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Topic: Forum search, made easier?
Posted By: haggisv
Subject: Forum search, made easier?
Date Posted: 02/21/2009 at 8:25pm
I know a lot of you have complained about 'forum search' not working too well, and sometimes produced errors. The search function in the forums is integral to the software, and will be very hard for admins to improve IMO.
I've  mentioned using Google instead, but you need to type in quite a few terms to get it to just search the forum...

Since I use the search a lot myself, and have the same troubles, I decided to make a little custom Google search engine, that allows you to just search the forums or other TT sites and not any other sites, and allow you to use all the powerful search options that Google offers.

This seems to work quite well for me, so I've setup a little site for others to use as well, link below:

http://tabletennis-search.choices-guide.com - Table tennis search site

I've only put in the major forums and reviews sites so far, but can add any others on request.

If you try it, let me know if you find it useful or not. If people find it useful, I'll start adding other options/catagories as well. Any suggestions for ways of improvement/additions would be great as well...


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Posted By: Ritkuro
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 12:47am
Thanks. A suggestion I could make is to make a single forum search option. I know it's useless since other forums have their forums have search options but yours is more organized and simple.


Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 2:04am
Thanks Ritkuro, well worth considering!

varghesep: I though my post above answered this already?:
Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

I've only put in the major forums and reviews sites so far, but can add any others on request.


It's only a quick website I put together, and if people are interested I'll add a lot more sites included in the search, and also more features. If there is no interest, I won't bother...


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Posted By: firetack
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 3:05am

thanks haggis ,please add more sites



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Posted By: enevol
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 8:16am
This is great! I hope you'll find the time to advance this project. Thanks..


Posted By: johnny89atc
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 9:25am
Nice job haggisv, thanks!

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Posted By: varghesep
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 9:49am
Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

Thanks Ritkuro, well worth considering!

varghesep: I though my post above answered this already?:
Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

I've only put in the major forums and reviews sites so far, but can add any others on request.


It's only a quick website I put together, and if people are interested I'll add a lot more sites included in the search, and also more features. If there is no interest, I won't bother...
  
There is a sticky section on this forum where it has a list of forums and review sites. They are all "major" Wink and being used by the tt communities.
 
 
 


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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 5:47pm
varghesep: <sigh> Yes of course I'm aware of this, and I'll be sure to add to add your own "major" site to the list... can we get back on track please? <sigh>

firetack, enevol, Johnny89atc: Thanks guys, I'll add some more features and sites...



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Posted By: Wawaicetea123
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 6:23pm
This is kind of off topic but i felt it would be a good idea.

I think we should add a feature to when you are posting a new topic. Every new poster is scolded to use the search function because of double posting and my idea is this. Every time a new topic is made it is first put through a search to look for matches in the title and body paragraphs to avoid double posting. No more double posts or scolding


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Posted By: varghesep
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 6:53pm
Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

varghesep: <sigh> Yes of course I'm aware of this, and I'll be sure to add to add your own "major" site to the list... can we get back on track please? <sigh>

firetack, enevol, Johnny89atc: Thanks guys, I'll add some more features and sites...

 
You made my day Wink.
 


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Posted By: varghesep
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 6:57pm
Originally posted by wawaicetea123 wawaicetea123 wrote:

This is kind of off topic but i felt it would be a good idea.

I think we should add a feature to when you are posting a new topic. Every new poster is scolded to use the search function because of double posting and my idea is this. Every time a new topic is made it is first put through a search to look for matches in the title and body paragraphs to avoid double posting. No more double posts or scolding
 
That is a good idea. But I dont think Haggisv can do that on the search site.


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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 02/22/2009 at 11:42pm
Originally posted by wawaicetea123 wawaicetea123 wrote:

This is kind of off topic but i felt it would be a good idea.

I think we should add a feature to when you are posting a new topic. Every new poster is scolded to use the search function because of double posting and my idea is this. Every time a new topic is made it is first put through a search to look for matches in the title and body paragraphs to avoid double posting. No more double posts or scolding


Yes, a good concept, but admin would have to look into this and change the forum software... I certainly can't do myself and it's not a trivial task...


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Posted By: Lutareio
Date Posted: 02/23/2009 at 8:33pm
This is awesome! Great job haggisv!

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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 02/23/2009 at 10:17pm
Thanks guys! Since you seem quite positive on this little site, I'll add more sites and features in the next few days... I'll also implement a single site search.

Any suggestions on what else we can add, are most welcome!

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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 02/24/2009 at 6:12am
OK, single site search now implemented.

Next:
- Add more forums & review sites
- include All TT sites search
- ???


