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Implemented Search Operators?

Discussion in 'Closed Suggestions' started by gordy, Aug 8, 2010.

  1. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Would be cool ala Google

    X Y ( X's or Y )
    X -Y ( all X no Y )
    +X +Y ( both X and Y )
    " X Y " ( string search )

    please? :)
  2. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    You can do all of that. Except "X Y" isn't X or Y in Google (or here), it's X and Y (or at least very close to it). Or is implemented through | (ie, X | Y).

    I have analyzed some search strings that users have used on other boards, and there effectively weren't any boolean operators being used. Even quotes were exceedingly rare.
    Tigratrus likes this.
  3. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Okay great! I didn't dig deep enough, I tried it before posting and the minus operator didn't subtract on topic title.

    Just tried it again and works as you state :
    xenfora -meaning didn't subtract since both words were in the title
    xenfora -Spanish subtracted since Spanish was in the body
  4. Mike

    Mike XenForo Developer Staff Member

    I'm surprised it's doing that, but I think that might be down to how MySQL is handling it.
  5. Tigratrus

    Tigratrus Well-Known Member

  6. gordy

    gordy Well-Known Member

    Or poorly executed, more often I've had to google search my own forums (vB) for clarity just to get the right result -
  7. Floris

    Floris Guest

    Ok, removed from my big list of things to test .. :)

    I think it's great that you can use -minusthis in a search. Using it daily in google to get actual results. If only Google would have --remove:seospam :D
  8. Disjunto

    Disjunto Well-Known Member

    I never bother with complex search strings, because most sites don't seem to give me different results with them

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