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Lack of interest Allow partial searches

Ryan Kent

Well-known member
#1
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.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#2
You can use * as a wildcard, for example Jaxe*

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

Ryan Kent

Well-known member
#4
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.
 

Brogan

XenForo moderator
Staff member
#5
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.
 

Ryan Kent

Well-known member
#6
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."