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Could we have a forum search feature, please?

Postby Kurt3162 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:23 pm

(Don't know where to post that, so I post it here. Feel free to move it where appropriate.)


Now somebody might feel tempted to tell me there already is such a thing, on the top right corner of the page; Unfortunately it's a fake.
Whatever I ever entered there, the answer has always been a categorical "The words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words". Really?
Well, I'm terribly sorry, I'm searching about Mint- or generally Linux-related features. I sure hope people on those forums were talking about them. :?
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Re: Could we have a forum search feature, please?

Postby WinterTroubles on Tue Jun 03, 2014 8:35 pm

This is a known problem and your opinion is shared by many to some extent, including those in charge from what I gather. Personally, as I use chrome, I use this extension https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/search-the-current-site/jliolpcnkmolaaecncdfeofombdekjcp which lets me search my current site whether it's got a search feature or not. You can also add
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site:forums.linuxmint.com
to any search query on many search engines to search these forums.

Not a solution I know sorry :( , but it is simple and workable.
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Re: Could we have a forum search feature, please?

Postby Kurt3162 on Tue Jun 03, 2014 10:39 pm

Thanks, my point was more about the bad configuration of the forum search. I know the possibilities and limitations of phpBB for running a phpBB forum myself, and there is no technical reason the search should be broken at this point (except an attempt to keep system resources to a minimum, but in this case they could just limit the number of searches people can make in a given time. Most people just search for a term and then sift through results for quite a while).

Or just just simply tell people "sorry, we can't afford to spend CPU cycles for search, please use Google or some such instead". We would understand, it's not like they make money out of this.
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