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Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:42 am
by catmando
Could the ability to assign keywords or keyword phrases be added to Af to improve the search functionality of the site? Say 5 keywords for the poster and then 2 keywords per user that replies to it. I've seen this on other forums I use and it greatly improves the search functionality when looking for a specific topic

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 10:58 am
by Dal
If you can find a mod for it here then I'll take a look for you. Anything that makes searching easier is a good thing.

In all honesty, I tend to use Google with a formed search like:
www.atari-forum.com: my search phrase

Does the Advanced search not cover what you need?

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:36 am
by spiny
theres this:
http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/m ... _tag_cloud
which uses the automated search index to generate tags, but I can't find anything that lets a user add keywords / tags to a post.




also, can we add this one: http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/t ... ouse_over/
it's very useful :)

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 11:44 am
by wongck
I think just able to search for 3 characters words will be an improvement.

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 12:32 pm
by catmando
Dal wrote:If you can find a mod for it here then I'll take a look for you. Anything that makes searching easier is a good thing.
http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/t ... words_mod/
In all honesty, I tend to use Google with a formed search like:
www.atari-forum.com: my search phrase
That's a good method but I bet half the people that use this site dont know how to do that
Does the Advanced search not cover what you need?
The standard search is so bad that even the advanced search would benefit from it.

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:19 pm
by wongck
catmando wrote:
In all honesty, I tend to use Google with a formed search like:
www.atari-forum.com: my search phrase
That's a good method but I bet half the people that use this site dont know how to do that
I certainly did not know this format.
Normally I do "site:www.atari-forum.com my search phrase"

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 1:40 pm
by Dal
wongck wrote:
catmando wrote:
In all honesty, I tend to use Google with a formed search like:
www.atari-forum.com: my search phrase
That's a good method but I bet half the people that use this site dont know how to do that
I certainly did not know this format.
Normally I do "site:www.atari-forum.com my search phrase"
Yup sorry, I got the syntax slightly wrong there :oops:

Thanks for the correction!

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Mon Aug 01, 2011 2:16 pm
by wongck
Sorry didn't mean to correct you.
There are so many Google hacks - I use them to do currency conversion and tell time of a city as well.
I thought I learned a new command.

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Wed Aug 03, 2011 11:32 pm
by Desty
wongck wrote:There are so many Google hacks - I use them to do currency conversion and tell time of a city as well.
I thought I learned a new command.
It's pretty good like that... you can google things like 35 miles per us gallon in l/100km and get back the answer 6.72041667 l/100km :)

So I guess the question is, how can the forum's search function offer better than a normal web search? One thing is completeness I suppose; it's possible that not all threads/posts ever made on the forum are stored in Google's cache/search memory. It is surprising how quickly posts get indexed though - it seems the site is popular enough that it gets spidered a lot.
What else could a search offer then?

Re: Improve the search functionality on AF

Posted: Thu Aug 04, 2011 11:02 am
by catmando
catmando wrote:
Dal wrote:If you can find a mod for it here then I'll take a look for you. Anything that makes searching easier is a good thing.
http://www.phpbb.com/customise/db/mod/t ... words_mod/
Dal, did you manage to take a look at this?