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  1. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    03 Jan '10 08:15
    The 'third party' Forum Search feature seems unable to search old threads properly. It used to be fairly easy to locate posts using remembered vocabulary and the poster's name. What has happened?

    I have quoted philosopher/historian John Ralston Saul quite often over the last 4 years, mentioning his name. And yet a search for "Ralston" gets only one hit. How come?
  2. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    07 Jan '10 07:44
    Pardon me for bumping this question back to the top. It may have been off the radar over people's holiday period. Or maybe I am a boring dweeb. But I am really baffled about how extraordinarily useless the search function is now. It used to be really good.
  3. 07 Jan '10 15:56
    Yeah, I was looking for a few things the other day and the thing failed.

    Glad you posted, I thought I was doing something wrong.

    Why do they tamper with things that work?

    Why don't they tamper with things that don't?
  4. 07 Jan '10 16:52
    That's a google problem not an RHP problem?
  5. 08 Jan '10 05:42
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    That's a google problem not an RHP problem?
    Right. It's a google problem.
    They don't have a good product for this kind of use.
    But I doubt there is a better...
  6. Subscriber FMF
    Main Poster
    08 Jan '10 09:05
    Originally posted by heinzkat
    That's a google problem not an RHP problem?
    It's a problem with the functionality of the RHP web site and it is a degradation of service that is very unlikely to have been deliberate on the part of RHP. I suggest it needs to be looked into and the previous functionality restored.
  7. Standard member Daemon Sin
    I'm A Mighty Pirateā„¢
    08 Jan '10 18:38
    Originally posted by FabianFnas
    But I doubt there is a better...
    Custom Google Search is good for small sites but crap for sites with large amounts of pages (like RHP forums). People generally only use because they get a bit of revenue from all the Google Ads in the search results.

    If RHP built their own search system it would be far more efficient and generate much more accurate results. However, it would be quite a big drain on database resources and would only work well if the database was well organised.