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#1 webmonkey



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Posted 25 August 2011 - 02:40 AM

Type the most basic phrases in and you don't find what you're looking for, eg. "remove share button from feature" or "remove share button from slider" and see what you get. The share button doesn't work on the feature slider in PlatformPro/Base, the popup is hidden within the confines of the slider. I suppose the obvious solution is that you hide the button via the CSS "display:none" but that's inelegant. The point is that the button doesn't work in its default state. So why is it even there? So it is useless and needs to go but it's not documented, so you're reliant on the search engine. Which is really problematic.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 03:13 AM

Can you post a screenshot? BTW the search is a default SQL not google, it does not do phrase searching. Search for +slider +feature to only get posts with the word feature and slider.

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 04:05 AM

Same comment from me... i agree that the search engine in the forum is useless... I have given up searching, and each time i ask a new question instead. For instance i was looking for stuffs regarding "read more button", and none of the results are related to this. It seems that it only takes the LATEST results, not the older (more relevant ?) ones. Why not putting an "advanced search" feature ? Like to look into the title only for instance ?

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 05:09 AM

site:http://www.pagelines.com/forum/ keyword keyword, into google does a pretty good job

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Posted 25 August 2011 - 06:29 AM

Yes Bev's correct. You can even use pagelines+keywords in google and it will actually do a much better search than the forum's own engine. As I understand it, they are working on resolving some issues with the new forum software.

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Posted 01 September 2011 - 10:52 PM

Agreed with bevj, use Google for your search and you will yield better results.

#7 create180design


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Posted 12 September 2011 - 01:23 PM

I completely agree! The old search feature you had worked brilliantly. I was able to find 90% of my questions within 5 minutes. With this search feature I NEVER EVER get results even remotely close to what I'm searching for, which basically forces me to post a question and that just gives you guys so much more work to do that's already been done. I have found Google searches to be more productive than this search function and really wish you all would change it back.

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Posted 12 September 2011 - 02:30 PM

Just as an example ... prior to posting a question about my pagination not appearing on my single post pages, I searched for "pagination." The first result was for this page: http://www.pagelines...#Comment_71635. The title of this thread is "How can I add Facebook Like button to posts?" The word "pagination" only appears within a large block of code pasted into one of the replies. Nothing else in the thread has anything to do with pagination. You really ought to edit Kyle's sticky post about searching before asking a new question to the Forum. Sure, most questions have been asked before, but the point is moot if you can't provide your paying customers a reasonable means to search and find the answers.

#9 webmonkey



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Posted 12 September 2011 - 08:15 PM

Please post a google search box somewhere on your forums...