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 40,547 posts
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    Random number generator.
  • Dirtbox 9 Mar 2012 17:01:48 77,712 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 5,996 posts
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    Its a complex algorithm centered around the Tibetan Book of the Dead.
  • nickthegun 9 Mar 2012 17:25:06 59,487 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 13,175 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 15,268 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 37,847 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 77,712 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 12,991 posts
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    This is a trick question, isn't it?
  • Lukus 9 Mar 2012 18:35:42 19,050 posts
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    Infinite Improbability Drive

    Paintings & Photographs

  • Load_2.0 2 Oct 2012 20:20:56 19,149 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 19,149 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 6,757 posts
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    Eurogamer - Not as Good as Porn

    Sounds about right
  • mal 26 Jun 2013 16:10:54 22,456 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 8,011 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 7,008 posts
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    Ever played a game of 52 Pick Up?
  • kalel 26 Jun 2013 16:17:37 87,000 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 22,639 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 5,534 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 33,196 posts
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    Sponsored links first

    everything else at the end
  • w00t 26 Jun 2013 16:27:57 11,079 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 28,764 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 59,487 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 5,834 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 19,149 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 4,169 posts
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    We should just keep bumping threads we think we might need one day.
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