Is search working?

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  1. wcutler

    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    How does search work, or is it working?

    I was looking for this thread:
    Is this black oak? No, it's red oak, Quercus rubra

    1 - I searched by clicking Search on the Navigation bar, then under advanced search for wcutler (find posts by user), keyword oak, and it returned nothing.

    2 - I searched in Plants ID by clicking Search this Forum, under advanced search for wcutler (find posts by user), keyword oak, and it returned nothing.

    3 - I searched by clicking Search on the Navigation bar, just a regular search for red oak. It returned nothing. So I tried oak. Also nothing.

    Twice I ended up searching in the Links Database. But I'm not able to repeat that now. I really don't think I entered my search term in the bottom box that searches that, but I can't prove it.
     
  2. Daniel Mosquin

    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Re: Is seach working?

    The search index does not include three letter or fewer words.
     
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    Junglekeeper Esteemed Contributor 10 Years

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    Re: Is seach working?

    In cases like this Google's site search function is sometimes a suitable substitute; it depends on the combination of words used in the query.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Thanks. I had no idea. It serves me right for not searching for Quercus.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Re: Is seach working?

    There can't be an exception list? A botanical garden site should be able to handle a search for oak and ash and elm. And yew, fig, fir, gum and tea, which I names I found in a google search for three-lettered tree names. Well, and oat, haw, and nut.

    Hmm - maybe allow three letters but exclude "and" and "the". Maybe the system just comes this way and you don't get options?
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    Should work now.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    Yes, it's so much easier to find that thread now. Thanks, Daniel.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    We seem to have lost this ability now. I'm not sure exactly what you did to make it work before. I searched on ito-zakura, got all the posts with zakura, which is almost all the cherries, but there seems to be a 10-page limit, as it ended at 2016, no option to see more. I searched on oak, and on elm, got no results.
    I did figure out to search for "ito-zakura" with the quotes, which worked. And "oak tree" works , but I think oak tree returns everything with tree.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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    This also means that a search on yae-beni-shidare returns 'beni-shidare', which is a different tree. "Yae" doesn't occur in that hit.
     
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    Daniel Mosquin Paragon of Plants UBC Botanical Garden Forums Administrator Forums Moderator 10 Years

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    I can't do anything about this until I am permitted in my office again. Who knows when that will be.
     
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    wcutler Esteemed Contributor Forums Moderator VCBF Cherry Scout 10 Years

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