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    Speechless OTProf's Avatar
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    November 4th, 2006
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    Odd 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?


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    Moderator MichaelColey's Avatar
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    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 "" as one of the search terms) is probably best.

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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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