Board search silently ignoring 3-letter "words"

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Board search silently ignoring 3-letter "words"

Postby barbaz » Mon Mar 21, 2016 4:05 pm

These searches should not return zero results, but they do:
search.php?keywords=WOT&terms=all
search.php?keywords=msn.com&terms=all

Information

No suitable matches were found.


Works: search.php?keywords=html&terms=all


If try to search for a 2-letter word, e.g. search.php?keywords=ns&terms=all, this is what comes up:
Information

The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: ns .
You must specify at least one word to search for. Each word must consist of at least 4 characters and must not contain more than 84 characters excluding wildcards.

(emphasis mine)
Something along those lines would have been a much more reasonable message to print out when searching for 3-letter "words".
People are seeing the "No suitable matches were found" and (reasonably) thinking it's saying there are no threads here about what they're searching for - and so they post new thread on already-discussed topic and someone on board staff has to go close it and point them to the right thread. Time is wasted on all sides.


Since there are many 3-letter words that are useful to search for, can the "word" size lower limit please be changed to 3 characters? Thanks!
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Re: Board search silently ignoring 3-letter "words"

Postby therube » Mon Mar 21, 2016 5:04 pm

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Re: Board search silently ignoring 3-letter "words"

Postby Thrawn » Tue Mar 22, 2016 12:23 am

Or if that's too overwhelming, then the "at least 4 characters" error message should be displayed on 3-letter searches.
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Re: Board search silently ignoring 3-letter "words"

Postby barbaz » Tue Feb 21, 2017 4:40 pm

Bump. I need to do a search for "NAS", and I'm not remembering any other keywords. And search engine isn't turning up the thread I'm looking for.
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