Search is not acting like I expect RRS feed

  • Question

  • I was in the SQL setup subforum under SQL Server, and I was searching for specific threads regarding user rights requirements when installing the product.

    If I typed a single word in the search box and hit enter, the search would happen and results would display quickly.  But, if I added another word to the search box and hit enter or clicked the magnifying glass, the spinning search icon would come up and never stop, never displaying any threads.  If I deleted all the words in the box and hit enter, then I could easily return to the forum list, but adding terms to a current search session seems to get things stuck.

    Also, what other types of controls are there that can be used in the search box?  If I search for 'debug', but lots of threads come up with 'debugging', I'd like to be able to keep those out using a search like this: 'debug -debugging'.  This kind of ability is common on major search engines.  Is it available here, and if it exists, where can I find a list of search modifiers that are acceptable to use on these forums?

    Thank you in advance

    Saturday, December 12, 2015 5:03 PM


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  • I know of no such search capabilities in the forums.

    All of the forums have had major problems the last few days. Most seem to have been resolved, but it still appears that some threads posted during the problem do now show in any forum view. This thread is among them. Some of us are trying to locate these "lost threads". I am replying now in an attempt to make this post visible.

    Richard Mueller - MVP Directory Services

    Monday, December 14, 2015 3:05 PM
  • When you put two or more words in search box I believe you'll end up with an OR type search. You can quote two or more words for exact-text type searches. The search within forums is rather limited. Also note when you do use it the sort may change to something unexpected. You may get better results by using bing or google similar to;

    "looking for something" site:


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    Monday, December 14, 2015 3:26 PM
  • I second Dave's advice, I normally can find what I want in Google especially if I know what I'm looking for (say, know the person's name who participated in the threads). Search in forums is not good.

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    Monday, December 14, 2015 4:12 PM