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hyperbowler Sep 18, 2012 10:44 PM

I was looking to respond to a message related to "Arlequin" cafe, and forgot which thread it was on in the SF board. I typed in the keyword "Arlequin" into the search box and the thread, which I'd read only a few hours ago, didn't show up at all. The thread also didn't appear in the recent history of user "grayelf," whose post from 5 hours ago was to what I was planning to respond to. The thread, however, show up in my recent history. Any idea what's going on?

Here's the thread:

  1. huiray Sep 25, 2012 06:53 PM

    I've basically given up expecting the CH Search engine to be thorough and usually go over to Google to look for stuff on Chowhound using the site-specific query string formulation.


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    1. re: huiray
      huiray Sep 27, 2012 04:07 PM

      I just did another search on CH using a particular search string (5 year period) with search terms within double quotation marks, plus a particular user (me). 11 results. The same search on Google using the site-specific formulation gave 12 results, including the one I was actually looking for but which did not show up in the CH search. (The desired thread is not a locked thread and is only 10 months old. I knew it was there so when CH search did not turn it up I simply went to Google and there it was)

      1. re: huiray
        Dave MP Sep 27, 2012 04:24 PM

        Hi huiray,

        Which thread is the one you couldn't find?

        Thanks! Dave MP

        1. re: Dave MP
          huiray Sep 27, 2012 04:27 PM


          My Google search string was:
          site:chowhound.chow.com "har mee" huiray

          1. re: huiray
            Dave MP Sep 28, 2012 01:34 PM

            Thanks for this example. We'll keep investigating why this isn't working....and it's helpful to have specific cases like this. Thanks again
            Dave MP

            1. re: Dave MP
              huiray Nov 7, 2012 07:58 PM

              Here's another example:

              A search for "ja choy" on Chowhound returns 4 results (all years). On Google I get 5 results, including the thread (http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/857367) I was looking for on CH but which did not turn up in the CH search.

    2. Dave MP Sep 25, 2012 12:14 PM

      Search should be back to normal now. Sorry again for the inconvenience, and please let us know if you're still experiencing any unusual behavior with the Search feature.

      1. Dave MP Sep 21, 2012 10:43 AM

        We've identified the problem, and the fix is in the works right now. We expect things to be back to normal and caught up by Monday morning, but we will keep you posted. Sorry for the inconvenience, and thanks for the patience!

        Dave MP

        1. Dave MP Sep 19, 2012 01:16 PM

          Thanks, all. It looks like we're having problems with searching for recent discussions, and we're looking into it. Hopefully will be fixed soon!

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          1. re: Dave MP
            Robert Lauriston Sep 20, 2012 04:44 PM

            Search is pretty seriously hosed. I've had to switch to Google to find things I know are in there.

            1. re: Robert Lauriston
              Quine Sep 20, 2012 04:52 PM

              I do that as well, fast easy and no stumbles.

          2. Quine Sep 19, 2012 06:36 AM

            Being somewhat of a research nerd, I just tried the search, via Greyelf. It does show that he responded to the thread, but on page 4 of his activity, presumably, dating back to the first post 8/11/12.

            As for the word search, I was also unable to get to that thread. The "newest" thread that contains the word "Arlequin" is one that was last commented upon on 09/04/12,

            So, are searches and activities, on a time delay, ChowHound team?

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