Aargh! Why does this forum make searching such a pain?


  1. Big Swede

    Big Swede Member

    I just tried to search for "gps app" and it wouldn't even try it, apparently 3-letter words are 'too short' to be worthy of a search. As if searching for "Global Positioning System Application" will do any better. :mad:

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  2. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Welcome to the forums, Big Swede!
    I moved this to the Suggestion Box for admin to see and help you out. :)
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  3. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    I've added those for indexing but it may take some time for that to happen. Anything under four characters I have to specify individually what to allow. So, if there are others relevant to us, feel free to suggest.
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  4. breadnatty08

    breadnatty08 pain rustique VIP Member

    Sorry I don't know the specifics, but I've heard from other staff that searching via Google can be more accurate.
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  5. dylane

    dylane Well-Known Member

    To do this just type your search term into Google (or pretty much any other search engine) followed by "site:http://androidforums.com"
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  6. Big Swede

    Big Swede Member

    Thanks everybody, I appreciate your help!
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  7. Big Swede

    Big Swede Member

    Tried "gps app" site search again today, didn't get the "too short" warning, but it said no matches were found. That can't be right. I looked at my search parameters and they seem OK, not sure what is wrong. Maybe I'll try the google search method.
  8. EarlyMon

    EarlyMon The PearlyMon Moderator

    With over 1.3 million and a gajillion posts (yep, that's the official number lol) it'll likely take a bit for the indexing to catch up.

    Thanks for your patience! :)
  9. PyroSporker

    PyroSporker Well-Known Member

    Thanks for this ^ I maybe have read this method in the past but have forgotten it since (I'm not very internet search engine literate). Bookmarked this time. ;)

    If it is not in a Tips and Tricks thread or Guide on this forum somewhere I think it should be added as a tip in the FAQs or something? Maybe over here? (side note: the hide/show tags don't seem to be functioning in this thread - I recall this being a widespread issue sometime ago - or maybe there were photos linked that a host site lost)

    It has been a minor annoyance for a long while that it seems I have to log in just to execute a search, especially when I am on the go. And frustrating that a search cannot have strings that are 3 characters or less. The mobile and tech world is an acronym soup. Most of which are 3 characters or less. The list could really get quite extensive.
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  10. Stucky

    Stucky Well-Known Member

    Can you add "PIN" to the database please. Forgotten mine and the forum won't search on it to help me find a topic to reset it.
  11. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    Yeah can do.
  12. Big Swede

    Big Swede Member

    I tried the google search method, and it worked pretty well, found some decent info.
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  13. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    apk, usb and adb don't get recognised either.
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  14. Shotgun84

    Shotgun84 Well-Known Member

    And Mac
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  15. Stucky

    Stucky Well-Known Member

    And AVG or tab, ta
  16. Phases

    Phases Community Manager Administrator

    Added!
  17. davoid

    davoid Well-Known Member

    And LOL so I can find the lulz :vroam:

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