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kkxlnc

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 5:14 pm    Post subject: Access to delete posts and optimized search
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Hi Moderators,

You guys are really doing a great job maintaining such a great forum full of knowledge. Though I have registered on this forum for a few years now, my contributions have been negligible as my work doesn't really allow me to experiment too much technically. But whenever I faced any issues, I always had this forum to get my answers.

Couple of suggestions:
1. Every user must have access to delete his own posts. Most of the forums do allow this to happen.
2. Our search results in too many results which are sometimes not really relevant to what we are searching for. We have to manually scroll through a few pages to get to the right topic to get our answers. Can this search be optimized so that it quickly points out to limited but closely matched responses.


Thank you.
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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 5:58 pm    Post subject: Reply to: Access to delete posts and optimized search
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1. Every user must have access to delete his own posts...

why?

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1. ...Most of the forums do allow this to happen.

I don't think that is true. (not that it matters!)

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2. Our search results in too many results which are sometimes not really relevant to what we are searching for.

Could it possibly be due to the fact that most Topic Titles are useless?
How can an "optimized Search" correct the behaviour of Posters?
You are at the mercy of your fellow board members;
thus you are forced to check on "key words within discussions".
which opens another can of worms when think about the "usefulness"
of many posts by those who do not even bother to address the TS's request.
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dick scherrer

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PostPosted: Thu May 21, 2009 9:28 pm    Post subject:
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Hello,

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Our search results in too many results which are sometimes not really relevant to what we are searching for.
If your search criteria is non-specific, how would the search know which topics you really want that match and which ones to discard that also match what you asked for?

Something that i believe would help is a "not" operator (i.e. database -db2) - would find topics containing "database" but would exclude those containing "db2".
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Fri May 22, 2009 12:33 pm    Post subject:
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Might be this can be of use...

Whe you search on Keywords:You can use AND to define words which must be in the results, OR to define words which may be in the result and NOT to define words which should not be in the result. Use * as a wildcard for partial matches.

Then select any of these:
Search for any terms or use query as entered
Search for all terms

Then if you know the author name key in that or use * as a wildcard for partial matches.
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mcmillan

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:48 pm    Post subject:
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Our search results in too many results which are sometimes not really relevant to what we are searching for. We have to manually scroll through a few pages to get to the right topic to get our answers. Can this search be optimized so that it quickly points out to limited but closely matched responses.


Can you please explain me with a sample search and result.
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Anuj Dhawan

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PostPosted: Tue Jun 02, 2009 6:53 pm    Post subject:
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Welcome Back McMillian -- quite a long holidays . . . icon_smile.gif
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mcmillan

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PostPosted: Sat Jun 06, 2009 1:19 am    Post subject:
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Every user must have access to delete his own posts. Most of the forums do allow this to happen.


We have many active moderators who can do it for you on request.

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Our search results in too many results which are sometimes not really relevant to what we are searching for. We have to manually scroll through a few pages to get to the right topic to get our answers. Can this search be optimized so that it quickly points out to limited but closely matched responses.


Good suggestion, but not economical on a forum with 76000 members.

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