(A J Mako)
November 4, 2018, 8:37pm
I have been trying to search the forums, specifically within the Inform 6 and 7 Development topic. Unfortunately, the search function gives me this:
The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words:
description room things get how to of in a.
You must specify at least one word to search for. Each word must consist of at least 3 characters and must not contain more than 14 characters excluding wildcards.
I understand the need to filter out words that are very common, but should the search really ignore words like “description” or “room” or “things” in a forum about interactive fiction?
BTW, it doesn’t matter what settings I use. Even limiting my search to “description room things” I get no results because every word in the search is ignored.
I think the issue is precisely that it is a forum for interactive fiction–the words “description,” “room,” and “things” are particularly common in posts here, so the forum search ignores them.
If the built-in forum search isn’t giving you anything useful you can search the site using google:
(There’s been some talk of changing the forum software, which would lead to a different built-in search function, but I don’t know how much it would help with this issue.)
Also if there’s a specific question you have, you can always post it! It’s not a big problem if you ask a question that someone asked before, if it’s not easy to find the old thread. (Or even if it is.)
February 25, 2019, 2:33pm
Also note “each word must consist of at least 3 characters” so don’t include “to” “of” “in” “a”.
A search for “description room things” works fine, at least when I tried it.
So it looks like switching to the new forum software may indeed have helped with the issue with the old phpBB search!