The Search function needs a tweek.
Is there any way that the search function can be improved on this site. I often see newer members directed to it when they ask a question that may have been covered previously but having just had a shufftie for an old thread myself (using various different search strings) I find it frustrating in the least. It generates so many random associations that it make's it virtually impossible to find anything specific, and that's with the benefit of loosely knowing from memory, what I'm looking for. I pity those who are trying to search 'blind'.
Maybe some helpful searching tips might be added to the bottom of the page to guide those less savvy with the wiley ways of t'interweb.
I only used the Xmarks search function by "tag," because English Bloke is correct that the regular search is a bit more miss than hit.
Instead, I use Google as a self-generated custom XMTS search.
1. navigate yourself to http://www.google.com
2. at the start of your search string, use this modifier: site:xmarksthescot.com
3. add the rest of your keywords and press enter
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CMcG: that's what I do too because when im on my iPhone or iPad the search feature doesn't even work. It sends me to a error page every time.
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i am with you guys, if i google what i am serching, maybe 7 out of 10 times google finds a thread on here that i couldn't find through the search
i try and use the search feature often but then get frustrated and turn to google and then i just end up back here anyways. i think some tweaking if possible would be greatly appreciated.
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14th July 11, 07:51 AM
example: watch THE WATER HORSE with my kid's (10 and 6)...... takes place IN SCOTLAND and there is only 1 time that anyone is in a kilt, and it's a under the table shot mid way through the move!!
so it got me thinking this morning about movies and kilts.
i searched the form search function and found nothing. i then just went to google and first put in "kilts in movies" and got this thread from 2009 as one of the first few links.
again just an example of what the thread is about
14th July 11, 06:32 PM
Could always add google as the search function too
14th July 11, 06:47 PM
DITTO Johns original post!! . Lots of referrals to, what I find to be, a nearly useless function. And all this time I thought it was just my computer ignorance. If it is, I'm glad to see I'm not the only one
Thanks for posting this John!
15th July 11, 04:27 AM
But surely, this is down to all of us. Every thread should have tags, otherwise it will never be found. This very thread has no tags.
I think the Google site modifier is a good idea.
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