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Offline WASasquatch

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SMF Search plugin
« on: September 12, 2018, 05:25:30 PM »
I'm thinking of rewriting SMF's search function, as it's about the lamest search feature straight form 1999 that I have ever seen. Was curious what sort of features you'd want?

So far I was thinking of keeping it mostly the same from a visual stand-point, but offering more robust searches. Perhaps Matt and Oshyan will install it here some day.

Planned Features:
  • Alternate Words: For example "4" would also include "four" in the search. 4th would also include "fourth" and vice versa.
  • Thesaurus Additions: Words with prominent alternatives will also include said alternatives: Good - great. Yes - Ok. Etc.
  • Relevant Matches first. Exact matching results displayed first, not as they're found in the Database.


Random Feature Ideas
  • Image Search - Search by images and get corresponding topics where similar or exacting images exist
  • User profile bookmarks - Pin searched results, and topics around the forum to a "Bookmarks" list in your profile for future reference (only visible to you).
« Last Edit: September 12, 2018, 05:29:53 PM by WASasquatch »
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Offline Oshyan

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Re: SMF Search plugin
« Reply #1 on: September 13, 2018, 02:04:53 AM »
Agree, SMF search is terrible.

You might want to take a look at or even work on updating this search plugin:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=887

We used to use it but it hasn't been updated in ages and I'm not sure it works with the latest SMF.

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Re: SMF Search plugin
« Reply #2 on: September 13, 2018, 04:41:53 AM »
Agree, SMF search is terrible.

You might want to take a look at or even work on updating this search plugin:
http://custom.simplemachines.org/mods/index.php?mod=887

We used to use it but it hasn't been updated in ages and I'm not sure it works with the latest SMF.

- Oshyan

This seems to be doing almost everything I think the search engine should be doing, thanks for linking that. I'm having trouble installing SMF 2.0.15 under PHP7 under Windows 10, and I suspect it's something to do with windows. I manually installed PHP, apache, and all that like I usually do, but haven't installed a suite since Win7 as I had access to a few dedicated servers I was managing for a friend so didn't need anything on my home PC.

Might try WAMP again, though it used to be just terrible for building for a real server environment in my experience in the early 2000s. :P

I also see the plugin CMS can generate instructions for 2.0.15 so I can definitely test it's compatibility  and see what's buggy. I see their last updates were for fixes for PHP4 so I am assuming there is deprecated function use. Not always a bad thing but some deprecated functions I think are no longer standard use because of security concerns.
« Last Edit: September 13, 2018, 04:43:50 AM by WASasquatch »
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Re: SMF Search plugin
« Reply #3 on: September 16, 2018, 09:25:06 PM »
Sounds good, let us know if you do update the plugin, we'd love to use it again!

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