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    Important Windows Secrets short terms

    We need to get a list of items we'd like to be able to search for, or that would be helpful. Currently, 3 letter search terms are not enabled. However, certain words can be allowed as exceptions.

    For example, these will be added as allowed:

    API
    VBA

    Any other suggestions for 3 letter acronyms that would be useful in search queries?

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    Probably MSE would be a good one to allow too.

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    Some thoughts ......
    ISO
    FTP
    PDF
    Win
    OEM
    BCD
    ERP

    Should common file extensions also be added?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfspry View Post
    Should common file extensions also be added?
    I would not add DOC or XLS, as I use them often as short-hand for Word document and Excel workbook. There would just be too many results to be useful. Also PDF, ZIP, DLL, and EXE probably are too common to be useful. I'm having trouble thinking of any file extensions that would be candidates.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jscher2000 View Post
    ...... Also PDF, ZIP, DLL, and EXE probably are too common to be useful.
    Having PDF may be useful for searching titles for PDF creator, PDF reader, PDF writer, PDF problem

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    Quote Originally Posted by tfspry View Post
    Having PDF may be useful for searching titles for PDF creator, PDF reader, PDF writer, PDF problem
    I think you are on the right track... While 3 letter acronyms don't yield useful results alone, with the right qualifiers some can be very useful.

    For example, searching AMD on overclockers.com isn't going to be real useful, but searching for amd 965be is. A bit more difficult to think of examples like that for DLL or EXE, but I could see your PDF example also working for ZIP. Not sure for things like DOC or XLS... But the forum backend (webserver and DB) should be robust enough to be able to handle an occassional generic BIG query like that, and being able to mix useful acronyms with good terms could probably be useful.

    The real goal of disallowing short searches is to eliminate the really bad ones, like "the" "and" "by"... That sort of stuff hits on almost every item on the site and can create a ton of load. Outside of those, it'd be better to err on the side of convenience for users rather than being overly restrictive.
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    One springs to mind, RDP.

    Although it stands for Remote Desktop Protocol I see it used frequently to refer to remote desktop in general.

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