I find it highly unintuitive. If I search for anything, I look for the big search box. Why are there other search boxes hidden under links on completely different areas on the same page?
Three links for searching all over the same page. As bad as a design only could be. Therefore my very constructive suggestion to put all the additional search clutter links popping up when you click on the Search... box.
I wouldn't use IPB search for a reference. It's one of the areas when I used their product I found completely lacking. I often suggested tweaked and function to make it better, which was supported by others in the community, but fell on deaf ears of the developers..
The suggestion at hand isn't adopting IPB searching.
It is .. when in a thread ... the search box searches threads - unless the user changes it
It is .. when in a forum ... the search box searches forums - unless the user changes it
It is .. when in a gallery ... the search box searches galleries - unless the user changes it
It is .. when in a wiki ... the search box searches wikis - unless the user changes it
It is .. when in a store ... the search box searches the store - unless the user changes it
I understand his suggestion wasn't to adopt IPB's method... I think Kier and Mike have their own style and way of doing things that are much better than others, so I know I don't have to worry about it being like IPB.
You showed a reference to IPB and I presumed you liked the way IPB did it. I don't. I used their software and as a user, and a admin of an IPB forum my opinion and my users opinions was it was lacking. As a paying customer I offered suggestions that got positive rep from other members, but nothing was done.
Being able to search the entire forum, thread or system is one of those things that will never 'fit' for all people.. everyone wants to expects something different..
As I stated, I trust Kier and Mike to continue to make this system better without being 'someone' else....