How can i search effectively?

(Pad Pors) #1

my searches usually don’t result in the topics i’m looking for.

example: i’m looking for a way to personalize group page, so i write:

“personalize group” as the search term & i get this:

then i search this:
“personalize group page” & i get this:

even when i search this:
“personalize group profile” i get this:

and the latest search results in 15 threads, which none of them are what i’m looking for. and strangely there exists these topics:

note that the latest topic has the words “group” & “profile”; but i do not get access to it with the search terms “personalize group profile” just because of the extra word.

won’t this result in lots of duplicates in the topic list, plus the need for moderators scanning the forum all the time?

(Jeff Atwood) #2

This is a problem that is basically impossible to solve. You can take a look at how many people work at Google to see the scale of the problem. In the meantime, just do your best. People have an uncanny ability to ask the exact same questions using totally different words, so … shrug

As long as you have done some basic searching you should be fine.