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  • New Search System Installed

    Well, I finally got fed up with not being able to find old threads with vb4's existing search system. Its something that has basically been broken since the software was released almost a year ago. Unfortunately, its taking them forever to get it working. There has been an alternate search system discussed over on for quite some time, but most people were recommending it only for larger forums (1+ million posts), so I really didn't think we needed it. Anyway, in the last few days, I've been trying to find older articles which I KNOW are on here, but have been coming up with tons of unrelated threads. So I decided to try it out...

    Problem is, its something that has to be build, configured, etc..., all at the command line. Now, I can usually manage simple command line items, but larger tasks like this taunt me some. One more reason I've been hesitant for so long to install it. But like I said, the last few days pushed me over the edge. So I took on the task. I am happy to say, I got it installed!! It took about 2hrs to get it all figured out and working, but upon doing similar searches from the last couple days, it was more than worth it.

    Anyway, check it out, and tell me what you think about it. Hopefully it'll be an improvement to the site, and make finding information that much easier for new users, and old users alike.

    • bszopi
      bszopi commented
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      Just as a point of reference on how much this has improved the search, when doing a search for "venture head gaskets" using the old system, it would return over a dozen pages of results. This was because it was looking for each word individually, so most of the threads didn't actually include ALL 3 WORDS. When doing the exact same search with the new system, it resulted in 8 threads. Definitely an improved and more accurate result.

    • 3400-95-Modified
      3400-95-Modified commented
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      There was no option before to search entire string?

    • bszopi
      bszopi commented
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      There was in the 3.x series of the software, but for some reason the search was altered in the 4.x series. It has caused quite a stir over at But, either way, the new search is just that - a search specific application. Therefore, it will function better and faster than anything ever built into the forum software. When you are at the size of this site, the speed probably won't be noticeable though...
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