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Search Issues

Post by jc808 » Wed May 20, 2020 10:17 am

Just wondering what the wisdom is behind filtering so many words as "too common" in the search function?

I've tried going through Google, but the results point to the root forum instead of actual threads.

There's a ton of great wisdom here...It'd be nice to be able to access it!

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Re: Search Issues

Post by andy_tchp » Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm

jc808 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 10:17 am
I've tried going through Google, but the results point to the root forum instead of actual threads.
Not sure what you mean by this? If you search on "searchterm site:offsetguitars.com" what list of results do you get?

https://www.google.com/search?q=switchc ... uitars.com
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Re: Search Issues

Post by jc808 » Wed May 20, 2020 6:02 pm

andy_tchp wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 3:35 pm
jc808 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 10:17 am
I've tried going through Google, but the results point to the root forum instead of actual threads.
Not sure what you mean by this? If you search on "searchterm site:offsetguitars.com" what list of results do you get?

https://www.google.com/search?q=switchc ... uitars.com
I get a page of results for the given search term(s). But when you click on any of them, it just takes you to page 1 of the corresponding forum. For instance Vintage, New & Reissue, or Tech/Setup, etc.

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Re: Search Issues

Post by andy_tchp » Wed May 20, 2020 6:37 pm

That's very strange. What browser/OS are you using? Any add-ons?
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Re: Search Issues

Post by jc808 » Wed May 20, 2020 7:03 pm

andy_tchp wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:37 pm
That's very strange. What browser/OS are you using? Any add-ons?
I’m on Safari. Current Mac OS. I take it this is not normal behavior?

Question remains...I think of this site (probably not the only one) as the de facto forum for any Fender non-Strat/Tele info. Wish it was easier to tap into without the extra step of going to an outside search engine?

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Re: Search Issues

Post by andy_tchp » Wed May 20, 2020 7:12 pm

jc808 wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 7:03 pm
andy_tchp wrote:
Wed May 20, 2020 6:37 pm
That's very strange. What browser/OS are you using? Any add-ons?
I’m on Safari. Current Mac OS. I take it this is not normal behavior?

Question remains...I think of this site (probably not the only one) as the de facto forum for any Fender non-Strat/Tele info. Wish it was easier to tap into without the extra step of going to an outside search engine?
Correct, if you click on any of those search results it should take you straight into the relevant thread, not just the overall sub-forum.

Yes, the in-built search function of the forum software isn't great, but using the Google engine is (usually :unsure: ) straightforward and works very well.
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Re: Search Issues

Post by Jay » Thu May 21, 2020 12:24 pm

Yeah, unfortunately PHPBB has a pretty terrible search function. There's nothing that can be done about it outside of switching forum software and attempting that sort of move is fraught with potential problems.

I have no problem with searching google directing me to actual results. Firefox or Safari. Can you post an example of a search that isn't working?

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Re: Search Issues

Post by jc808 » Thu May 21, 2020 1:23 pm

Jay wrote:
Thu May 21, 2020 12:24 pm
Yeah, unfortunately PHPBB has a pretty terrible search function. There's nothing that can be done about it outside of switching forum software and attempting that sort of move is fraught with potential problems.

I have no problem with searching google directing me to actual results. Firefox or Safari. Can you post an example of a search that isn't working?
Thanks for the reply. I forgot to follow up last night...I fooled around with the Google search some more and realized the issue. After "site:", I had "www." in there and that was causing the issue. So yeah, it works now.

BTW, I remember your avatar from when the site started. I had an account back then, but its long lost. Anyways, thanks!

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Re: Search Issues

Post by Jay » Thu May 21, 2020 4:01 pm

Yeah... 14 years ago now. Almost a lifetime. :whistle:

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Re: Search Issues

Post by budda12ax7 » Fri May 22, 2020 6:22 pm

Jay speaks.....we listen.

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