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Search for exact word or phrase?

Started by SethStudent, October 21, 2021, 12:55:36 PM

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SethStudent

Is there trick to a search for an exact word or phrase to narrow down results? It seems I used to be able to do this on my forum, before the upgrade to 2.1 RC4, but my memory could be faulty.

For instance, I did a search on the word progress, and got 6 pages of progress, progressed, progressive and progression. Searching on "progress" (in quotes) returned the same results.

Another example: I searched for Dr. Instream and results also contained mainstream and a multitude of different Drs.

Sir Osis of Liver

AFAIK search has always worked that way, don't know why it's never been fixed.
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

SethStudent

Quote from: Sir Osis of Liver on October 21, 2021, 06:15:57 PMAFAIK search has always worked that way, don't know why it's never been fixed.

Is there a way I could put in a request? Or start a petition? My forum is super text-heavy, we're probably not the only ones who would benefit from this ability.

Sir Osis of Liver

You can post a request in Feature Requests, but I think if it could have been done previously it would have been.
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

shawnb61

For my 2.0 forum, we use the Search Focus Dropdown mod. That mod adds Google search, which will accomplish the type of search you're looking for.

https://custom.simplemachines.org/index.php?mod=1634

This would be a good addition for 2.1...
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SethStudent

Quote from: Sir Osis of Liver on October 22, 2021, 12:47:50 PMYou can post a request in Feature Requests, but I think if it could have been done previously it would have been.

OK thanks, no harm in asking.  :D  Here's a search engine that has been developed and refined over the past five years by a young coder. It has a variety of search options, it would be a good model, but I don't know a thing about coding and what's involved with something like that.

https://findingseth.com/

albertlast

How strong the fulltext search in vanila 2.1 ist, depends on which database you run the forum,
the strongest you get with postgres driven forum.
Since the search is language aware.

Oldiesmann

There is a setting in the admin center for "match whole words only", but it doesn't seem to do anything (it's checked on my test board and searching for "test" returns results for both "test" and "testing")
Michael Eshom
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SethStudent

Well, I seem to have a knack for finding bugs for some reason, being non-technical and therefore an innocent. Or ignorant, not sure which applies.

I will pursue this as a Feature Request. I've just been overwhelmed with other things lately.

Sir Osis of Liver

It's not really a bug, it's a shortcoming in the software.  You should be able to search for a complete string by placing it in quotes, but it's never worked here.  For reasons unknown it appears to be impossible to fix.
"The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley." - Robert Burns

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