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Title: Forum search broken?
Post by: paynterf on Jan 19, 2018, 01:28 pm
Hi,

I was trying to search for topics regarding the toneAC library, but discovered that the search icon at the top of the page is (I think) equivalent to a Google search of the entire inet, as opposed to a search of just forum topics.

When I did a Google search for "arduino how to search forum topics", I found

http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?action=search2

but it doesn't return any results, and you can't seem to get there from anywhere in the forum.

topic searching seems to be such a basic feature of modern forums - am I missing something?

TIA,

Frank
Title: Re: Forum search broken?
Post by: pert on Jan 19, 2018, 01:36 pm
http://forum.arduino.cc/index.php?action=search2

but it doesn't return any results
That hasn't worked for a long time. The Arduino Webmaster recently told us that they are working their way back to having the on-site search working again.


equivalent to a Google search of the entire inet
No, that's not correct. It adds "site:http://forum.arduino.cc" so you're only searching the forum. However, there isn't really a way to limit your search to a specific forum section with Google and that is something I've wished for at times so I think it will be nice if they get the forum search working again.
Title: Re: Forum search broken?
Post by: paynterf on Jan 20, 2018, 12:34 am
Is there something unique about the Arduino forums?  Every other support forum on the planet has search tools - why not this one?
Title: Re: Forum search broken?
Post by: Coding Badly on Jan 20, 2018, 08:04 am
However, there isn't really a way to limit your search to a specific forum section...
https://www.google.com/search?q=toneAC+site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fforum.arduino.cc+%22Arduino+Forum%22+%22Using+Arduino%22+%22Audio%22 (https://www.google.com/search?q=toneAC+site%3Ahttp%3A%2F%2Fforum.arduino.cc+%22Arduino+Forum%22+%22Using+Arduino%22+%22Audio%22)

...seems to work well for limiting the search to Arduino Forum >  Using Arduino >  Audio.

Title: Re: Forum search broken?
Post by: pert on Jan 20, 2018, 08:32 am
That sort of search will still find results in all forum sections as long as they happen to contain those keywords but that should narrow it down quite a bit even if you do get some results from other forum sections. I tried adding the specific forum path string (e.g. "Arduino Forum > Using Arduino > Audio") to the search but unfortunately there is some weird formatting of that path as displayed on the forum pages so I just get no results. I also tried skipping over the areas of weird formatting: (e.g. "> Using Arduino" "> Audio"). But Google loves to do a fuzzy search even when you have it set to "verbatim" mode so I still end up with results from other sections.
Title: Re: Forum search broken?
Post by: westfw on Jan 20, 2018, 10:12 am
Well, I'm on several forums where common knowledge is "you're better off using google with the site option than trying to use the search option provided here."