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#1 Asashosakari

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 17:15

One thing that I semi-frequently run into trouble with the search feature is its limitation to words with four letters and up. I understand that's mostly there to prevent wasteful searches for words like "to", "the" etc. but occasionally it's quite unhelpful because even legitimate searches are prevented by this (especially since you can't even combine three-letter words with longer ones in the same search). I really should keep a list of annoying words, but today's offender was "yen", at any rate.

Another one that fails in a very creative way is "joi-jin" - this one actually produces a "no such search results" error instead of the "too short words" one, but it's clear that it's a matter of word-length since something like "shin-juryo" works fine. (Ironically enough, the first hit for "shin-juryo" also includes "joi-jin".)

Another forum I'm lurking in manually added/whitelisted a handful of three-letter words on the search function...would that be feasible for ours, by any chance?

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 17:40

One thing that I semi-frequently run into trouble with the search feature is its limitation to words with four letters and up.

I think four letter words should be banned. This is a family forum.
More to the point, the three letter thing annoys me more than cigarettes, coffee notwithstanding. Try Ama or Ako when looking for something.
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:18

By default, the forum script uses MySQL full text search, so changing the search options would require access to MySQL configuration files. I've changed it to "manual search", which enables searches for 3+ character strings. It is somewhat CPU intensive, so it could slow the forum down a bit. Let me know if it works.

And Kintamayama, four letter words are banned. You were a moderator once, you should know.

Edited by Exil, 12 January 2006 - 22:20.

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:27

By default, the forum script uses MySQL full text search, so changing the search options would require access to MySQL configuration files. I've changed it to "manual search", which enables searches for 3+ character strings. It is somewhat CPU intensive, so it could slow the forum down a bit. Let me know if it works.

And Kintamayama, four letter words are banned. You were a moderator once, you should know.

I use them all the time, and nothing happens.. (Censored).

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:30

I use them all the time, and nothing happens.. (Censored).

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:35

And Kintamayama, four letter words are banned.

Good! Hate that. Fans must only talk sumo here, else kick them Exil.

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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:40


And Kintamayama, four letter words are banned.

Good! Hate that. Fans must only talk sumo here, else kick them Exil.

Only when they make rude puns.
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Posted 12 January 2006 - 22:59

Hm, I see we've been far too lenient here. It's time we put an end to this four-letter menace.

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Posted 13 January 2006 - 00:35

Only when they make rude puns.


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