Forum Search

Hi Joe and James.

You guys switched to google search. I know that it is way for you to get support for the project, but it is ABSOLUTELY HORRIBLE. All of the search results alway come with the sites title and NOT the threads title, thus making it impossible to quickly identify which post might be the most relevant to what we are searching. Plus, the old search system returned longer excerpts from the posts!

If you could switch back, I am sure that many members of the community will appreciate it.

Thanks.

I know that it is way for you to get support for the project,

Actually, it’s a way for us to pay $500/year to Google. There are no ads on our Google search results, and we’re receiving nothing from Google other than better search results.

All of the search results alway come with the sites title and NOT the threads title, thus making it impossible to quickly identify which post might be the most relevant to what we are searching.

This one is my fault. I’m trying to figure out how to fix it, but Joomla is fighting me.

Plus, the old search system returned longer excerpts from the posts!

Sure, but they weren’t relevant about 90% of the time.

I posted about the change here:

http://www.virtualmin.com/forums/news/new-google-site-search.html

If you could switch back, I am sure that many members of the community will appreciate it.

I’m not going to switch the default search link back, but I will fix the titles in the results (one way or another). I’ll see about getting longer snippets, as well (I dunno if Google will let me do that, but I’ll file an issue with them about it).

I’ll also see about getting the old search box added to the “My Profile” or “Help” page. But let’s see if we can’t get the Google results looking nicer first–if you take the time to click through a few, I think you’ll find that the results it brings back are an order of magnitude better than the simple text search provided by the forum software.

OK, so I’ve turned off the description in the title of our pages…it’ll take a while for Google to re-index, probably, but it should clean up the search titles a lot once they do.

joe
you might want to check with joomla as they use it too
http://forum.joomla.org/

Joe, thanks for the response. Hopefully the titles will soon become more clear.

I mist your announcement post, which is why I said that it is a way for you to get some support. I thought that in the past they used to pay per search, and I am sure that the forums are searched a lot. So, I thought that it was going to be some monetary compensation from them and thus making it easier for you guys to cover some of your expenses.