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Aug 1, 2014 03:17 PM

search broken again

I just searched for san mateo chinese on the SF board and got zero results.

There are actually lots of topics:

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  1. Why don't you just Google? I RARELY use CH search.

    5 Replies
    1. re: c oliver

      Because CH search indexes every thread and post. Google does not and can't find things on this site in many cases.

      1. re: Melanie Wong

        I'm not sure you're right about that. I regularly find things with Google that don't turn up in the site search. I don't think it has ever been the other way around.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          The posts that I cannot find with Google include some pre-2006 messages and from smaller regional boards outside SF Bay Area.

      2. re: c oliver

        The site's search is faster when it works. I use Google all the time to work around various limitations in the site's search.

        1. re: Robert Lauriston

          Yeah, both of you are correct. My searches are so simple generally that's it's not an issue. I forget that's not right for everyone.

      3. Thanks, looks like something fell out of sync, as I'm seeing results on your example link inconsistently.

        We're looking into it now and hope to fix quickly.

        1. I'm glad the techies are already looking into this; however, oddly enough, if you reverse your search terms, searching for Chinese San Mateo, you do get results. Bizarre.

          1. Site search engine can't find this Oct 19, 2014 post when I use


            as the search term on the SF Bay Area board.


            9 Replies
            1. re: Melanie Wong

              Yeah, Search is f*cked again. I'm putting in things I know I've posted about and it comes up with zilch.

              1. re: SnackHappy

                Thanks for the reports--we're investigating.

              2. re: Melanie Wong

                Search has been fixed. Let us know if you continue to see any issues.

                1. re: DeborahL

                  How often do you index? I can't find things that were posted on Nov 9, or six days ago. I haven't tested further to try to find the last indexing. In any case, even six days seems awfully long and too long between intervals, particularly with the Thanksgiving rush coming up and needing to stay on top of a flurry of new topics.

                  1. re: Melanie Wong

                    We update our search index multiple times daily, but we're having some technical issues this weekend. Working on it currently. Thanks!

                    1. re: Melanie Wong

                      Today the search engine can't find a post that was made on Nov. 18.

                        1. re: Melanie Wong

                          Hi Melanie. This is fixed now. Let us know if you continue to have problems with search. Thanks.

                  2. I run a forum software website and I use that one, Chowhound, and several others. The search function on every one of them is lousy. On the board I actually run (and use extensively), I know for a fact that a particular person has posted on a particular topic and search can't find the person or the topic. So I just don't bother. I go to google and type "chowhound + topic of interest" and find that is a really good solution.