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Why is the search function limited to over 5 letters?


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You do hopefully realize that limiting the search to five letters and above eliminates needless hits on sentence articles and other too-common words that would bring back such a flood of results that it would be worthless to you. Not to mention how much processing it takes to compile such. I know you may want to search for "axl playing guitar" but you could just as easily search for "playing guitar" and look through the results for Axl's name.

I don't think it's set up to use boolean operators to do "if then else" or "either or" searches. Not to mention that takes some pretty serious programming algorithms to make that work effectively. Companies like Google and Yahoo spend millions on that. Eric's a pretty cool guy but that's a little much to ask for a free forum he runs in his spare time.

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You do hopefully realize that limiting the search to five letters and above eliminates needless hits on sentence articles and other too-common words that would bring back such a flood of results that it would be worthless to you. Not to mention how much processing it takes to compile such. I know you may want to search for "axl playing guitar" but you could just as easily search for "playing guitar" and look through the results for Axl's name.

I don't think it's set up to use boolean operators to do "if then else" or "either or" searches. Not to mention that takes some pretty serious programming algorithms to make that work effectively. Companies like Google and Yahoo spend millions on that. Eric's a pretty cool guy but that's a little much to ask for a free forum he runs in his spare time.

Ahhhh I see your point, and yeah we cant take this forum for granted seeing as most of us dont pay.

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You do hopefully realize that limiting the search to five letters and above eliminates needless hits on sentence articles and other too-common words that would bring back such a flood of results that it would be worthless to you. Not to mention how much processing it takes to compile such. I know you may want to search for "axl playing guitar" but you could just as easily search for "playing guitar" and look through the results for Axl's name.

I don't think it's set up to use boolean operators to do "if then else" or "either or" searches. Not to mention that takes some pretty serious programming algorithms to make that work effectively. Companies like Google and Yahoo spend millions on that. Eric's a pretty cool guy but that's a little much to ask for a free forum he runs in his spare time.

I'm assuming (and many apologies to Eric if i'm wrong!) that Invision would do most of the coding for the search function anyway - take a look at it when it's expanded - it's reasonably more advanced than you'd expect. It's no Google, but it's more than adequate. ;)

I'd say you're pretty spot on about the reasons the five letter limit is there though. You've got to factor in the forum resources you'd save as well by not returning endless unneccesary pages too.

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You do hopefully realize that limiting the search to five letters and above eliminates needless hits on sentence articles and other too-common words that would bring back such a flood of results that it would be worthless to you. Not to mention how much processing it takes to compile such. I know you may want to search for "axl playing guitar" but you could just as easily search for "playing guitar" and look through the results for Axl's name.

I don't think it's set up to use boolean operators to do "if then else" or "either or" searches. Not to mention that takes some pretty serious programming algorithms to make that work effectively. Companies like Google and Yahoo spend millions on that. Eric's a pretty cool guy but that's a little much to ask for a free forum he runs in his spare time.

I'm assuming (and many apologies to Eric if i'm wrong!) that Invision would do most of the coding for the search function anyway - take a look at it when it's expanded - it's reasonably more advanced than you'd expect. It's no Google, but it's more than adequate. ;)

I'd say you're pretty spot on about the reasons the five letter limit is there though. You've got to factor in the forum resources you'd save as well by not returning endless unneccesary pages too.

It's not a bugat all, the setting is fully configurable.

A_Sense_Of_Rage is right, so it highvoltageacdc.

The moderating team finds the performance/usefulness is fine as it is.

Thank you for your concern.

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