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Am I going mad, or am I just thick?

I cannot for the life of me see any 'Search' facility on the header/bar...anywhere...

Can some kind soul take pity on me and put me out of my misery.....

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Canyon48 [933 posts] 3 weeks ago
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I don't believe there is one, annoyingly.

Best workaround is using google and searching via site "site:road.cc [ search query text etc etc]"

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fukawitribe [2385 posts] 3 weeks ago
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There used to be one on the right-hand side of the blue banner - but it appears to have gorn now. It's not really much of a loss as that one (from the last site rewrite) was basically useless - Canyon48s suggestion is probably the closest way of getting anything slightly sane.

 

The road.cc search gave some matches in an apparently random order, missed many, and there was no way to filter, sort or otherwise do anything with the results. Multi-word queries were the search equivalent of a random number generation. I've honestly never come across a worse search facility, even back in the usenet / gopher days.

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The _Kaner [1165 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Thanks @Canyon48 and @fukawitribe...

I was sure there used to be a 'looking glass' search facility...shows how much I didn't notice it was gone...

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Tony Farrelly [2948 posts] 3 weeks ago
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The _Kaner wrote:

Thanks @Canyon48 and @fukawitribe...

I was sure there used to be a 'looking glass' search facility...shows how much I didn't notice it was gone...

You're totally right there was a 'looking glass' search facility - we had to turn it off yesterday while we fiddled with the back end… it was supposed to be going back on again yesterday evening. 

Disagree on how good it was/is - I use it a fair bit, and I've always been pleasantly surprised at how good it is. The old, old one was rubbish mind.

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fukawitribe [2385 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Tony - I know you guys must have a lot happening on the site at the moment, but would there be any chance of some resource to spare for the search facility while that's going on ? (...or any other time) 

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Tony Farrelly [2948 posts] 3 weeks ago
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fukawitribe wrote:

Tony - I know you guys must have a lot happening on the site at the moment, but would there be any chance of some resource to spare for the search facility while that's going on ? (...or any other time) 

Yeah, if it is that shit we should look at it - it is on the list, but then as you can imagine it's quite a long list, once we've got the new version of the mobile site working the way we - and you - would want it we've got a long list of dev tasks to work through to make road.cc work better and off.road too. Genuinely my experience of in-site search is pretty good, but equally I may have the advantage of searching for some very specific things using very specific terms.

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hawkinspeter [1867 posts] 3 weeks ago
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As a workaround, you can use a seach like "site:road.cc bamboo" (to search road.cc for "bamboo") in most/all search engines. I just tested it in DuckDuckGo, Bing and Google.

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bike.owner [133 posts] 3 weeks ago
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hawkinspeter wrote:

As a workaround, you can use a seach like "site:road.cc bamboo" (to search road.cc for "bamboo") in most/all search engines. I just tested it in DuckDuckGo, Bing and Google.

Been doing that for a while now. The search facility was shite to start with. Tried searching the forums for hits and all it returned was articles or reviews. To be honest, it really was bad and no search function was better than what was on hand. It's a bit odd, as every popular site (not just cycling related) has a search function that far surpassed what I saw on this site before it vanished.

Maybe moving the forums and comments over to vBulletin would be a simple solution. That software works just fine for far, far bigger sites than this (and it's low CPU overhead on the server, too.)

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Canyon48 [933 posts] 3 weeks ago
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Tony Farrelly wrote:
The _Kaner wrote:

Thanks @Canyon48 and @fukawitribe...

I was sure there used to be a 'looking glass' search facility...shows how much I didn't notice it was gone...

we had to turn it off yesterday while we fiddled with the back end…

I didn't think that's what this site was for  3