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Rood Eye

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 12:39am [Edited]
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Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 5th March 2019, 12:31 AM


I've just checked and you don't need to click on the search button. Just type in a search term, wait a few seconds for suggestions to appear and then click on them to show the results.

That's always worked for me - as long as I'm searching for the title of an official BCG information page.

However, if I'm searching for a word or phrase that I think might be included either in a thread heading or in an individual post, nothing of that nature ever appears in the drop-down menu.

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Definitely Tarby

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 12:50am
  • South South West, England
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 5th March 2019, 12:39 AM

Yes, that's always worked for me - as long as I'm searching for the title of an official BCG information page.

However, if I'm searching for a word or phrase that I think might be included either in a thread heading or in an individual post, nothing of that nature ever appears in the drop-down menu.

I don't think the search functionality is that powerful to be able to pull up results like that. It would take a lot of database related shenanigans which is expensive to maintain.

You can use the google search bar and include comedy.co.uk. It should list thread results with the keywords you specified.

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Rood Eye

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 1:04am [Edited]
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I think I've solved the problem!

Every day, I click "overview" and "active threads" many times but only in the last few seconds have I ever noticed that on the same row as those two clickable words, there is a clickable word "search".

If I click "search", it takes me to the search engine I need. :D

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Definitely Tarby

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 1:10am
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Hurrah! I also just noticed I was very wrong about saying the database wasn't powerful enough because I hadn't noticed the drop down list for "Threads" "Posts" and "Threads and Posts", Doh!

Changing that to posts returns more results than can be displayed and it even says "sorry, too many results please refine your search" although I can't see a way to refine the search.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 6:42am
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 5th March 2019, 1:04 AM

I think I've solved the problem!
Every day, I click "overview" and "active threads" many times but only in the last few seconds have I ever noticed that on the same row as those two clickable words, there is a clickable word "search".
If I click "search", it takes me to the search engine I need. :D

Quote: Definitely Tarby @ 5th March 2019, 1:10 AM

Hurrah! I also just noticed I was very wrong about saying the database wasn't powerful enough because I hadn't noticed the drop down list for "Threads" "Posts" and "Threads and Posts", Doh!
Changing that to posts returns more results than can be displayed and it even says "sorry, too many results please refine your search" although I can't see a way to refine the search.

Saints preserve us............................Yes, it's all there my children if you care to look. Unimpressed

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Aaron

  • Tuesday 5th March 2019, 4:22pm [Edited]
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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Quote: Hercules Grytpype Thynne @ 3rd March 2019, 10:07 AM

Yes it has been a pain and hopefully you have resolved it Aaron, and while we're on the subject - a minor inconvenience is the emoticons do not go where you want them to.............Grrrr.

Put your cursor where you want it to be and it either goes above or below the whole post and then you have to cut and paste it where you actually want it. Say, end or start or mid post.

Or is that just me. :(

That's a known quirk, and something we're hoping to be able to improve upon in future. Thanks for flagging it as something that is an active bother though.

If anyone wants to back and help us develop the site, please consider donation: https://www.comedy.co.uk/donate/

Quote: Rood Eye @ 4th March 2019, 11:27 PM

I've just typed in "Chappers" (without quotes) and clicked the magnifying glass - nothing happens.

I've just typed in "Tony Hancock" (without quotes). Numerous names appeared in a drop-down list while I was typing it in and when "Tony Hancock" appeared in the list, I clicked it and was taken to the official BCG information page.

If I type "Tony Hancock" (without quotes) in the box and click the magnifying glass - nothing happens.

It still seems impossible to locate thread titles or thread content.

Aha! I see what's happened. You're using the global site-search, rather than the forum-specific search. https://www.comedy.co.uk/forums/search/

We hope we'll be able to unify these better in future and provide a much more intuitive, Google-like search experience, but it'd require an expensive software licence that we simply cannot afford at present. Again, any donations would help reach such goals...

As for the magnifying glass, that is intended to be an illustrative icon rather than a button and so isn't clickable. I'm aware it's not hugely clear and will be altering it a little later this year, when we'll be making some changes to the site header.

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Rood Eye

  • Friday 8th March 2019, 1:58pm [Edited]
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The "Active Threads" button does not bring up all the active threads.

Threads from certain sections of the site never appear when that button is clicked.

The "Opportunities" section, for example.

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Aaron

  • Friday 8th March 2019, 2:35pm
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Quote: Rood Eye @ 8th March 2019, 1:58 PM

The "Active Threads" button does not bring up all the active threads.

Threads from certain sections of the site never appear when that button is clicked.

The "Opportunities" section, for example.

So as not to bother regular visitors, the writer/performer forums only display if one has the applicable box selected in one's account, currently labelled Make It. https://www.comedy.co.uk/account/edit/