Our Discussion Forum now has a better search function. - Do you like it?

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Our Discussion Forum now has a better search function. - Do you like it?

Good news: We have upgraded the Forum's search function!

When you enter a search term into the search bar, you now land on a page that provides you with three different options for searching, which you can access with three tabs (see white labels on grey or black boxes here: forum.susana.org/forum/search ).

First option (and default option):

The default is the Google site search for only the Forum. It uses the Google algorithm for ranking of your search results. E.g. those with more links to it or more views and replies should come out on top.

Second option:

The second option is the so-called "Detailed search" which also searches only the Forum but which doesn't give you a Google-type ranking of results. It is not a Google search. Rather, it is a search tool provided by Kunena, the software used for this Forum. With this search option you can utilise certain detailed search parameters like searching only in certain forum categories, only for certain years or for certain users. To do that, there is a button called "show/hide search parameters" towards the right. The search results are displayed as full posts, which means you might have to scroll down quite a bit to find what you are looking for (or click through several pages of search results).

Third option:

The third option is the Google site search for Forum and mother website ( www.susana.org ). Again, search results are ranked by the Google algorithm, and this time it is searching through all the Forum posts plus all the pages and sub-pages of the SuSanA mother website.

You can access all three search option when clicking on "search" at the top, or when putting a search term into the search bar.
Or when you go here: forum.susana.org/forum/search

As I said, the default is the Google Forum site search, and the other two options are accessible with the tabs.

What do you think? Is it working well for you? Please do try it out and put your feedback into this thread.

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Elisabeth

Dr. Elisabeth von Muench
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Re: Our Discussion Forum now has a better search function. - Do you like it?

A few users provided the feedback to me that having three search options is too confusing, and especially the second option was unclear (it's the one provided by Kunena that we call "detailed forum search" which is not using a Google algorithm).

I am now suggesting that we drop that second option to simplify things. Would anyone miss it if it was no longer there? Do you use that "detailed search option" of Kunena or are you happy with us providing only the Google site searches?

Any feedback would be appreciated.

If nobody says within a week or so that they would prefer to keep the "detailed forum search" then we will drop it .

Regards,
Elisabeth

Dr. Elisabeth von Muench
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Wikipedian, co-founder of WikiProject Sanitation: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:WikiProject_Sanitation

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