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To me, searching is still one of the most frustrating things about the Monastery. While unbeatably simple, the available methods are woefully underpowered. There are two ways to search: by title (Search box) or full-text (Super Search). A month ago this was passable as there wasn't nearly as much content, but as the site grows, searches that aren't extremely specific are virtually useless. A remedy I propose is the addition of some search options to Super Search. A few suggestions for options:
  • Ordering of results by specific field, e.g. date, node reputation, search hits per page, poster experience
  • Areas of the site to search
  • Whether to search replies
  • Search type, e.g. exact phrase, all words, any words

I haven't gone through the Everything code but from an SQL standpoint I don't think the first three would be all that hard to implement. This would greatly help Monks with longer memories who would like to include a link to a previous discussion when answering a duplicated question.


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