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The ability to search thread titles only would be very helpful

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dmk
  • Member since
    February 2009
The ability to search thread titles only would be very helpful
Posted by dmk on Saturday, November 17, 2012 12:11 PM

The ability to search thread titles only would be very helpful.  Even if we could just search specific forums sections only, it would be better than what we have now (which is searching the entire forum for your term anywhere, in any post).

I love the forums, but if you are trying to search for something specific, you get tons of irrelevant hits returned and it is frustrating to separate the wheat from the chaff as it were.

  • Member since
    August 2012
  • From: East Texas
Posted by Daf57 on Saturday, November 17, 2012 2:29 PM

Agreed - the native search of this forum software is a bit weak. The ability to use wildcards and switches would be helpful as well - like duplicolor+primer - the "+" would limit the results to posts containing only the 2 word combination.

But what you can do is use google's site search - with all the wildcards and tricks - type the site name followed by a colon, then your search keyword(s)

http://www.scaleautomag.com: duplicolor primer

You will get much more relevant hits. :)

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Saturday, November 17, 2012 4:56 PM

This has been brought up numerous times since the last "upgrade" but it has fallen on deaf ears.

In the previous version, you could go to a specific forum (such as Muscle Cars), conduct a search, and the results were for the Muscle Car forum only...not so anymore.

The text you enter for any search will scour not only the titles but the text on any response, including those responses of members not even enrolled on this forum (I've seen it personally). That suggests this sit was loaded on a server that was not completely clean.

HINT!

When you enter search criteria, always include the phrase  -re which will show only the original posts and eliminate all the responses to a the original post and . 'Tis a shame that model builders must also know computer programming to use a website.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

dmk
  • Member since
    February 2009
Posted by dmk on Sunday, November 18, 2012 2:14 PM

BigTallDad

This has been brought up numerous times since the last "upgrade" but it has fallen on deaf ears.

In the previous version, you could go to a specific forum (such as Muscle Cars), conduct a search, and the results were for the Muscle Car forum only...not so anymore.

Very true.  I raised a question about searching within specific forms a while back.

 I don't know who wrote this software that powers the Finescale and Scaleauto forums, but they should be embarrassed by the search features.  BigTallDad is correct, it is even worse than the previous version in this forum.

Quite frankly I think the recent site upgrades were more of a downgrade than upgrade and took away more functionality than they added.

  • Member since
    January 2005
  • From: Cape Coral Florida
Posted by BigTallDad on Sunday, November 18, 2012 5:26 PM

My gut feeling is the site wanted to address smart/mobile phones, and contracted with a firm that dealt only in that aspect. Said firm had no clue about hosting a web site, especially the Search function on a site.

I've performed searches, and received weird results with "members" that don't exist. Apparently there is an effort underway to remedy these errors, but (according to Jim Haught) our admins cannot control the priorities; I can understand that, but surely our reps have a voice!

Perhaps a User Committee might be in order. As a former member of several International committees (Plus, Cirrus, VisaLink, and a member of Deluxe Data Systems' User Committee) I'd be happy to volunteer. In today's age of webcams blah blah, that should be an easy thing to do, and the travel/expense thing would go away.

"In order to teach a dog, you must first be smarter than the dog" P.R. Ferguson

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