How does the site search sort?

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  • Deleted user 9 March 2012 16:55:50
    Alliteration, mmmm.

    Anyway. How the fuck does the site search sort its results? It's really been puzzingly me, as I keep forgetting how fucking awful it is (sorry, but it really is, even compared to the old forum) and using it instead of Dirtbox's google search. It ain't by relevance, it ain't by date, it ain't by most recently active thread. If I search for 'google', the first result is some three year thread about videogame release calendars, the second is an xbox softmod thread from three months ago, etc etc. A result for the Google Chrome thread appears somewhere around result 10, the first time Google is even mentioned. What the arse is it doing?
  • Khanivor 9 Mar 2012 16:57:10 40,490 posts
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    Random number generator.
  • Dirtbox 9 Mar 2012 17:01:48 77,645 posts
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    There's probably already an identical thread to this , but fucked if anyone is ever going to find it.

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  • Fab4 9 Mar 2012 17:17:36 5,986 posts
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    Its a complex algorithm centered around the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
  • nickthegun 9 Mar 2012 17:25:06 59,338 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    There's probably already an identical thread to this , but fucked if anyone is ever going to find it.
    :D

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    He totally called it

  • Jeepers 9 Mar 2012 17:29:31 13,173 posts
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    It's a Serendipity Engine©®. It shows you stuff you don't know you want.
  • X201 9 Mar 2012 18:16:51 15,228 posts
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    Dirtbox wrote:
    There's probably already an identical thread to this , but fucked if anyone is ever going to find it.
    :lol::lol::lol:
  • MrTomFTW Moderator 9 Mar 2012 18:17:10 37,663 posts
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    It sends search requests to me, and I have to quickly pull up whatever results I can.

    Follow me on Twitter: @MrTom
    Voted by the community "Best mod" 2011, 2012 and 2013.

  • Dirtbox 9 Mar 2012 18:25:53 77,645 posts
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    It's outsourced to an indian call centre. There's a dozen blind children inputting the results manually.

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  • DaM 9 Mar 2012 18:33:23 12,968 posts
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    This is a trick question, isn't it?
  • Lukus 9 Mar 2012 18:35:42 19,037 posts
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    Infinite Improbability Drive

    Paintings & Photographs

  • Load_2.0 2 Oct 2012 20:20:56 19,104 posts
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    Has some one tweaked the search function? It seems to be functioning in a slightly more tolerable fashion.
  • Load_2.0 26 Jun 2013 16:01:25 19,104 posts
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    I was wrong.

    Can we not have a simple option, search 'thread title only' or search 'thread content'.

    Maybe I have been spoiled by porn sites but it would make life a lot easier!
  • Shikasama 26 Jun 2013 16:03:21 6,709 posts
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    Eurogamer - Not as Good as Porn

    Sounds about right
  • mal 26 Jun 2013 16:10:54 22,407 posts
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    Yeah, I was looking for the HDTV thread. It appeared on the second page of results when searching for 'HDTV', after the HD version of every game under the sun, and lots of threads about the forum HD mode o_O.

    Cubby didn't know how to turn off sigs!

  • PazJohnMitch 26 Jun 2013 16:13:46 7,958 posts
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    In one search you get a random selection of cunts getting fucked. In the other you get fucked by a selection of random cunts.
  • elstoof 26 Jun 2013 16:14:43 6,939 posts
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    Ever played a game of 52 Pick Up?
  • kalel 26 Jun 2013 16:17:37 86,783 posts
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    Descending "least useful".
  • graysonavich 26 Jun 2013 16:19:53 7,320 posts
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    Random shit from last week
    Random shit from 9 years ago
    Random shit from 10 years ago
    Random shit from 8 years ago
    Is that the...? No it's not that one
    Random shit from 10 years ago
  • BinaryBob101 26 Jun 2013 16:21:27 22,635 posts
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    The Vizzini Mechanism.

    Sir_Walter_Rally wrote:
    Many films are based on phone charge running out and being trapped somewhere...

  • imamazed 26 Jun 2013 16:22:30 5,530 posts
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    BinaryBob101 wrote:
    The Vizzini Mechanism.
    That's it. Vizzini's controlling the search isn't he?
  • THFourteen 26 Jun 2013 16:24:20 33,095 posts
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    Sponsored links first

    everything else at the end
  • w00t 26 Jun 2013 16:27:57 11,065 posts
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    The search is a big pile of wank, has always been a big pile of wank, and will continue to be a big pile of wank.

    Because fuck you, that's why.

    The day charity died - NEVER FORGET

    (the mic was OK in the end)

  • mrpon 26 Jun 2013 16:32:17 28,709 posts
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    @mal try it in quotes.

    Give yourself £5 or ½ gig, you're worth it.

  • nickthegun 26 Jun 2013 16:40:11 59,338 posts
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    BOOLEAN MOTHERFUCKERS

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    He totally called it

  • TheHammerite 26 Jun 2013 16:49:06 1,511 posts
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    It's always been shit! I think they're trying to discourage people from using it.

    Edited by TheHammerite at 16:50:43 26-06-2013
  • PenguinJim 16 Aug 2013 17:11:23 5,810 posts
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    I'm sure there was an option to sort by date a few years ago...?

    Anyway, I shall continue my search for the HDTV thread ->
  • Load_2.0 16 Aug 2013 17:17:55 19,104 posts
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    So you plan to activate the random thread generator?

    Good luck.

    A search by thread title would be a lifesaver!
  • Fake_Blood 16 Aug 2013 17:27:23 4,145 posts
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    We should just keep bumping threads we think we might need one day.
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