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Lack of interest [suggestion] Search result display: "Return results as threads" (plus extra)

Jesepi

Well-known member
#1
Having posts returned instead of threads can give somewhat repetitive results. Maybe it is just because of how long I have been using vbulletin, but I really like having threads returned when I first search for something. It lets me locate actual topics first instead of potential off topic remarks in unrelated threads. Once I find a thread I am interested in, I find myself searching inside that thread for the relevant information I originally set out to find. Would it be difficult to offer a sort of mix of the two?

How hard would it be to return something like the following:

Say I searched for "ipod touch"

I get search results that display a topic, and a number of "sub-result" posts within that topic that contain the keyword(s) I searched for.
  • Thread: Which music player to get?
    • Post #3, by AudioXPhile "...used a zune, creative xen, and others. Get an ipod touch because...."
    • Post #12, by SoccerMom ".. say get one, but my ipod touch died after a month..."
    • Post #22, by SomeGuy22 "I kind of want an ipod touch. let us know how it turns out if..."
  • Thread: How many MP3's do you own?
    • Post .....
There could then perhaps be a button to "search this thread for full results" to search the thread fully. Sorry if I didn't explain this clear enough, but thats the best I can think of, short of opening up photoshop and drawing it out.
 

Shadab

Well-known member
#2
Although this feature is already implemented in XF, the option is slightly hidden(?).

Take a look at this discussion:
http://xenforo.com/community/threads/suggestion-advanced-search-results-topics.2082/

Say I searched for "ipod touch". I get search results that display a topic, and a number of "sub-result" posts within that topic that contain the keyword(s) I searched for.
  • Thread: Which music player to get?
    • Post #3, by AudioXPhile "...used a zune, creative xen, and others. Get an ipod touch because...."
    • Post #12, by SoccerMom ".. say get one, but my ipod touch died after a month..."
    • Post #22, by SomeGuy22 "I kind of want an ipod touch. let us know how it turns out if..."
  • Thread: How many MP3's do you own?
    • Post .....
There could then perhaps be a button to "search this thread for full results" to search the thread fully.
If you mean something along the lines of...

Additional_Results.png

... I like it. :)

The supplementary results could be displayed by default, with the ability to collapse them using the small arrow. And the "Additional Results" text could be linked to perform a separate search in that specific thread.
 

Digital Doctor

Well-known member
#4
This is neat.
I'd settle for easier access to: [ ] Display results and threads on the Main Search Dropdown.
(Oddly enough it is on the individual Forum Search dropdown. Not sure why).