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November 30th, 2010, 06:58 PM #1Odd Search Result
I was attempting to do a search to find some new networks to look into and put the following into the Advanced Search options -
search query: best network
timeframe: past 6 months
other: found in title (vs. posts)
But - on the search results I received the following message:
The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search: best
Given that I had already reduced the possibilities by specifying title only and previous 6 months I was surprised by this editing by the search system.
Is there a way to 'force' such a search to happen anyway?
December 1st, 2010, 11:05 AM #2
One change we made a long time ago was lowering the minimum word size from 4 characters to 3, so that the many 3 letter industry abbreviations (CPA, EPC, PPC, SEO, etc.) can be searched. Unfortunately, I don't think there's any way to globally bypass the "common words" filter.
In cases where you're searching for a common phrase or something that's hard to find with the normal search, a Google Search (using "site:abestweb.com" as one of the search terms) is probably best.
December 1st, 2010, 11:40 AM #3
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i'm assuming this is related, so just as future reference, MySQL (and pretty much any other SQL engine I'd also assume), has a series of words called 'stop words' that are ignored during full-text searches for streamlining purposes (out of the box, the aforementioned <4 character words being ignored also is because of this).
the full default list, of which best is one, is listed at MySQL :: MySQL 5.1 Reference Manual :: 11.9.4 Full-Text Stopwords
I'm pretty sure the list can be altered on a technical level, but is probably more trouble than it's worth.
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