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BHW Search sucks :(

Discussion in 'Forum Suggestions & Feedback' started by flow, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. flow

    flow Regular Member

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    Two problems:

    1) can't search three letter words such as cpa

    2) gives results for any search term (ie searching for: limited paypal, will bring up anything with limited in it, and anything with paypal in it)


    Can we add some search booleans?
     
  2. lewi

    lewi Jr. VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    1). there is a whole section just for cpa

    2). dont have a clue
     
  3. Siek

    Siek Regular Member

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    1) MAIN FORUMS >> CPA SECTION
    2) limited paypal is a personal question >> prob not many threads on it..if you can't find your answer post away.
     
  4. flow

    flow Regular Member

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    I'm obviously not looking for threads just about CPA... and 'limited paypal' was just an example.

    Let's say I wanted to learn all I could about what happens when someone is banned from a CPA network... I'd ideally just search 'cpa banned'.... except cpa doesn't get searched, and even if it did, it would pull up ALL threads with the word CPA in it, and all threads with the word banned in it.

    SHITTY :(
     
  5. simo

    simo Junior Member

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    i agree the search works for every word in a strin rather than the term searched for - if you have something like how to join paypal

    every term that has join in it
    every term that has paypal in it etc etc will be returned meaning a lot of digging
     
  6. Gogeta

    Gogeta Power Member

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    Thats how vbulletin works unfortunately, its not BHWs fault. I tried searching three letter words before and got no results. Its annoying but maybe vbulletin will update the problem.
     
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  7. Jagged55

    Jagged55 Power Member

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    I think that this is a key issue with all members and has a lot of impact on the thread about turning BHW into a pay site. A lot of noobs don't use the search (that's a given) but when so many of us that rely on search engines to make money and we can't find what we are looking for, how can we expect them to find something before asking a silly question? Hopefully it gets solved soon since there is so much info on the forum.
     
  8. randomman

    randomman Newbie

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    Yes something needs to be done with the serach..
    Its inpossible to finbd what you search for.
     
  9. Essential Clix

    Essential Clix Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Have you tried placing quotations around your search phrase, in the BHW advanced search?

    IE "limited paypal"
     
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  10. soctal

    soctal Regular Member

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    thats quite true, vbullitin does indeed have a very poor search engine. i think i might try going out to google search engine to search for something on BHW next time.

     
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  11. sqlbyte

    sqlbyte Junior Member

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    I think there is a thing called advanced search on BHW and a thing called google.
     
  12. Essential Clix

    Essential Clix Executive VIP Premium Member

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    Yes, vbulletin's search feature kind of sucks.

    But, if you can't find it using advanced search here on BHW, then do an advanced search on google. Just type blackhatworld.com into the bottom text box (Search within a site or domain) and it should pull up your results.

    It's a pain in the ass, yes, but it's all we have to work with.
     
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  13. masterwaldo

    masterwaldo Registered Member

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    When I searched BHW, I always use google and it will always give the result i want.
     
  14. Panique

    Panique Power Member

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    Can't there be a specific search like google, searching with quote's
     
  15. justthinking

    justthinking BANNED BANNED

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    You are correct about the search engine at BHW. It does indeed suck. As for vB, I believe we have enough talented people around here to help with a query string to improve it.
     
  16. ShadeDream

    ShadeDream Elite Member

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    The search results usually don't show you what your actually looking for. Its all because the forum search engine needs to be indexed.
     
  17. peter1988

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    now i know why...thanks for sharing...

    yah..it is quite annoying...i face the same problem previously...

    This problem already exist quite some time...correct if i am wrong here...
     
  18. flow

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    Aha, thanks for the quotes tip Essential Clix... it doesn't actually find that exact string-- only posts with all words, which is great..... and also the Google search idea, and to expand on that you can simply enter this into the normal search box:

    site:blackhatworld.com search string

    I hope no one feels that I'm ripping on BHW, I love BHW.
     
  19. simo

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    you know i know your right and i actually know that but fuck i must be getting lazy cos my first reaction was like oh no thats like a few clicks away and dont wanna have to do that lol

    damn internet is making me too lzy

    thanks man regardless


     
  20. Sweetfunny

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    Yes actually vBulletin can do this.

    You need to enable 'Fulltext Search' in vBulletin Options >> Search Type

    After that you "may" need to 'Rebuild Search Index' under Maintenance >> Update Counters.

    Then when you search in quotes "blackhat rocks"

    It will return threads with 'blackhat rocks' but not threads with 'blackhat seriously rocks' for example.

    You can change it to allow 3 letter words like CPA, but since vB relies on MySql's full text search features/algo this needs to be changed at the server level not in vB. But given the size of BHW you will wind up with a pretty big search index and table scans at 3 char.

    Edit: While i'm here, why don't you guys drop all the .css and .js in external files? The <head> section is 500 characters long, so it will trim down the pages a bit.
     
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