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Hi there, the site is looking much better with my new theme, but searching still seems pretty futile. When I do a search for Long Beach on the LA Board, or even Long Beach Dinner Casual, I get mostly results that have little or nothing to do with Long Beach. Quotes don't help. Some of the threads that are returned don't have a single occurance of the phrase Long Beach. I'm assuming that somewhere in the thread it says "Long" and somewhere else "Beach". Not very helpful. Is there hope for search results with some relevance?

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  1. melly, I whole-heartedly agree. I like the look but I'm searching for recipes for "cinnamon rolls" and I'll be darned if I can get anything that is close. There needs to be some sort of advanced search feature that requires it in the title or 2 words together or something...anything to make the search more relevant.

    1. I may be confused, but before when I searched the results came back with highlights of the words I used ...helping me find the best posts for what I was looking for. Now, I do a search, and I get a list of posts, but no highlighting to help me decide which may be the best for what I am looking for.

      1. Agreed, the new search function is useless. You can't even sort by relevance anymore.

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        1. re: A Manhattan Diner

          Why this was pulled makes no sense. To make things harder on the user? The Revelance/Date filter was a must! Make it so, Chowhound! Please.

        2. I can't find posts I want to return to, that are only a few days old. The search does not prioritize the title of the post, so instead of getting all the posts titled "beet greens", say, you get results for every topic that has the words "beet" and "greens" somewhere in some post.

          1. We are completely (and constantly) re-working search. Expect to see major improvements in the next week or so.

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            1. re: Engineering

              Good To Hear it!

            2. There is a workaround for searching. It involves our good friend Google. Using Cinnamon roles in LA as an example, go to google and type the following:

              "cinnamon rolls" "los angeles area" site:chowhound.com

              "cinnaomon rolls" will make google search for cinnaomon rolls grouped together. "los angeles area" helps to refine the search so that posts in the la message board perculate closer to the top - though with the new board format, this doesn't work as well.

              The site:chowhound.com makes google only search chowhound for results. Hope this helps. I've been using this method ever since the original board.

              Here are a few of the results returned.
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353511
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/353050
              http://www.chowhound.com/topics/81591

              1. I did a search on an exact post title and got everything but what I was looking for.

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                1. re: Candy

                  Engineering has already said they're working on it. Give them some time.