Search is terrible for Searching

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  1. Sainter

    Sainter Well-Known Member

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    I wanted to buy a game with what I had left on my iTunes account, $5.14

    So I went to search to do the right thing and searched for 'Best Game Under $5'

    The results came back and said the words Best, Under and $5 were too common so it showed all results with the word Game in it

    This was very unhelpful and needs to be fixed, otherwise people will continue to make threads like that as they can't be found through search
     
  2. Eli

    Eli ᕕ┌◕ᗜ◕┐ᕗ
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    Pretty much a common problem with all VBulletin forums.

    Something you can try is a Google search similar to this-

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&client=safari&rls=en-us&q=site%3Aforums.toucharcade.com+best+game&btnG=Search

    Basically just put this in Google-

    site:forums.toucharcade.com

    And then whatever you want to search for after it, in the case above I searched for-

    site:forums.toucharcade.com best game

    Usually returns a little bit more relevant results than the simple mysql queries that the VBulletin search is based on.
     
  3. gscal

    gscal Well-Known Member

    Feb 24, 2009
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    Are you guys able to change the vBulletin forum rules?
     
  4. anduril_ukr

    anduril_ukr Well-Known Member

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    Thats exactly what I always do (Vbulletin forums' search engine SUCKS)
     
  5. Eli

    Eli ᕕ┌◕ᗜ◕┐ᕗ
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    It's not VBulletin's fault as much as it is mysql really just not being good at full text searching and attempting to return relevant results.
     
  6. TheOnePb

    TheOnePb Well-Known Member

    Jan 11, 2009
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    Searching problems

    I guess it's just complicated and it's what much forums will have as a problem. I don't think there is much to change about it?
    :rolleyes:
    TheOnePb
     
  7. Mew2468

    Mew2468 Well-Known Member

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    Me too :D!
     

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