phonomac wrote:Thank you for the instructions on how to use search properly. Can you tell me please where I would have found this information without you having to tell me?
I wasn't aware it was something that needed explaining before now - it's just how search engines work
Try it with Google, Yahoo etc. Using quotation marks to fine tune search results is one of the first things I learnt when I got online many moons ago, although Google seems to have this nailed now and seems to know what you are searching for without much prodding.
The main difference between search engines is how stuff is sorted. Web search engines appear to sort by relevancy to keywords, possibly loaded to take into account the exact phrase (amongst a million other variables like date, popularity etc), but I'm no expert. Forum search engines normally sort by date or
relevancy to keywords so it's important to be specific about what you are searching for and how you want it displaying (hence all of the tick boxes)
You will get different results using the custom search box at the top of the page as it's powered by Google search. It works differently to the forum search as (a) it uses Google's index of the whole site rather than accessing the site database and (b) it restricts the number of results to 10 pages. I believe it also weighs results on keyword relevancy too, but as I say, I'm no expert on search algorithms.