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Discussion in 'Site Help, Feedback, & Announcements' started by Alex Ethridge, Jan 17, 2006.

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  1. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    I made a search and specified the last six months, my own user name and only threads containing "GPS" in the subject line. The results were every thread I had participated in for the last year or more, and the term, GPS, not only didn't appear in the subject line, it didn't appear anywhere in the threads I examined.

    Is this fixable?
     
  2. oldie

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    Similar problem here chum :confused:
     
  3. TechGuy

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    Very strange! I'll see what I can figure out.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    I tried Alex's search and got a bunch of his posts. Is it possible that GPS was filtered out because it's shorter than 4 characters? If I use GPS alone, I get:

    Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms.

    The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search : gps
     
  5. TechGuy

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    Yup, I think you're right.
     
  6. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge Thread Starter

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    Well, I got the same message but overlooked it.

    It seems odd, though, that if the term is too short, I get any search result at all. Seems to me it would take some small load off the server if the search feature would simply reject a term that is too short.

    Anyway, I have a better understanding now.
     
  7. TechGuy

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    Oh, it's supposed to! As John pointed out, without the username it reports "Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms." Unfortunatley, it just doesn't seem to do that if you include a username. I'm looking into it. :)
     
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