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Old August 25, 2006, 08:51 PM   #1
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what happened to advanced search?

It used to be an option when you would click on the Search tab on the top bar. It has gone away.
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Old August 25, 2006, 09:05 PM   #2
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I think tyme & the other tech geeks kind of got sick of dealing with the buggy vBulletin search interface, and decided to link to Google's search engine instead.

If it's up for a vote at all, guys -- I'd rather deal with buggy vB searches than have to read through a jillion not-by-date and not-by-post and not-by-username and not-by-thread title Google returns.

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Old August 26, 2006, 11:46 AM   #3
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Thanks for the suggestion, pax. I'm with you. The advanced search is invaluable.

I think there are other technical considerations at this time. Once those are addressed, we'll get the advanced search back.

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Old August 26, 2006, 12:04 PM   #4
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I agree, the advanced search is a FAR better option.

Yes, VB search is buggy.

But, it also returns FAR more useful information.
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Old August 28, 2006, 10:23 AM   #5
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Yes please VB search! I tried for 20 minutes today to find a relevant 28 guage post!


:barf: google more like gaggle!
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Old August 28, 2006, 11:33 PM   #6
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Ooops...
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Old August 30, 2006, 02:21 PM   #7
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Yes, please bring back the original advanced search function. I use almost every day!
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Old August 30, 2006, 05:15 PM   #8
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+1 on advanced search. It may have it's flaws, but it is better than having 20,000 posts to wade through.
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Old August 30, 2006, 08:39 PM   #9
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+1E10 on bringing back the Advanced Search
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Old September 1, 2006, 08:20 AM   #10
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+1 to bringing back the advanced search.
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Old September 1, 2006, 03:53 PM   #11
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Enough with the +1s. We get the picture. It'll be back as soon as we can do it.
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Old September 2, 2006, 03:02 AM   #12
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Just making sure you get the picture.
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Old September 2, 2006, 03:47 AM   #13
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isn't it funny that the mods think that we sound like children
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Old September 4, 2006, 06:35 PM   #14
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Just click on "new posts" then click on "search" ware it says "search:new posts" its right above ware it says "Thread / Thread Starter" it still works.
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Old September 7, 2006, 10:25 PM   #15
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No, it doesn't... not really. The forums have not been reindexed. Advanced search is still accessible, but you'll only get results from the last few weeks.
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Old September 7, 2006, 11:07 PM   #16
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When you re-implement advanced search, is there any way to enable searches on short strings? There's a lot of firearms stuff, like shotgun gauges, that only uses two characters. A phrase search would be nice, and if boolean searches worked like they were supposed to, that'd be pretty neat.

I'm sure a lot of this is built into the software, but vBulletin's search functions have always seemed pretty mono-buttocked to me. The search functionality of Google with the display modes of vB... that would be best.

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Old September 8, 2006, 01:02 AM   #17
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What I think many people miss is being able to isolate searches to one of the sub-forums, like handguns, rifles, shotguns, etc. I know I do. The google search is nice, but I think people want to be able to focus on a certian area and be able to fine tune it a bit. Just my oppinion.
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Old September 8, 2006, 04:21 AM   #18
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A phrase search would be nice,
I would LOVE to know how google does this so fast.

The obvious way to do it is slow: search for each keyword of a phrase separately, then do a (slow) full text search of those posts to see which ones have the exact phrase.

Maybe they save each word index entry as a (word, documentid, word offset) triplet. That would allow them to quickly compute offset differences, but would require a gargantuan amount of storage for indexing common words.

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The search functionality of Google with the display modes of vB... that would be best.
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Old September 8, 2006, 11:00 AM   #19
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"Enough with the +1s. We get the picture. It'll be back as soon as we can do it."

+2 with a bullet.
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Old September 8, 2006, 11:46 AM   #20
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At least it's a change of pace.

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