View Full Version : Minimum search term length

August 26, 2001, 12:41 AM
Is it possible to adjust the minimum search term length from 3 letters to 2? I'm considering buying a new handgun and logged on today to do a little research. Unfortunately I wanted to research S&W model 66's, Cz's and Kimbers (especially type II Kimbers), because each of these had a term less then three letters, I couldn't do a search on them.



Rich Lucibella
August 27, 2001, 07:30 PM
Not possible-
The TFL Search is real efficient because of the way it's designed. The drawback is the size of the files. They're enormous. Default for the search function is 4 letters. We lowered it to 3. If we drop it to 2, the files just become unwieldy.

This has come up before and it's been demonstrated that, with a bit of ingenuity, one can generally focus down on almost any topic.
Sorry for the hassle.

August 27, 2001, 11:15 PM
This may be the previous thread that Rich mentioned.
Hope it helps!

August 28, 2001, 10:23 PM
Thanks Rich and PF, I appreciate the response. I read the other thread and see the problems associated with shorter terms.

Thanks again.


Gene Beasley
August 29, 2001, 12:55 PM
I understand the reason on the indexing, so I guess I'm looking for a work-around from greater minds than mine.

Sometimes I am trying to find a thread that I remember something about or want to make sure that I'm not starting a duplicate (usually on a slightly out of date topic). I find that I am frustrated in my attempts to search for states. A lot of subject lines include states in parenthesis or brackets. This would make the search 4 characters, but those special characters appear to be excluded from the search string. Any ideas?

August 29, 2001, 11:14 PM
Gene -
In that case, I would either search for the full name of the state, the city, or the county.