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Jim S

Lazeez,

The search function apparently uses the space as a delimiter. So exact multi-word search strings aren't possible. Single word searches generally return a ton of hits all of which have to be waded through to get to the one I'm looking for. Would it be possible to introduce a delimiter to the search function so that the space would be a legitimate search character?

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Jim S

Enclosing your search query in double quotes switches to phrase search.

So putting "search function apparently uses" (quotes included) in the search field would only find the posts containing this exact phrase only. Although, testing it with this exact phrase right now might not work as the indexing might not have done the latest posts yet.

Same thing for the quick search on the home page. But neither have the full fledged contents search available in the advanced search page.

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Jim S
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@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

I've tried searching on my handle inside of double quotes as suggested and come up with posts containing only Jim. Hence my question.

ETA: That was my first try btw.

MarissaHorne

I tried searching for "Search forum poata" to see what happened. I got five results (not including this thread).

When I searched without quotes I found 13 returns, which included all three words in any order.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Jim S

I've tried searching on my handle inside of double quotes as suggested and come up with posts containing only Jim. Hence my question.


The function does not search user names in posts. Only what's in the actual text. If your handle Jim S was mentioned as is in the post, then it will be found, otherwise, it won't.

Although, the indexer does not index single letters. So even then it might not find your handle.

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Jim S

@Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

It appears to pick up my handle when it is linked in a post so that @Jim S shows. So it gets a partial match under the conditions you describe, missing only those where my post isn't linked.

However, in a test with "Jim S" entered, the post titled The Talisman from 2015 is one of those returned which contains only the string Jim. And I didn't post to that particular thread. That seems to indicate that anything past the space is ignored.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Jim S

That seems to indicate that anything past the space is ignored.


I guess the indexer ignores single letters.

sejintenej

I really can't see the problem here. Who would realistically look for a single letter such as "a" or "I"? Realistically one would be looking for a phrase or uncommon word (it would take a merkin to search for "on" or "the").
On the 14th I put in a query in EXACTLY the format I would use on Google - putting quote marks before and after "Los Angeles". Never tried it before on SOL but it worked a treat. Thanks, Lazeez

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awnlee jawking

@sejintenej

I really can't see the problem here. Who would realistically look for a single letter such as "a" or "I"?


Fortunately or otherwise, 'Story of O' isn't a SOL story ;)

AJ

Ernest Bywater

@awnlee jawking

Fortunately or otherwise, 'Story of O' isn't a SOL story ;)


I don't think we have 'Dial M for Murder' on the site, either.

John Demille
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@awnlee jawking

Fortunately or otherwise, 'Story of O' isn't a SOL story ;)


I beg to differ:

http://storiesonline.net/s/46280/story-of-o

Dominions Son

@John Demille

Except that's not the original 'Story of O' which was written in 1954 by by French author Anne Desclos under the pen name Pauline Réage, and published in French by Jean-Jacques Pauvert.

The original French copyright is probably still active.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Story_of_O

awnlee jawking

@John Demille

Now that it's been mentioned in the forum, I did a search for "story of o". The results were as Lazeez would have predicted.

AJ

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Jim S

@awnlee jawking

Maybe I just need to change my handle. How about it, Lazeez. Is that possible? (somewhat tongue in cheek :) )

richardshagrin

@Jim S

change my handle

How about Jim SOS? Or if you don't want the story of O, just Jim SS. Oops, Grammar Nazi problem. Maybe Jim South?

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Jim S

@richardshagrin

Jim SS. Oops, Grammar Nazi problem.

Not a bad one as I tend to be a grammar National Socialist after all.

awnlee jawking

@richardshagrin

Or Jim Ess.

AJ

richardshagrin

Jim Ess.

Not recommended, probably someone will change the E to an A.

Lazeez Jiddan (Webmaster)

@Jim S

How about it, Lazeez. Is that possible?


Yes. It's easy.

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