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A "cached" search function?

nittany03

FUBIJAR
pilot
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Super Moderator
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Yeah, but that still only gets you so far. Even if you are searching properly, you aren't gauranteed results.
That's when you create a thread saying hey everyone, I searched for X and found Y. Can anyone answer my question about Z? Anyone who would flame someone for a question like that should be smacked.
 

C-Mike

Registered User
If you want to use Google to look for something specifically on Airwarriors, you can type (in Google) [site:airwarriors.com "stuff to search"] and this does a Google search on just pages in the airwarriors.com domain. I've found that this is a more user-friendly option than the search function on the website, and it provides more results from similar searches.
This is essentially what I was getting after in my original post. I didn't know of that relatively basic web search function which limits all returns to hits within a given site, [site:airwarriors.com "stuff to search"]. It works well, and does indeed highlight the search criteria where it appears in the AW page if you select cached results from Google. This does the job I was looking for, however of course it would be nicer if it could be conducted from within AW (depending upon the effort to implement).

I think everyone who has posted does have valid points regarding utilizing the current Advanced search functions as well as its limitations, however I think it's fair to say without a doubt the AW search engine could use some tweaking. If it is too labor intensive to modify the current, and implement new capabilities, maybe a brief post in the Required Reading section could
be created which outlines all of the various hints and search commands one can use in finding what they are looking for. The Google method above is pretty solid...
 

nittany03

FUBIJAR
pilot
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Super Moderator
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Sounds like a good idea, Mike. VBulletin also has the bad habit of deciding that certain words are too short to bother with. Unfortunately, this includes most acronyms new guys and girls are looking for, such as BDCP, NROTC, etc.
 

WBGTSNA

NPQ from SNA
Contributor
Sounds like a good idea, Mike. VBulletin also has the bad habit of deciding that certain words are too short to bother with. Unfortunately, this includes most acronyms new guys and girls are looking for, such as BDCP, NROTC, etc.
This is why I am such a staunch supporter of the "Google method" of searching AW. Any aircraft specific searches are also discarded by VBulletin such as "P-3 lifestyle" or "F-18 bases". These would omit the aircraft aspect of the questions and come back with just the words lifestyle and bases which would not be very helpful.

I know that Google offers embedded search on people's own websites. The main question is to whether VBulletin will accept it in their code.
 

pourts

former Marine F/A-18 pilot & FAC, current MBA stud
pilot
This is why I am such a staunch supporter of the "Google method" of searching AW. Any aircraft specific searches are also discarded by VBulletin such as "P-3 lifestyle" or "F-18 bases". These would omit the aircraft aspect of the questions and come back with just the words lifestyle and bases which would not be very helpful.

I know that Google offers embedded search on people's own websites. The main question is to whether VBulletin will accept it in their code.
Thanks for the google tip. Works much better.
 

joboy_2.0

professional undergraduate
Contributor
Sounds like a good idea, Mike. VBulletin also has the bad habit of deciding that certain words are too short to bother with. Unfortunately, this includes most acronyms new guys and girls are looking for, such as BDCP, NROTC, etc.
great point. Often times those short modifiers make the difference between 15 quality results and a million useless results.
 

webmaster

The Grass is Greener!
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Site Admin
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Sounds like a good idea, Mike. VBulletin also has the bad habit of deciding that certain words are too short to bother with. Unfortunately, this includes most acronyms new guys and girls are looking for, such as BDCP, NROTC, etc.
Reference this post:

http://www.airwarriors.com/forum/showthread.php?t=13318&highlight=search

vBulletin has a feature that allows indexing and biasing of search words. It also allows for varying the length of words that are too short. Quite a while ago, I asked for assistance in identifying search acronyms that would be helpful.
 

nittany03

FUBIJAR
pilot
None
Super Moderator
Contributor
Oh. Didn't realize that affected lengths of words allowed in search. Thought it was just for performance once the search commenced.
 
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