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Thread: Is the Site Search function getting worse? UPDATE: new search function for the site

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    Someone told me that the Search on the board doesn't return results even when they are sure the topic they are searching for exists.

    Does anyone else notice the quality of search degrading?

    I might have a few ideas why that could be happening, but I need a confirmation from other members before I proceed seriously looking into it.

    If you have any examples of the search function not working properly, then please post them here.

    Thanks.

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    Super Member SaraSewing's Avatar
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    I don't use it often, but recently I tried to find a photo that I had posted. I found one, but the other one is still missing. Perhaps there is a function to search by member posting?
    But I would have to definitely say that the site works very well for me. Thanx for all your attention.

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    Tried it this morning - and it is still coming up with everything but what you are searching for. I'v gotten to when I just search through each catagory till I find what I'm looking for. Hope your ideas work ~ the search would help a lot.

    Piedmont Quilter

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    I have no problems with it...but it goes by the title not content so can be hard to find something :D

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    Try to search for "My $10.00 Quilt" thread that is here.

    http://www.quiltingboard.com/posts/list/20066.page

    I search for "My" or "$10.00" or "Quilt" or "My $10.00" or "10.00" and it doesn't come up for me at all. I search without quotes. It has been there for a long time. I dunno.

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    I have had frustrations with it. I typed in part of the name and got nothing. I typed the exact name (I was sure of it because it was a topic I started) I found it by going a round about way.

    I get so frustrated I rarely use it anymore.

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    I usually can remember who posted what I am looking for, so I go to their name and look at the topics they have started. It used to work well, but it may have been with your change awhile ago and now comes up with almost everything but. Recently I put in the exact title and it came up with junk. When I finally did find it, I was right.

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    I was looking for the flying geese that purplemem had started and I was told that the thread no longer exists. (I think) I found the topic, but was told that it was no longer available.

    How can we tell if a thread was deleted or we just can't find it?

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    I have found things listed in search results, clicked on them, to get an error message saying topic did not exist, also.

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    I have never had a problem with the search results. What I am looking for is usually one of the first 4 or 5 listings. What kind of problems are others having?

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    I have had some trouble with the search.

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    It's been Hit or Miss at times for the search.

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    I thought I was just not a very good searcher. I'm always impressed when others post a link to a thread in answer to a question that has been discussed in the past. I try searching for things and generally find myself plowing through a fair bit before I find what I'm looking for. Either that, or I have tried a search when I know exactly the key words and the search is too narrow and returns nothing. I didn't realize the search function was for titles only. That makes it more difficult, because we sure don't title threads to reflect the discussion!!

    All that said - the only way I found this site was by searching for something to do with my fat quarters using Google. A thread came up in Google, and voila, I was hooked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moonpi
    I have found things listed in search results, clicked on them, to get an error message saying topic did not exist, also.
    Mee too

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    I tried to find the post concerning my dog Edward and also Mortimer someone was looking for a pic of him to show her husband and althought a page came up with several links,when you click on those thinks a page comes up and say that this page has expired

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    I tried searching for my post, 4 patch posies supreme, which is a fairly new post under Pictures. I could not get it to come up, no matter which combination of words I used.

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    I've had trouble with the Search feature recently. It misses exact word matches.

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    I wonder if the posts over a couple of years are not still here? I posted a photo of a mystery quilt from 1 1/2 years new year, and it's not here. Also a camo baby quilt, and it's not here either. I expecially wanted the camo photo since I gave the quilt away. Is there a time limit for the posts?

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    I just tried to search for the thread "on hemming jeans." I even looked through all my posts, not there. So I did a google search. Found it on google, but when I clicked on the thread, it said the thread I was searching for "did not exist." What the heck?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissTreated
    I just tried to search for the thread "on hemming jeans." I even looked through all my posts, not there. So I did a google search. Found it on google, but when I clicked on the thread, it said the thread I was searching for "did not exist." What the heck?

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    yup, me too. I had it bookmarked, and now it no longer exists!

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    Found it on google, but when I clicked on the thread, it said the thread I was searching for "did not exist."
    That's the thing. Site search here uses Google. It's basically a regular Google search limited to the posts of this site. So I'm trying to figure out why it's not working as well as it used to.

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    Are you sure it's finding all the posts when it does its search?

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    I know when I wanted to look up something that I knew of three times the word was used, it only returned one.

    I don't think I've ever been able to get a response with the word in the subject (or title).

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    I've searched for a couple of things, and got the message no such subject exists, but when I google the terms, I get links back to the board on those subjects, so I know they exist.

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    Search getting worse! I copied some subjects from the subject its self, pasted in the search and it wouldn't bring it up!

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