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Posted By: BobTheBuilder
Date Posted: 04/08/2009 at 2:09am
i definitely appreciate your work here haggis. i've always dreaded searching things up on this forum for fear of taking too long only to get an error.

thanks!


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Posted By: Imago
Date Posted: 08/01/2009 at 3:39am
Forum search is not working at all for me. Any complex (more than 2 words) query results in DB error. ;(


Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 08/01/2009 at 5:51am
Originally posted by Imago Imago wrote:

Forum search is not working at all for me. Any complex (more than 2 words) query results in DB error. ;(


Have you tried the search posted at the start of this thread?


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Posted By: Imago
Date Posted: 08/01/2009 at 9:38am
No, I mean the asp search page. Request cannot be processed. Timeout.


Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 08/02/2009 at 9:50pm
yes that is a common problem... forum searches take up a lot of server resources, so at busy times it will time out.

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Posted By: Imago
Date Posted: 08/04/2009 at 1:42am
Probably you could optimize the SQL config file to allow more concurrent queries or larger timeout. I could help with some suggestions if this were MySQL but it obviously is not. Probably there are pros tah will help better with this issue. It is indeed very inconvenient to search Google for something that is on your board.
 
Or you should probably consider the possibility of DB migration.
 
I am sure there are CS geeks that will be more than happy to help out.


Posted By: quakerroatmeal
Date Posted: 02/15/2010 at 5:09am
What about changing the forum to using vBulletin instead? They seem to be very popular, user friendly and great interface. Some other forums I go on use them and they seem to be good. 


Posted By: Jonan
Date Posted: 02/15/2010 at 6:30am
Biggest problem with the google search is that it also includes the signature info as well. So searching for equipment is almost impossible. You type in tenergy and you get tens of thousands of results because you get every post every person with tenergy in their signature has ever made.


Posted By: Dafydd393
Date Posted: 02/15/2010 at 7:20am
Originally posted by Jonan Jonan wrote:

Biggest problem with the google search is that it also includes the signature info as well. So searching for equipment is almost impossible. You type in tenergy and you get tens of thousands of results because you get every post every person with tenergy in their signature has ever made.
 
+1.


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Posted By: piligrim
Date Posted: 09/27/2012 at 7:02am
how to use google search if I want to search only in Buy and Sell section for example?


Posted By: zeio
Date Posted: 09/27/2012 at 7:28am
Use the " http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861 - site: " operator in your search query

For example, to look up "boll zlc" in the http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=16 - Buy and Sell section , use the following

boll zlc site:http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=16

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Posted By: piligrim
Date Posted: 09/27/2012 at 7:32am
Originally posted by zeio zeio wrote:

Use the " http://support.google.com/websearch/bin/answer.py?hl=en&answer=136861 - site: " operator in your search query

For example, to look up "boll zlc" in the http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=16 - Buy and Sell section , use the following

boll zlc site:http://mytabletennis.net/forum/forum_topics.asp?FID=16



thank you


Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 2:23am
Does anyone still use this site? If not I'll probably take it down.

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Posted By: Imago
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 3:12am
Originally posted by haggisv haggisv wrote:

Does anyone still use this site? If not I'll probably take it down.
 
I'd rather fake it up Thumbs Up


Posted By: yogi_bear
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 3:27am
yes, its still being used

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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 4:09am
Originally posted by yogi_bear yogi_bear wrote:

yes, its still being used

Ok. I've always thought I would extend to to add more websites and features, but the traffic is so low, I wasn't sure of anyone was using it Confused


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Posted By: Imago
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 4:35am
Ooops, I thought you want to take down MyTT Wink, while you are talking about http://tabletennis-search.choices-guide.com/ - http://tabletennis-search.choices-guide.com/  
 
Of course, add more sites - there are nice UK, German and French community sites.


Posted By: vutiendat1337
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 8:00am
i use it a lot :))Clap

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Posted By: haggisv
Date Posted: 01/09/2013 at 8:03am
OK, that's good enough for me. I'll leave it and will add more sites. TTT and TTdaily, and any others you guys can suggest.

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Posted By: Ray
Date Posted: 12/11/2017 at 2:50pm
Search -> Advanced search -> Google forum search is not working:

Quote Unauthorized access to internal API. Please refer to https://support.google.com/customsearch/answer/4542055




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Posted By: nathanso
Date Posted: 12/21/2017 at 11:47am
Getting same thing here from the embedded Google search: Unauthorized access to internal API. Please refer to https://support.google.com/customsearch/answer/4542055

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Posted By: pro946
Date Posted: 02/03/2018 at 2:53pm
Thnaks for sharing, I think it applies depending on the niches.Tongue


Posted By: Sazuy
Date Posted: 03/28/2018 at 6:03am
thanks. it improves a lot now



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