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Old 10-30-2015, 01:53 PM   #1
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Trouble With Search Terms

I'm sure it's something I'm doing incorrectly but...

I can't get the search feature to perform a search on an exact phrase or combination of words. For example searching for "Blue Ox" returns results where the word "Blue" was found. Did not like "Ox" because ... "The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: ox"

If that's not the error message then the search finds results based more on the "or" function rather than the "and" function.

In other words, I'd like to be able to launch a search based on the term "roadmaster tow bars", for example, and have it return results that included all three words in that exact order.

The Google search is a kind of workaround but it takes you off the iRV2 page to execute the search.

Ideas?
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The Google search at the top of the page is the preferred search engine.

Be sure iRV2.com is checked.

The first couple of results are usually not on iRV2, but all the following results are iRV2.
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The Google search at the top of the page is the preferred search engine.

Be sure iRV2.com is checked.

The first couple of results are usually not on iRV2, but all the following results are iRV2.
Thanks for the suggestion. As mentioned in the original post, that does work but it takes one off the iRV2 page.

I was trying to get the native search function to behave as desired. The "+word1 +word2 +word3" format works a little better than just entering the words without the + sign. But it does not limit hits to posts/threads with just the desired words in the exact order entered. A hit might have one, two, or three of the words and then not in order.
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I just typed in "Blue Ox" (with the quotation marks) and got page after page of posts about Blue Ox tow bars and such. Are you sure you included the quotation marks?
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I just typed in "Blue Ox" (with the quotation marks) and got page after page of posts about Blue Ox tow bars and such. Are you sure you included the quotation marks?
Apparently my question is not explained well. Yes, if one types "Blue Ox" in the Google search bar one gets a bunch of hits.

I was trying to get iRV2's native search function to behave in a similar manner. Type "Blue Ox" into the iRV2 search function and you get zero hits. Type in "Blue Bird" however and you get 133 hits having little to do with Blue Birds. In both cases the searches were not very helpful.

I'm walking away from this and returning to the Google search bar when searching for subject matter. The native iRV2 search function is still useful when searching for a given member's posts.
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You're correct. "Blue Ox" brings up 0 records - very strange. However, I just went to Advanced Search and clicked on the Motorhome Towing forum then entered "Blue Ox Tow Bar" and got a big list.
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These symptoms are very odd...I just ran a search for "Blue Ox" using the internal search and got 5990 results.

I have found the internal search stops at posts about 180 days old...but as said above, the Google search block gives everything - ever.

Maybe try clearing the Browser Cache?

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Unfortunately, the forum's search software leaves a lot to be desired, but we don't have the option of changing it.
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