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    useless subjects

    Pet peeve alert <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> I usually try and do a search on The Lounge before posting a question, but most of the time I come up empty because the subjects usually contain things like "have question" or "need help" or something equally useless. Since the search tool looks thru the subjects, it's not able to provide a meaningful output when posters provide these kind of subject text. I know there is no fix for this, but maybe adding some reminder just above the subject field to use a 'meaningful' subject and give exmples of bad ones (like those I listed). This is a problem with all mailing lists I know... ah, no real solution. Oh well.

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    Re: useless subjects

    I agree that lots of information is essential in the subject. It often indicates to me whether I want to look at the post. However, concerning the Lounge search tool, it searches for the words in the body of the message also. You may want to change the search options from "phrase" to "AND". --Sam
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    Re: useless subjects

    As Sam pointed out, the Search engine does in fact search the full body as well as the subject. You might also want to make sure you have selected "All Forums" - you won't find much if you are searching in the wrong forum.
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    Re: useless subjects

    Sam's point reminds me that I nearly always use the "AND" search option. Would you consider making it the default?
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    Re: useless subjects

    Yes <img src=/S/exclamation.gif border=0 alt=exclamation width=15 height=15> Please <img src=/S/grovel.gif border=0 alt=grovel width=31 height=23>, mum!
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    Re: useless subjects

    Perhaps have those options as a line of radio buttons, rather than a dropdown, so you're less likely to use an option you don't want?
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    Re: useless subjects

    No radio buttons - I've just bumped AND to be the default.
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    Re: useless subjects

    Okay! <img src=/S/yep.gif border=0 alt=yep width=15 height=15>

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    Re: useless subjects

    While we are on the subject of search defaults.....
    I have my total posts to display setup set to 99 (I'm fortunate to be on a fast connection).
    If I manually do a search, I always reset the default number of posts to 99.
    If I do an auto-search - e.g. 'show all users posts' - I have no control over the number of posts displayed. ***
    Could this default to what one has set up in their profile?

    *** Actually you can tweak the number in the url, or do the search the long way.....

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    Re: useless subjects

    A nice tweak

    Just too late for Halloween twick or tweak.
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    Re: useless subjects

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    Re: useless subjects

    Soory about that. It was missing a variable. Should pick up your default choice, now.
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    Re: useless subjects

    Thank you <img src=/S/eileen.gif border=0 alt=eileen width=17 height=15>! <img src=/S/clapping.gif border=0 alt=clapping width=19 height=23> <img src=/S/thumbup.gif border=0 alt=thumbup width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/trophy.gif border=0 alt=trophy width=15 height=15>
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    Re: useless subjects

    An option for KeyWords would be useful.

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