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exact phrase searches in VBulletin?
by ginahoy
04 May 2016 22:50

I run a large professional group on LinkedIn, which I will soon be moving to an independent website using VB4. I just called sales support and the rep told me that the ability to search for "exact phrases" was removed from VBulletin, and offered no explanation why.

Can someone confirm if this is indeed true, and if so, recommend a mod to restore that capability? The ability to search for exact phrases is critical for finding useful information in our archives. I do not want to rely on Google for this. Thx.

Dave 04 May 2016 23:37

As far as I know vBulletin 4 still has this feature?

ginahoy 05 May 2016 00:22

Thanks, Dave. The rep was simply repeating what a tech resource was communicating to him on his terminal, but he said it was removed from VB4 as well as VB5. But given that this is 3rd hand information at this point, I really hope someone who runs a VB4 board can confirm, one way or another.

Dave 05 May 2016 00:38

vB4:

http://puu.sh/oGAlA/5e326497be.png

ginahoy 05 May 2016 01:10

I'm not quite sure what I'm looking at. The Exact Match radio button appears to be specific to Phrase Manger. I can't find a general definition of what Phrase Manager is, but it doesn't look like this has anything to do with configuring the forum search engine. ??

Dave 05 May 2016 01:20

Ah... I assumed you were talking about the language / phrase manager of vBulletin. Didn't know you were talking about a search engine.

Gio~Logist 05 May 2016 01:58

You can search by exact username name but not exact search keywords.

That will require some custom work to restore the functionality.

ginahoy 05 May 2016 03:45

Quote:

Originally Posted by Gio~Logist (Post 2570170)
You can search by exact username name but not exact search keywords.

That will require some custom work to restore the functionality.

Why on earth would a functionality like this be removed from a software package?! If certain forum operators don't want to support exact searches for whatever reason, then provide a means to disable it in the CP. Don't just rip out out!

I also looked at PHPbb but discovered it also doesn't support exact phrase searches. This makes no sense at all. LinkedIn's suck-ass search engine is one of the main reasons I'm moving my group elsewhere.

Can someone refer me to a forum platform with a fully functional search engine?

Gio~Logist 05 May 2016 03:49

Quote:

Originally Posted by ginahoy (Post 2570182)
Why on earth would a functionality like this be removed from a software package?! If certain forum operators don't want to support exact searches for whatever reason, then provide a means to disable it in the CP. Don't just rip out out!

I also looked at PHPbb but discovered it also doesn't support exact phrase searches. This makes no sense at all. LinkedIn's suck-ass search engine is one of the main reasons I'm moving my group elsewhere.

Can someone refer me to a forum platform with a fully functional search engine?

This issue is really something that can be easily resolved within 1-2 hours of work or less.

ginahoy 06 May 2016 06:59

I just registered for the VB4 demo. Unfortunately the search engine in the demo appears to be broken. I couldn't get any search to work, so I'm guessing the index must be empty. I rebuilt the index and search engine appears to now be working.

The sample post set up in the demo includes the following phrase: "administrative facilities available"

First, I searched for those three words without quotes. The search engine correctly returns the post. If I add a nonsense word to the search, it still returns the post. This confirms the search engine works as the logical OR -- i.e, it returns posts that contain any of the search words. Apparently there's no option to search for all words.

Now if I add quotes, it returns an error:

The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search:
"administrative facilities available"


What's happening here is that the word length checking routine evaluates the quoted string as a single word (including the quotes themselves, as it turns out). From the Admin Control Panel I increased the max word length to 40. Now, when I search for that same string, it correctly returns the post.

However, if I remove the middle word like this: "administrative available", it returns returns the post, confirming that the VB4 search engine is still searching for individual words within the quotes in any order (e.g., no exact phrase search capability). Darn. I also confirmed that even with quotes, it process the search as an OR function.

I saw one strangeness I can't explain. The sample post includes the phrase "24 hours after", but if I omit the middle word and search for "24 after" in quotes, it returns no match. (the min. word length is set to 4, and remember, the word length checker evaluates this as a 10-character word). Although this might suggest the quotes are being processed as an exact phrase search, I was unable to replicate that with any other 3 word string from the sample post. Strange indeed.

Multi Phrase Search is a must...
by SpectateSwamp
03 May 2019 20:36

My search did multi phrase search since 1999.

It has a max of 6 phrase / mini-phrase search keys..
If any don't exist then the next info is searched...
Wow does it work great for long detailed file names...

i have a recent video on youtube.. called
"squirrel at cabin green mountain road 20190329123657"

After a quick catalog function...
I can instantly search and play that clip
by entering: the / is separator
" road/ gre/abin / squ"
or
" roa/ 201903/irrel"
the thing is I don't need to know the name of a long file to find it..
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=izD6dsQPh9M&t=56s


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