Search "Within this topic" works for admin but does not work for regular members

Started by gasman, April 08, 2024, 05:45:01 AM

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Hi all

I posted this a year ago, and it is still a problem

My users get zero results when they use the quick search restricted to "In This Topic".

SMF 2.1.4

I have search allowed for guests, all users

Search is set to Fulltext index, and the index is created. I have enabled Force the Use of a Search Index.

All users can search the "Entire Forum", and within "This Board". 

Admin can search within "This Topic" and get good results. 

The Problem: Other users get zero results when searched within "This Topic", despite using the same search words as Admin.

All boards and all topics are visible to all users and guest.

Why does search within "This Topic" work for admin but not other users?


Doug Heffernan

I got this error message when I tried to search in a topic.

You are not allowed to access this section.


Yep, confirmed.  I think this is a bug.

Guests get the not allowed message.

Regular users get a no results message.

Admins get proper results.
Address the process rather than the outcome.  Then, the outcome becomes more likely.   - Fripp


I believe this was reported ages ago.... 


it got closed as not reproducible -- but I KNOW that I was able to reproduce this on 2.1.3 and 2.1.4 (can't find the original report on this site - but I knew it had made it to github at some point)

edit: found it

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I bet folks tested using their admin accounts....

The only one that works... 
Address the process rather than the outcome.  Then, the outcome becomes more likely.   - Fripp


Yep, Search "this topic" works fine for Admin. But I logout of Admin and logging as a regular user, and I get no results for search within "This Topic" on my forum.

Interestingly, it works fine on this SMF Community forum, and I'm just a regular member.