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by Trail X » Wed Nov 02, 2011 8:23 am

Now that the forum has transferred servers, it's time to really begin thinking towards the future goals of the site.

If you have any suggestions for features, or for improvements please bring them up here so we can discuss.

If you don't feel comfortable posting your ideas, as always, feel free to PM me. No idea is too small or too large.

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by Flying Monkey » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:07 pm

It was brought up in another thread by someone, but is there anything that can be done to the search to make it a little more user friendly? If you type a phrase, say "CV Replacement" for example, it will give you EVERY post that has either word in it, and will list every post in each thread that has that word.

I know on other Vbullitin forums I am on it works different so wasnt sure if that is something that can be worked on or not. An RC forum I go on is Vbullitin and there are multiple ways to seach but it just lists the threads with what your looking for, not every post. With the large number of new members coming over from the old OS as well as other places I think it would solve alot of headache with constant reposting questions like on the OS. Wont cure all but some is better then none.

If it cant be changed feel free to tell me to go F myself.
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by Trail X » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:32 pm

Which search function are you using? We have two... one is the internal forum search... found in the menu bar under "search". Then we have the google custom search, found at top right.

The internal forum search can be pretty specific, able to narrow down exactly what you're looking for... for instance, titles, body, usernames, etc.

The google search allows you to search our articles and forum simultaneously.

I've always found them both to work pretty well, but please let me know specifically what issues you're running into, and we can work to improve things.
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by Flying Monkey » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:48 pm

I have only used the 1 under the title. That 1 gives posts highlighting in yellow your search words. Maybe Im just doing something wrong.

Here is what I am getting here in a search

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And here is what I get on another vbullitin forum doing everything the same just different text of course

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Sorry if its a stupid idea, just figured it may make "use the search" not have to be said AS much with the influx of new members.
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by Trail X » Fri Dec 30, 2011 2:58 pm

Ah... under "Search within:" there are 4 options.

  • Post subjects and message text
  • Message text only
  • Topic titles only
  • First post of topics only

The default is post subjects and message text. Select "Topic titles only" to get it sorted the same as your other forum.

I can look into making that the default option.
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by Flying Monkey » Fri Dec 30, 2011 11:08 pm

I just noticed this isnt a Vbulletin forum like I thought it was, so it may not be a possible change. This is the same forum software Im working with to start a forum for my other hobby.
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by Trail X » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:21 pm

Ah, you know what Chris... when I wrote that out the other day I was hurrying to get an answer out, and didn't fully comprehend your request. Your PM cleared it up.

It's actually another option in the search page under "Display results as:"

There are two options, Posts and Topics. Posts is default, but if you select "topics" it will display the results as you desire.

Sorry for the confusion before!
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by Flying Monkey » Sun Jan 01, 2012 11:41 pm

No problem bud. I did play around with it some and it just doesnt look possible to get the results I was talking about. Since Im working with this forum software as well, If I can come up with the way I am referring to as a mod/add on or something Ill shoot it to you or something to look at and see if it is something you would be interested in here.
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by Trail X » Mon Jan 02, 2012 10:10 am

Maybe I still misunderstood your request. To me, the results look exactly like the other screenshot you attached above.

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by Flying Monkey » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:08 am

Nope that is exactly what I was talking about. When I checked topics, it didnt show it to me that way. Ill try again. But I think that way would be easier for searching. But I am 1 person and dont expect a site change just for me. What do you think?

EDIT: maybe it glitched on me last time I tried that. Worked that time. That being said, I am happy checking that box if you feel other way is better for searching.
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by Trail X » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:10 am

I think both methods are different tools for different jobs.

I can look into making "Threads" the default option.
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by Flying Monkey » Mon Jan 02, 2012 11:12 am

JamesDowning wrote:I think both methods are different tools for different jobs.

I can look into making "Threads" the default option.



lol your quick, I edited my last post
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by Trail X » Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:33 pm

Any other input from avid searchers of this site would be welcome about now.

Does anyone else favor the "topics" search? Anyone think the 'topics' method would help noobs out more?
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by djthumper » Mon Jan 02, 2012 8:22 pm

If topics were the default it might help them not get so confused during the search.
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by Trail X » Tue Jan 03, 2012 9:46 am

Seeing no objection, the default is now Topics.
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by Trail X » Tue Jan 03, 2012 10:09 am

Also, just fixed another searching 'glitch'.

It used to be that if you tried to search for small words like "cv", it wouldn't return any results because the word was "too common". That's been fixed... so you should be able to search for virtually anything on this site and get decent results returned.

As always, if you have any suggestions, post it here, or PM me.
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by Flying Monkey » Tue Jan 03, 2012 1:14 pm

Good deal. Thank you for looking at it. Im sure it will help some
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by bgwolfpack » Thu Jan 05, 2012 6:29 pm

More "Polls"! :viking:
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by djthumper » Thu Jan 05, 2012 8:45 pm

Soooo start one. or at least give as another idea for one. :friday:
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by bgwolfpack » Mon Jan 30, 2012 3:32 pm

JamesDowning wrote:Yes, that is what we have in mind, but more in-depth.
Also, how about a Favorites list we all could add to, having to do only with our trucks or off roading?
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