seeking a phrase in titles only finds various non-matching titles/topics

grahamperrin

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<https://forums.freebsd.org/search/210678/?q=gdb&c[title_only]=1&c[users]=grahamperrin&o=date> for example (screenshot below):
  • only one of the found titles includes the phrase gdb
  • for at least two of the non-matching titles, gdb is not a tag.
Should we assume a bug in XenForo?

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SirDice

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It's easier to use google, use a search term like this: site:forums.freebsd.org kde. The site:forums.freebsd.org will limit the search results to the forums only. Most search options on forums don't work that well, especially with "short" search terms (kde is only three letters).
 

scottro

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I should have realized that. I'm thanking you because, on CentOS forums, where I moderate, a lot of spammers just copy an old post. The forum search function only looks for a word--for example word_number will show all posts with either word OR number. This will make searching for copied posts much easier.
 

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a lot of spammers just copy an old post
We get those from time to time too. Or copy something verbatim off of ServerFault or similar sites. Taking a sentence from a post and putting it in quotes also helps track those down. Google has some really interesting options to make your searches really specific.

 

obsigna

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The problem exists because of the arbitrary design decision that valid search terms must have a minimum of 4 characters.

Searching for „ipfw“ gives valid results. Searching for „pf“ reveals an error.

Perhaps this is the reason why IBM sold there laptop business to Lenovo -- IBM is arbitrarily removed from the search results while Lenovo ist not. The same with the disk drives, Hitachi can be found.

As I said, arbitrary not reasonable.
 
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