Search fallibility: only one reliably works, it seems

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    Search fallibility: only one reliably works, it seems

    There are three types of searches:

    1. Simply typing into the little search field on the upper-right of all forum pages.
    2. <Advanced Search> default (which defaults to the the <Multi Content> type).
    3. <Advanced Search> but then selecting <Single Content Type>.



    But, in my experience ONLY the third option reliably finds threads. The rest usually fail to bring up key examples of what's being searched for. That inviting little search field on the upper-right of forum pages seems enticing, but it's a crap shoot as to whether it'll find half of what's being sought.

    Admins/Mods: why is that? And, more importantly, can anything be done to make quickie searches more valid and reliable?
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    Your experience is similar to mine. I am curious too. It is interesting - I've seen Google nail one-hour old threads from here.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rock and Glock View Post
    Your experience is similar to mine. I am curious too. It is interesting - I've seen Google nail one-hour old threads from here.
    Google search is pretty darned good, particularly if sorting by date. Very direct, nearly every time. (As for the 1hr thing: Good bots, apparently, scrubbin' up everything written by Man.)

    It would just be nice if the "quickie" search mechanism in DC could ultimately run the "single" search behind the scenes, and that the default to the <advanced search> was as useful as the "single" <advanced search> variant. Unknown if any of this can be tweaked easily, or whether it's worth pursuing. *sigh*
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    Quote Originally Posted by ccw9mm View Post
    There are three types of searches:

    1. Simply typing into the little search field on the upper-right of all forum pages.
    2. <Advanced Search> default (which defaults to the the <Multi Content> type).
    3. <Advanced Search> but then selecting <Single Content Type>.



    But, in my experience ONLY the third option reliably finds threads. The rest usually fail to bring up key examples of what's being searched for. That inviting little search field on the upper-right of forum pages seems enticing, but it's a crap shoot as to whether it'll find half of what's being sought.
    Parallels my experience.
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