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kidd
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« on: February 26, 2009, 03:50:37 am »

Is it only me?

I can't get anything useful using the forum search feature.  it seems to be half broken.

Shouldn't we take a look at it? For the moment I use google to search vl forums.

The search textbox at the top right side does not work at all, i tried searching for
Vector linux in Acer Aspire one , "Vector linux in Acer Aspire one" and all combinations I could think of, and no results to what I was looking for (http://forum.vectorlinux.com/index.php?topic=7330.0)

Search tab sometimes give more accurate answers sometimes not.   Searching by users is totally broken too.

If we want to keep new users here, I think having a good forum search tool is a big point.  We have a huge wealth of knowledge here, but it's hardly accessible.

What do you think,  dear vectorites?
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« Reply #1 on: February 26, 2009, 04:44:23 am »

I rarely got any relevant responses from that search.  It was more productive to open each message to see if it might mention something that I was looking for.  And I saw occasional notes about this issue by this method last fall while looking for something else.  I gave up on search very quickly; 100 - 500 hits that had nothing to do with the pattern!
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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009, 12:37:01 am »

This is what I did:

http://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aforum.vectorlinux.com+%22forum+search%22
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009, 11:32:12 am »

Same pattern here. I have to use Google to search this forum instead of using the forum's own search function. I think it discourages new users from searching and may significantly raise the amount of repetitively asked questions.
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« Reply #4 on: March 01, 2009, 11:48:43 am »

I never have problems using the search feature of the board.  I just tested it because I couldn't recall ever having troubles and it worked great - all results were relevant to my search ('xorg nvidia').  I've always used the 'Search' navigation link (Home Help Search Profile etc..).  I then realized there is the actual search field/button to the upper-right. I ran the same search and came back with no results.

To summarize: The search feature from the page navigation works fine. The embedded search field to the upper-right does not work. I would say just remove the embedded search field/button, and leave the navigation option.
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« Reply #5 on: March 01, 2009, 11:33:54 pm »

OK I searched around the board admin added a function to search see if it works better now..............let me know?

Thanks,
Vec
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« Reply #6 on: March 02, 2009, 05:33:14 am »

Looks good now. The searches I tried turned up relevant results.  Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: March 02, 2009, 09:35:50 am »

It is working much better now!!

The embedded search feature (by design) will search only the thread you happen to be looking at; of course, if you're at the home forum page then it will search all forums.  For instance, if you're looking at a thread and then query a search phrase, the function will only search within the thread you're currently viewing. This makes sense and once you realize this is how that feature works then it's easy to deal with.

Thanks again!
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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 11:00:49 am »

We (SQI) have updated the embedded search to use our search technology called KnowledgeDex. It will now search across not only the forum posts, but also pages in the Information Center. It is based on Apache Lucene and is a full search engine with many of the advanced features you would expect. Please give it a try. The original search is still available through the menu.

If you would like more information about the search technology and features available, go to:

http://sqi-inc.com/ic/Glossary/KnowledgeDex

-Steve at SQI
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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2009, 03:38:05 pm »

We (SQI) have updated the embedded search to use our search technology called KnowledgeDex. It will now search across not only the forum posts, but also pages in the Information Center. It is based on Apache Lucene and is a full search engine with many of the advanced features you would expect. Please give it a try. The original search is still available through the menu.

If you would like more information about the search technology and features available, go to:

http://sqi-inc.com/ic/Glossary/KnowledgeDex

-Steve at SQI

I've tried a couple of searches that gave bogus results previously, and now they seem to work pretty well!

Thank you very much Steve (and the whole SQI team).  Nice work!

Btw, yeah, lucene is pretty cool.  I knew about its existance but never saw it at work.
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 05:20:58 pm »

Thanks; this really needed "fixing".
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« Reply #11 on: May 14, 2009, 02:01:44 pm »

Now tickets are searchable by anonymous users. The tickets are cleaned up for public viewing. This way, problems solved by the paid support can be read by anyone. A quick search for 'wireless' brings up some good results.

- Steve at SQI
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« Reply #12 on: May 15, 2009, 06:10:08 am »

Nice work. This makes the forum that much more useful. Thank you very much!
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« Reply #13 on: May 15, 2009, 03:00:11 pm »

Wheewee! --- two power searches, two problems solved.

Thank You!

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« Reply #14 on: May 31, 2009, 10:08:56 am »

The knowledgedex search isn't working for me now. It used to but now it's not.
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