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 Post subject: Search Unhelpful
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:37 pm 
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I have been trying to search the forums, specifically within the Inform 6 and 7 Development topic. Unfortunately, the search function gives me this:
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The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: description room things get how to of in a.

You must specify at least one word to search for. Each word must consist of at least 3 characters and must not contain more than 14 characters excluding wildcards.

I understand the need to filter out words that are very common, but should the search really ignore words like "description" or "room" or "things" in a forum about interactive fiction?

BTW, it doesn't matter what settings I use. Even limiting my search to "description room things" I get no results because every word in the search is ignored.

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 Post subject: Re: Search Unhelpful
PostPosted: Sun Nov 04, 2018 3:43 pm 
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I think the issue is precisely that it is a forum for interactive fiction--the words "description," "room," and "things" are particularly common in posts here, so the forum search ignores them.

If the built-in forum search isn't giving you anything useful you can search the site using google: https://www.google.com/search?q=site%3Aintfiction.org+how+to+get+a+description+of+things+in+a+room&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-b-1

(There's been some talk of changing the forum software, which would lead to a different built-in search function, but I don't know how much it would help with this issue.)

Also if there's a specific question you have, you can always post it! It's not a big problem if you ask a question that someone asked before, if it's not easy to find the old thread. (Or even if it is.)


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