick starter'... every search I do gets zero results.

Fix it codey-one-kenobi... you're my only hope :(

... please :P
08:59am 30/10/12 Permalink
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Nerf Lord
Brisbane, Queensland
6688 posts
Alternatively, try the following in google: site:ausgamers.com kickstarter
09:29am 30/10/12 Permalink
Pinky
Melbourne, Victoria
13787 posts
What Nerf Lord says. I do this for every site and just assume the site's own search is crap, if it even has one.

In the case of AusGamers though, Google indexes it very very well.
09:37am 30/10/12 Permalink
HeardY
Gaelic newb
Sydney, New South Wales
20912 posts
search is busted I tried using it the other day and nothing work
08:13pm 30/10/12 Permalink
reload!
Brisbane, Queensland
6956 posts
09:49pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Jerry
Queensland
4250 posts
i've got similar problems with it unable to find anything - the search tool is garbage. the message that says
Sorry, this search mechanism is now disabled - it is not very good and too resource intensive.

Please use the far superior forum search on the AusGamers site - it seriously kicks ass and will actually work!
is misleading also. The old search actually gave back results
11:37pm 30/10/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34461 posts
what choo talkin about willis?

search works perfectly for me, must be a usar porblem
http://members.optusnet.com.au/~c.broughton3/worksperfectly.jpg
06:34am 31/10/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34462 posts
06:36am 31/10/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36551 posts
This should be fixed now. We made some changes to DNS and the search backend was offlined.

If you are still having problems please holler.
12:28pm 01/11/12 Permalink
natslovR
Sydney, New South Wales
7998 posts
i think the problem is that quick search doesn't search threads only titles and maybe OPs (not sure).

But certainly a quick search on 'holler' doesn't return this thread, you need to then click on the "Advance Search" Search button, which defaults to 'message subject and body' to have it find this thread.
01:17pm 01/11/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36553 posts
i think the problem is that quick search doesn't search threads only titles and maybe OPs (not sure).But certainly a quick search on 'holler' doesn't return this thread, you need to then click on the "Advance Search" Search button, which defaults to 'message subject and body' to have it find this thread.
yeh, that is intentional
01:37pm 01/11/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13012 posts
Does searching subject and body rape your servers or something?

I would have thought it would be better (and not violate the principle of least astonishment) to have a default search feature for a forum search the actual content of the forum?
02:06pm 01/11/12 Permalink
trog
AGN Admin
Brisbane, Queensland
36554 posts
Yeh, it's more CPU intensive and from what (very little) I've looked at, most people seem to just search for thread topics. Not really a big deal though to change the default if its irritating to people.
02:54pm 01/11/12 Permalink
thermite
Brisbane, Queensland
10388 posts
Do you index search terms, or is it a query against the schema that stores the original data?
03:01pm 01/11/12 Permalink
Hogfather
Cairns, Queensland
13013 posts
Makes it hard for ME to find what I'm looking for, title search isn't very useful TBH.

I'm usually looking for something someone said in a topic rather than something that was necessarily the title of the thread, especially when on a busy forum its necessary to combine / coerce similar topics into a single thread. It may be different for other people tho!
03:03pm 01/11/12 Permalink
Raven
Melbourne, Victoria
7470 posts
Yeah, what you've said makes sense, but maybe just rename 'quick search' to 'Thread title only search' or something a bit more descriptive?

Course, a little search and index optimization wouldn't go astray.
03:07pm 01/11/12 Permalink
Spook
Brisbane, Queensland
34467 posts
pretty sure people want to search threads hey.
03:40pm 01/11/12 Permalink
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