RE: Blogs for questions, blogs for answers

Subject: RE: Blogs for questions, blogs for answers
From: Kevin McLauchlan <kmclauchlan -at- safenet-inc -dot- com>
To: 'Samuel Wright' <lykoszine -at- gmail -dot- com>, David Neeley <dbneeley -at- gmail -dot- com>, TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2007 14:28:45 -0400

Samuel Wright wrote:

> Almost all (!) forums have a mysql search of one kind or another. This
> does not make it any good. The search algorithms are usually pretty
> simple, often involve cutting out words of 3 characters or less, and
> are often just full text searches of the forum post.
> One could always use _any_ forum, and get a google site search to
> index the pages. Almost certainly better for finding what you want,
> but not so nicely integrated into the site proper.

I went back to visit a few of the forums that I remembered. The actual
problem, I'm reminded, is not that stuff can't be found (so I assume they
are using a full-text search). It's how the results are displayed. You'd get
back a hit, open it, read some enticing words... and not know what thread or
topic the message was from.

Again, this could be a configuration issue on the part of the
administrators, or it could be a limitation of the software, or it could be
something entirely unrelated that hasn't occurred to me.


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