Old 18th June 2007, 02:57   #1
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Any reason why the Forum Search box shouldn't be at the top of the forum page
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Old 18th June 2007, 05:42   #2
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Other than tech support (well, 25% of tech support), no one uses it?
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Old 20th June 2007, 01:22   #3
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Well - I was brought up to have a go and then RTFM starting with the contents so if I have a problem, the first thing I do is login to a forum and do a search...
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Old 20th June 2007, 07:51   #4
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Well, there is always the main SEARCH page linked at the top of each and every forum
http://forums.winamp.com/search.php

That would give you a wider scope to search the whole forum anyhow, although I personally think that link could do to be moved out of that particular bar and moved into the main part of the forum as it's a bit well hidden at the minute, even though it's right in front of your face, if you see what I mean.
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Old 20th June 2007, 23:50   #5
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Yes, and I use that too... but sometimes it is a distinct advantage to be able to keep your search criteria fairly vague while limiting the scope - being able to search a specific thread would also very useful eg you spot a properly titled thread which looks promising, but it's 4 or 5 pages long. A thread search on a simple keyword like 'codec' can be a lot quicker than reading the whole thread (but imagine the result set if you searched for 'codec' on the whole forum).

Taking a wider view, unstructured databases like community forums are made more difficult to search by the (mostly) poor quality of posts - especially the 'post/thread subject' - made by inexperienced posters (who must create a significant percentage of the threads in a forum). This is not a critcism of such posters (after all I am one of them), since how can we compose a meaningful thread subject when we probably don't know what our problem is about. By 'a meaningful thread subject' I mean a subject which which would return lots of good hits and not too many bad hits when searched for. Perhaps some sort of system whereby members above a certain experience could create and modify a keywords/sub-subject type property for the thread (a la wiki) which could be considered in the search algorithm.

Alternatively, we could each just build a HAL and get it to search our forums for us...

Possibly inappropriate, but are those oxbloods?
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Old 21st June 2007, 14:55   #6
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Added this to the list of open items.

Please don't PM me for technical support. Other users can't search through PM's so it does the other users no good.
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Old 21st June 2007, 21:35   #7
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I'll take that as a compliment...
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Old 23rd June 2007, 13:39   #8
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Re: Accessibilty of forum search

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Any reason why the Forum Search box shouldn't be at the top of the forum page
If you have Mozilla Firefox or IE7 (yuck) you can add
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to the browser search bar.

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