Discussion in 'Network Information, Suggestions and Feedback' started by adam180, Jan 3, 2009.
It worked for me so it must be ok lol
I've just had a go at searching on a few topics that I've previously looked at and although I don't have old and new threads side by side, I'm pretty sure that these results were more helpful.
That's not to say that it's uncovering things that the old function didn't, but it wasn't uncommon for fairly useless results - one word in an otherwise long and irrelvant post - to turn up near the top of the list of results, but now those are nearer the end.
Blimey, the search function is rather impressive. Worked with a two character search as well.
I've been given the OK to shift the official limit to 3, but if two is working: damned fine.
The IPB search was just weird. I mostly used Owen and his peculiar forum memory to find stuff.
Already get the feeling this one will lead to more old thread poking.
I do like to see decent old threads float back up.
The search function appears to be very efficient and I am finding it easier to navigate than the last changeover.
Many thanks Otto and all Admin.
...which reminds me. Time for some Sartorial Elegance, Pith Helmets and Scotch Eggs.....and something I vaguely remember about 'Our Adam' going down a Mine or something?
Owen has a memory like a steel trap.
Just tried a few more in case previous attempt was a fluke. Worked perfectly for a search for UK and another for G3 .
Set it to 3 minimum, but then tried some 2 letter search terms.
'MG' - Instant, logical list of Machine Gun references.
'V2' - Yup.
'A9' - Fine.
So, no need to re-add the Google search widget.
It is now not hard to find things on WW2Talk.
I shall still refer to Owen for bird identifications though.
I've not yet decided whether on balance this is a good or a bad thing yet, but on the other forum I use the moderators merge a lot of newer threads with older ones on the same or similar topics - sometimes a few weeks or months after their creation - often with more easily found thread titles.
The advantage is that search usually locates the threads you want easily, but the downside is that the most venerable threads are hundreds of pages long, which can be off-putting.
As others have already pointed out, the new Search Engine is just super.
Well worth the changeover if only for this !
Going to be running an update on the search system after posting this.
Risking doing it with the site still open to see how intensive it is on the server, so apologies if things slow down for a while.
I seem to be having problems navigating easily to the war diaries.
If I go into Recce, then 56 Recce War Diary and click on a month (any month), it takes me back to the main forum page, whereas before it used to take me straight to each individual page of that month's diary and I could browse each page within that month.
So I tried going to the Gallery and used the search function, 56 Recce war diary, no results found
Am I doing something wrong?
When you say click I take it you mean an internal link?
They all died during the software change unfortunately. Doesn't seem to be any way to fix that other than manually editing post and putting in the new url.
As for the albums, I suppose the quickest way would be to recall who posted them in Gallery and call up their Albums via their profile page...?
Thanks for replying Diane. Looking at Paul's Albums page, and clicking on the internal link, ie 56 Recce War Diary, July 1945, it states no media has been added yet.
56th Recce War Diary July 1945 | WW2Talk
I think some links for some months have been broken also, although I haven't checked all 24 pages of albums to check.
Ah well, I need to get my cd copies out of the drawer-much easier
Edited 15.55 well a bit strange-the pages of the albums seem to be there now
The first 6 albums on page 1 have No Media added
WO361/904 Nth Africa Recce Missing Personnel
1 Recce War Diary January 1944
1 Recce War Diary January 1944
56th Recce War Diary September 1945
56th Recce War Diary July 1945
56th Recce War Diary April 1942
Strange that there are apparently 2 empty Albums with the same name. Are these Albums definitely empty? If so I will re-upload them shortly along with some new diaries. Also I will fix the internal links soon.
Where has the search function gone then ? "The search could not be completed. Please try again later"
Aye Rich, I've flagged it already.
Bad timing I'm afraid, unless Otto can have a look, it might have to wait a day or so...
It's back to googling in the meantime.
Sincere apologies, chaps.
'Something' went wrong with the clever 'elastic' part of the search engine, somewhat typically while I was away drinking heavily in Somerset from a real computer.
I've turned the clever bit off, so there is now a search engine again, though it may not be as sharp as it was until we can get the clever bit reset.
Still noodling, so don't be too alarmed if it comes and goes over the next half hour or so.
You bin cider-gliding, My Lover ?
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