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Author Topic: Search function  (Read 3367 times)

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Offline Mookie86

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Search function
« on: June 06, 2012, 10:52:34 PM »
Do we not have the capability to search for an exact phrase, or am I missing it?  I just waded through 7 pages of "hits" from a search for home school.  It flagged every post where home and school were mentioned.  I used Advanced Search, and I see only "Match all words" as the narrowest option.  Is there a way to add "Match exact phrase" option?

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Re: Search function
« Reply #1 on: June 07, 2012, 06:44:47 AM »
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Using the simple or advanced search methods, you can still use search modifiers. That is, powerful special characters which modify the way SMF handles your search string.
  • Phrase search - use double quotes (") around your term ("search term") to search for the search term as a phrase instead of individual words.
  • Excluding terms - use a minus sign in front of terms you'd like to exclude from the search result. For instance, "search -term" will search for "search" but not "term". The minus sign must have a space prior to it.
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Offline Mookie86

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Re: Search function
« Reply #2 on: June 07, 2012, 06:59:10 AM »
Very helpful info., and thanks for the quick reply!  Perhaps add that text box on the search engine page?

Offline SilverLining

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Re: Search function
« Reply #3 on: June 07, 2012, 09:56:21 AM »
Your welcome. :)

I don't think our admin. is able to change what it says on that page.

I clicked the HELP button and found it there.
The party told you to reject the evidence of your eyes and ears. It was their final, most essential command. - George Orwell, 1984

Online rebekahc

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Re: Search function
« Reply #4 on: June 07, 2012, 10:31:58 AM »
I might could break into the code and find a way to add it, but I really won't have time to mess with it for a while.  I always thought those search modifiers were considered common knowledge.  I use them all the time with Google, etc.
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Offline Mookie86

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Re: Search function
« Reply #5 on: June 07, 2012, 11:13:51 AM »
I never thought to look in the Help section regarding this issue.  Thanks!

Please don't change anything for me!  If it's common knowledge but somehow I didn't know it, then there's no need to change anything.  Even if you decide to change it, there's no rush to do so.

I have vague, distant memories of searching for exact phrases in quotation marks, but I haven't used it in so long that I forgot about it.  For awhile, I've had a "search exact phrase" option on library websites, on other message boards, and other places. 
 
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