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Forum Search - Proposed Change


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BLU42 Media

11 July 2008 at 3:30pm Community Member, 71 Posts

I would like to propose a change to the Forum Search Function. By adding an additional snippet of MySQL code: "IN BOOLEAN MODE". This would certainly enhance the ways we can search through the forum, especially + and - functionality plus allowing a search by phrase in double quotes.

I ran several tests locally, inserting the new code in the SearchResults() function in the ForumHolder.php file:

      return DataObject::get("Post",
         "MATCH (Title, Content) AGAINST ('$SQL_query' IN BOOLEAN MODE) $SQL_authorClause",
         "MATCH (Title, Content) AGAINST ('$SQL_query') DESC",
         (int)$_GET['start'] . ', 10');


I would love to get some feedback, particularly from anyone with a larger data set to work with.


14 July 2008 at 6:24pm Administrator, 685 Posts

Seems like it could be handy, but it would alter the semantics of the search. We'd probably want to make it a config option.


14 July 2008 at 8:34pm Community Member, 712 Posts

By the way, I posted this before, but it make NO sense that the forum search finds "a OR b OR..." instead of "a AND b AND..." when searching for multiple terms.

It's far more common to want to refine your search with multiple words than to widen it.

For a start, it would make this forum a heck of a lot more useful. It's almost impossible to find answers to anything but the most basic problems that have been dealt with before.