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    Search defaults

    I can't see anything in the 3 edit-profile screens that cover this:

    Is there a way to get the basic Search engine to default to "All Forums" and "All Posts"?

    I don't know about you, but I like to explore the database of messages a LOT for therein is trapped the combined genius of humanity.

    Given the blinding speed of computers nowadays, I'd rather peruse all possible posts on "nit picking" and narrow down my search IF REQUIRED than to start off small, get no hits, revise the search to be bigger, get no hits, and finally explore the universe and find that I get no hits.

    Although getting too many hits can SOMETIMES be confusing, most times I'm using a search engine (any engine, not just Woody's Lounge) because I'm stuck for direction.

    Also, is it only me or is the list of forums (in the search engine) not sorted alphabetically?



    What do others think?

    (Only those who agree with me need reply ..... (grin!))

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    Re: Search defaults

    It defaults to "All Forums" if you are on the Main Index when you call it, otherwise it defaults to the Forum you're in.

    I've changed it so it now defaults to "All posts".

    The dropdown list is sorted in the same order as the Boards appear on the Main Index. (That's alphabetically within each category.)
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    Re: Search defaults

    > It defaults to "All Forums" if you are on the Main Index

    Ah hah. I see.

    >I've changed it so it now defaults to "All posts".

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you ...

    > alphabetically within each category.)

    And again, Ah! I see!


    Thanks for the explanation, but especially for the all posts. My reasoning made sense? I realise now that once I get back up to speed again (hopefully before I'm 56) I'll be aware of "posts within the last week", it'll be the one's I've never seen, or have long forgotten that make me use the search engine.

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    Re: Search defaults

    Eileen,

    That's a nice default. Thanks for that.
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    Re: Search defaults

    A follow-up:

    I just got on the board, and immediately did a serach for "opening templates". The defaults were perfect (for me!). All Forums, All posts, entire phrase.

    No hits.

    I forget what I did next - maybe the Back button on my broswer or the Up button on the screen - and there were all the settings, just as I left them, All, All, Entire. I changed the Entire Phrase to And an re-searched. 8 hits.

    Perfect!

    The old board used to toss away all my settings. It's right handy to be able to shrug and go back to tweak the serach settings without having to rebuild them.

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    Re: Search defaults

    Well actually, we can't take the credit for that - it's just that the browsers have improved.
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    Re: Search defaults

    >t the browsers have improved.

    You mean Netscape gets the credit?

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    Re: Search defaults

    Actually (in this one isolated instance), IE was the prime offender. [img]/w3timages/icons/grin.gif[/img]
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