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[Suggestion] Search boxes

Discussion in 'XenForo Suggestions' started by ---MAD---, Aug 24, 2010.

  1. ---MAD---

    ---MAD--- Well-Known Member

    Hi there,

    I feel that the search box that is always visable should be used to search current forums/threads instead of having a seperate search box you have to hunt for.

    For example if you are in a forum the seach box says "search this forum..." or "search this thread..." and obviously you are able to change where it searches by selecting the location "Everywhere" or "This specific forum" or "this specific thread".

    I don't know how hard this is to achieve from a coding stand point however, to me, it's a bit odd that there can be 2 search boxes that basically have the same functionality.

    With Windows for example, if youa re int he control panel and use the search, it searches the control panel. If you search using the start button it searches for everything, if you are in your documents and search it searches your documents. Never do you end up with 2 search boxes on the same screen.

    Thoughts?
     
  2. Floris

    Floris Guest

    I really like the idea of content aware search in the header. I understand you're in a situation that from a thread you want to search for another piece of content, having to go back to frontpage first would kinda suck. However. I really like the idea (like I said) that you can be in a profile, and find profile content above global content, same with a thread, or a forum you're in.
     
    ---MAD--- likes this.
  3. LFC_SL

    LFC_SL New Member

    I second this suggestion. I really really like the search box. Really like it. But a bit of tweaking to allow for context searching without having to click back and forth would be dreamy :cool:
     
  4. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

    What a great idea!

    In it's current state I find the Search functionality in XenForo not that intuitive indeed. It is IMHO definitely in need of some improvements (is this too convincing, Floris? ;)). Look for example at this issue that is arising now: http://xenforo.com/community/threads/suggestion-advanced-search-results-topics.2082/#post-30259. The [Search Threads and Posts] button is positioned all the way to the right of the breadcrumb, making the UI confusing in that particular Search screen. People can simply not find that button or get that they can enter a whole different Search screen by clicking it!

    Okay, okay it can be a lot worse (we won't mention the name 'vBulletin 4'), but there is room for improvement here in XenForo.

    It took me a while for example to realize that:

    (A) - When you go to the main search bar (right under the Username dropdown menu) and press 'Advanced search...' and then in the Search screen that follows press the [Search Threads and Posts] button, that the Search screen that is presented to you then, is the exact same screen as when you:
    (B) - Go to a forum, Click on 'Search this forum' and press 'Advanced search'.

    Also, I still don't understand why the Advanced Screen of (A) has a button [Search Threads and Posts] which brings you to yet another Search Screen. Why can't these screens be combined into 1? What is the difference actually between them?

    The simpler it gets for the enduser, the better.
     
  5. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    I completely agree with Grover. When we click Advanced Search, the first Search Screen should be eliminated and the Second Search Screen should be presented.
     
  6. AndyB

    AndyB Well-Known Member

    It appears there isn't the ability to search only a specific thread? This should be added as it's a very useful feature.
     
  7. Grover

    Grover Well-Known Member

  8. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    + Like.
    Great idea.
    I suggested this for XenCarta (It says: Search Wiki) to distinguish the search box from Xenforo's main search.
     
  9. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    Great idea.
    :)
    A dropdown such as this could avoid your situation.

    context.aware.search.box.jpg
     
  10. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I just saw that IPB does this as well.
    IPB.search.context.dependent.jpg
    Even though xenforo is just a forum so far, hopefully it enables addon makers to leverage the search tool for their addons.
     
    Andrej likes this.
  11. Digital Doctor

    Digital Doctor Well-Known Member

    I suggested a dropdown to switch from the default context specific searching to other types of searches.
    IPB just uses the "Settings icon" to forward to Advanced Searching.
    I think that has advantages.

    Maybe at the top of the Advanced searches there could be some dropdown options for the most popular types of searches people want ?
     

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