Why is the search engine so cack?

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Found 15th Aug 2008
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it is a nightmare when you are making sure not to double post anything.

agree its naff!

Tell me about it - can never find a thing!!

It's not naff, you just need to use it properly. Always use Advanced Search - it takes 30 seconds (if that) to do a proper search, far less time than posting a deal which then gets removed for being a duplicate. You can search on thread titles or inside the thread. You can search just in Deals forum. You can search on date. It's very easy to customise.

Always put a plus sign in front of each word too!

BristolDeal;2750487

It's not naff, you just need to use it properly. Always use Advanced … It's not naff, you just need to use it properly. Always use Advanced Search - it takes 30 seconds (if that) to do a proper search, far less time than posting a deal which then gets removed for being a duplicate. You can search on thread titles or inside the thread. You can search just in Deals forum. You can search on date. It's very easy to customise.Always put a plus sign in front of each word too!

why put a plus sign in front of each word? not come across another search engine that does that??:?

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BristolDeal;2750487

It's not naff, you just need to use it properly. Always use Advanced … It's not naff, you just need to use it properly. Always use Advanced Search - it takes 30 seconds (if that) to do a proper search, far less time than posting a deal which then gets removed for being a duplicate. You can search on thread titles or inside the thread. You can search just in Deals forum. You can search on date. It's very easy to customise.Always put a plus sign in front of each word too!


Agreed. I used to really slate the search on this site and agree it is useless. The advanced search however does work well and also now brings back results in date order.

I don't like the + prefix either and it isnt commonplace elsewhere.

Mardyass;2750497

why put a plus sign in front of each word? not come across another search … why put a plus sign in front of each word? not come across another search engine that does that??:?



Lots of them do it - Google does it. It tells the search that a word MUST be included in the results. You could put a minus sign in to exclude a word as well. One of the classic examples for that is if you want to search for "python" to read about snakes, but don't want a load of Monty Python sites - so you'd search

+python +snake -monty



Oh and there's the other tip of using quotation marks to search for a phrase. So if you wanted a Chad Valley product, searching for "Chad Valley" would only bring up results with those words together, and not with just the word Chad or Valley on its own.

Here's an example of the difference Advanced Search can make. Using whizzkid's thread about the Shrek Donkey toy - say you come back on tomorrow and want to see that thread again but can't find it.

This is what you get if you just type shrek donkey into the search box on the main page.

hotukdeals.com/sea…e=1

The one you want is there, quite near the top - but there are also 25 pages of other results.

This is what you get if you go to Advanced Search, type in +shrek +donkey and then click on 'Deals' under 'Search In Forums'.

]http//ww…Now

One result. And the one you want! So for two extra plus signs and one mouse click on 'Deals' - that's a big difference.

Original Poster

The advanced search doesn't work either. I was looking for the latest NOTW/Tesco thread.
In the advanced search I typed in News+Of+The+World+Tesco, chose deals and vouchers and then selected groceries.
Not on the first two pages...

Have you got Expired threads visible? (Just under the big 'submit' button there are VIEW OPTIONS - make sure it is set to Include Expired - in other words it should say Exclude Expired (!) )

]http//ww…Now

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IWannaBeAdored;2750913

The advanced search doesn't work either. I was looking for the latest … The advanced search doesn't work either. I was looking for the latest NOTW/Tesco thread.In the advanced search I typed in News+Of+The+World+Tesco, chose deals and vouchers and then selected groceries.Not on the first two pages...


1. you have to have a space between search terms

2. search terms have to be at least 3 characters

3. Include expired.

I tried +news +tesco in adv search and DEALS and it found all 3 recent ones.

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bod emrys;2751018

The search function on this site IS pretty rubbish.It's usable once you … The search function on this site IS pretty rubbish.It's usable once you know how to use it, but is absolutley awful if you don't. Surely if it were made more user friendly we wouldn't have nearly so many duplicate posts on here.


:thumbsup:

I actually think they should get rid of the SEARCH box completely so it forces everyone to use the advanced search. The basic search is right up there as the worst on the internet IMHO and just causes confusion and lots of duplicate deals and "where is the thread on ......" etc.

bod emrys;2751018

The search function on this site IS pretty rubbish.It's usable once you … The search function on this site IS pretty rubbish.It's usable once you know how to use it, but is absolutley awful if you don't. Surely if it were made more user friendly we wouldn't have nearly so many duplicate posts on here.



[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]I agree that the general search box at the top of the page is nigh on useless, so it doesn't surprise me we get so many duplicates. However, I don't think you can solely blame the search, because there are still a lot of people who don't bother to even use that one before posting.[/SIZE][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][/FONT]
[FONT=Arial][SIZE=2]It would take 5 minutes to work out how to use the Advanced Search effectively, really - much better that people do that than spend a lot more time posting deals which then have to be removed. Would also cut down on frustration levels I reckon! :-D[/SIZE][/FONT]

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BristolDeal;2750520

Lots of them do it - Google does it. It tells the search that a word MUST … Lots of them do it - Google does it. It tells the search that a word MUST be included in the results. You could put a minus sign in to exclude a word as well. One of the classic examples for that is if you want to search for "python" to read about snakes, but don't want a load of Monty Python sites - so you'd search+python +snake -monty:)


Actually the + seems to achieve nothing on google from my experience

tried +python +snake -monty and found 269,000 results with all the top ones having both python and snake in them.

tried python snake -monty and found 266,000 results with all the top ones having both python and snake in them.

If as you say the + sign makes it MUST include the term then I would expect more results on search 2 above

I think this is why nobody uses the + sign on this site.

i only used the search button until bristoldeal pointed out the advanced search in someones post only use that now as just the search button is rubbish thanks bristoldeal :thumbsup:

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fab_1;2751102

i only used the search button until bristoldeal pointed out the advanced … i only used the search button until bristoldeal pointed out the advanced search in someones post only use that now as just the search button is rubbish thanks bristoldeal :thumbsup:


all the more reason to dump the standard search IMHO :thumbsup:

its okay when you go to advanced search.
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