When I search using quotation marks (""), I only get results that actually have quotation marks in their posts.
Let me give an example: when I enter: “Global Village”, (wanting to get results with that exact phrase) I only get 2 search matches and both of them actually have quotation marks in their posts (e.g. ‘Anything with “Global Village” in it is funny.’). But when I enter: Global Village, I get 221 search matches (e.g. ‘I truly hope Chen’s Japanese interpreter gets bootfucked back to Global Village (where he taught Japanese in the late 1990s).’ & ‘wolrd’s biggest village.’/’ open-minded and global minded ').
I hope this makes sense and that you can improve this searching method as it is very useful.
[quote=“Modest Mouse”]On a side note, when I search the site and select “topic” (as opposed to “posts”), I often see that the search matches do not have the word(s) I searched for in their topic.[/quote]One of the posts in the topic should contain the word. It returns a list of topics rather than a list of posts.
And that post, which contains the word, could be on any page, not necessarily the page which it opened to. Which is of course ridiculous. The software should direct you to the first page on the thread which contains the word. In an ideal world that is.
Yeah, why can’t you be more like Google. Is that too much to ask for?
This brings me to my next suggestion: have a smiley face for expressing sarcasm, as it is often difficult to detect on forums - which can lead to misunderstandings. I’m not sure what it would look like. I’ll leave it up to you to decide that, after all that is why they pay you the big bucks (insert sarcastic smiley face here).