Make Search More Accessible

⭐ Alex ⭐

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When I'm going to a forum I'm going to do one of three things.

1. Read an unread thread.
2. Search for a thread.
3. Create a thread (which 50% of the time requires searching for an existing one first).

There should be a search bar next to the create quick thread area so that I can instantly search for threads in this forum without having to use the complicated global search.

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Xenforo should excel at helping users find the information they are searching for as fast as possible. I strongly feel searching has become slow and lackluster. And the lack of quick searching in a forum has made searching convoluted.
Hmm, I might be missing smth. but isn't this basically already implemented?

Yes, but the "similar threads" functionality is specific to XenForo Enhanced Search / ElasticSearch.

Not quite the same as searching - but is intended to achieve largely the same outcome as the suggested use case - encouraging users to post in an existing thread rather than starting a new one.

Similar threads only returns a few results:


... while search will return a lot more:


... I think having a forum-specific search box available might be a useful addition from a UX perspective, although at the risk of increasing clutter.
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