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Postby Blockio » Fri Apr 06, 2018 9:05 am

After trying and failing to find posts on some things multiple times now, I feel like something needs to be changed about the way the search feature, or, to be more precise, the ignore filter works.
Firstly, Shinji, Rei, Asuka, Misato and Gendo are listed as too common and are not taken into consideration. This, is downright ridiculous if you ask me.

Secondly, the three-digit-rule is in dire need of exception, most notably two-digit number combinations (searching for threads on specific Eva Units is pretty much impossible as it is right now), and Jo, Ha as well as Q, for reasons obvious.

Even better would be a customizable whitelist, but I do understand that this requires major changes in the site's source code
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Postby Monk Ed » Fri Apr 06, 2018 1:00 pm

Whoa. I didn't realize the search feature was so limited. If it's not sufficiently improved in the pending update that I never get around to, I'll investigate extensions/mods to make the search better. Thanks for bringing this to my attention.
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Postby Mr. Tines » Fri Apr 06, 2018 3:18 pm

I think the behaviour is fairly standard for things that aren't really search engines -- the database will have indexed the words, and dropped a standard stop-list ("a" "the" "and" etc.), plus the forum specific high-frequency items that would make the SQL queries return "too many" results.

We did use to have a Google "search this forum" widget, which took advantage of that dedicated engine for the task. The work-round is to go to your preferred search engine and use a "site:forum.evageeks.org" qualifier for your search, which does the same thing as the widget.
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Postby pwhodges » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:04 pm

High-frequency items like "Shinji" may be useless on their own, but still have a place to play in separating out items which could apply to any pilot, for instance.
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Postby DarkBluePhoenix » Fri Apr 06, 2018 6:09 pm

I wish the advanced search feature would allow us to choose a single thread to search if we search while in the thread, rather than redirecting us to a forum-wide search where we have to weed through a heap more of results.
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Postby Blockio » Sat Apr 07, 2018 8:55 am

Another two terms that could use a place on the whitelist are S2 and N2
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