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Lack of Interest Allow partial searches

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by Ryan Kent, Feb 22, 2011.

  1. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    Presently a complete search term is required to find a match. For example I performed a member search for "Jax" with no results. A search with Jaxel brings up the record. There are many instances where a partial search would be helpful.
  2. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    You can use * as a wildcard, for example Jaxe*

    SQL does not allow 3 letter words to be searched for by default.
  3. dutchbb

    dutchbb Well-Known Member

    Which is a good thing since it's set for optimal performance.
  4. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    For now I'll try to let board users know to use a * in searches. I would still offer the suggestion that if XF would automatically add a "*" after all searches, it would be a benefit to our users.

    Just as an fyi....Looks like the Find Member function isn't the same as a "search" within XF. When I perform a Find Member for Jax it comes up "The specified member cannot be found. Please enter a member's entire name." If I try a Find Member for Jax* the same response appears.
  5. Brogan

    Brogan XenForo Moderator Staff Member

    I'm not sure adding a wildcard by default is a particularly good idea.
    That's going to return a lot of irrelevant results.

    Searching for part for example would return words such as part, particle, particular, participation, etc.
    Oracle likes this.
  6. Ryan Kent

    Ryan Kent Well-Known Member

    You are absolutely right. Perhaps the current system is best.

    Reminds me of the quote "True happiness is being satisfied with what you already have."

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