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02-07-2007
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alright, thanks.

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Searching for Something? ... How to Narrow Down Search Results at tFS
^i think that tfs's search funtion is not working at all! It so much easier to go google and try to search that way, if you try to find some specific thread. What a pity, I remembered that earlier it worked much better and you actually found answers. Nowadays you have too many results.

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Hmmm ... that's interesting that you are having a problem.

I use the search function everyday when moderating, and I've encountered no problems whatsoever.... other than trying to search by initials, like in this instance. It will not recognize initials or two letter words. Yur keywords must have at least 3 characters to work.

However, tFS has grown so huge and we have added so many new threads in the last few years, that a simple search will produce way too many results.

So, to limit the results to something manageable, always use the advanced seach option, select Search Tread Titles Only (we try to keep thread titles consistant so they can be searched easily) and select Show Results as: Threads. You may also limit it more by selecting the specific forum that you wish to search in. That will usually result in anywhere from about 3 to 15 resluts ... listed as threads. Then if you are looking for something specific within that thread, there is a "search this thread too" option, once you have opened the thread ... in the black bar ... which will limit the search to that thread only. Works pretty well, I'd say.

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^i actually never notice that there is search titles only. That is what I'm looking for! Thank you so much for help

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You're welcome!

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I find myself using Advanced or Google all the time, in order to find things on tFS and will never use the bar above. So if it is suggested we always use the Advanced option (so that we can search by thread titles) then what is the point of the functions on the search bar?

I think I may have suggested this before in another thread, but IMO, the bar above should have the options "search thread titles" & "search posts", rather than "show threads" & "show posts"...and if people specifically want to do the latter (ie. that bar currently by default always searching posts, so if people want to "search posts + show threads" or "search posts + show posts", they can use Advanced search for that.

Basically somehow make it so that we can search by thread titles via the bar, like how it used to be. Does this all make sense? I kinda suck at explaining things

I just can't imagine anyone would even use the current option on the bar of "show posts". Going through all those results it'd give you, it would literally be impossible to find what you're looking for.

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I think you are stuck with the simple search the way it is ...it's a function of Vbulletin ... don't think we have any choices here.

Anyone may search with any combination of the above and even more, if you add all the functions in Advanced Search. You are right .. using just the bar will give waaaay too many results.



Most of the time people are just looking to find a thread on a specific topic ... not a specific post. We work very hard here to make sure that thread titles reflect what is in actually in the threads, so that is why searching thread titles is so effective in most cases.

Did you know that you can set your Advanced Search function to automatically Search Thread Titles Only and Show Results as: Threads every time, unless you change it? It's actually quite easy, if you have it set up like this. Mine is set up like that, because I'm always searching for theads to help the members find things and it's a real time saver. Way faster than Google ... honestly.



Here's how you set it up:
  • Go to Advanced Search
  • Under "Key Words" select "Search Titles Only"
  • Under "Show Results As" Select "Threads"
  • Under "Search Now" there's a drop down menu ... select "Save Search Preferences" and click "Go".

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^I didn't know that! That's good option.

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Ohh thanks! I didn't know you could save the way you search I will definitely save my preferences from now on.

But you know how you said it's basically just a vbulletin problem, howcome it wasn't like this before? I remember, maybe early last year (?) I used to search through the bar for example "soukupova" and only Hana's thread would come up (and well any other threads with her name in the title), but nothing more.

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I don't think we were on Vbulletin before ... if I remember, there was a switch since then and a lot of things changed.

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A couple of problems the system has when it searches:

1. It does not recognize words with less than 3 letters. So try different words that might help you find what you are looking for.

2. It does not recognize quotes, as in "Tom Ford" ... it will still see these as 2 seperate words . So search using the less common word ... as in this case, Ford ... which will bring fewer results.

Don't forget .. you may specify the actual forum you wish to search and the will reduce results, too.

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and could be good to know that the search function itself is hidden by the flash-ads sometimes. It depends on how that particular ad is made but they may end up further up in the drawing hierarchy (probably to avoid ever being covered) and that effectively makes searching impossible.

This problem persists until you get a new ad that doesnt try to end up on the top of the drawing chain

Not a big issue but good to know. For a specific example, Marshalls ads does this right now.

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I spoke with the management the other day about this issue ... ads covering some of your tools. I was told that the ad is probably what they call a roll over ad ... which means if you roll your curser over it (even without clicking), it expands and that is intentional. However .... there should be a way to close that window. Look for a "close" button at the bottom or an X in the upper right hand corner.

If that doesn't work .. and if you can get a screen capture of it ... please post it in the tFS Popups and Advertisements: Tech Issues .... Please Read Post #1 for Instructions and I can report it.

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If your search tool at the top of the page is coverd by an ad, tech support has given you a second one, at the very bottom of each page.

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I wanted to search "New York" but I wanted to get rid of all results from "Designers & Collections" and only see results from other subforums.

Is there a way to do that? TY.

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I wanted to search "New York" but I wanted to get rid of all results from "Designers & Collections" and only see results from other subforums.

Is there a way to do that? TY.
I guess you can do it if you go Advanced search and press ctrl while clicking all possible forums you would like to have results

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