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Excluding certain terms when searching

Discussion in 'Site Feedback' started by God of Kings, Jun 13, 2017.

  1. God of Kings

    God of Kings Ruler of all heads of state

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    It would be great if the search function allows me to exclude certain items when searching.

    For example, I want to search for Civ memes but not Gandhi. Unfortunately, whenever I search for Civ memes, using every exclusion method, Gandhi shows up.
     
  2. ori

    ori Repair Guy Super Moderator

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    Civ memes -Gandhi (is the same as +Civ +memes -Gandhi) the search appears to only know + (for has to match) - (for exclude) and | (for or).
     
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  3. God of Kings

    God of Kings Ruler of all heads of state

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    Thank you very much. However, if I want to search for Kirby but not Smash Bros. in the "All Other Games" subforum for example, I used +kirby -smash, but discussions about Smash Bros. keep showing up.
     
  4. ori

    ori Repair Guy Super Moderator

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    yeah well documentation of Xenforo functions is below par at its very best :gripe:
    Anyhow: curiously enough +Kirby -Smash doesn't exclude Smash but +Kirby -"Smash" does...
     
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    Petek Alpha Centaurian Administrator Supporter

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    It seems to me that the minus sign in searches isn't working as expected. Whenever I use a minus sign in a search I get results that include the word I want to exclude and results that exclude the word. This happens no matter how I use (or don't use) quote marks. Can anyone use the minus sign in a search that only excludes a given word?
     
  7. ori

    ori Repair Guy Super Moderator

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    Yeah I got fooled by a the search function deciding I was no longer just searching All other games :hammer2:
    Anyhow the - is supposed to work according to some google results, but does not even do so on the xenforo forum itself (which even in 2011 just received a
    shrug and "no one is using that anyways" from xenforo developers (which seems to be a theme with them frankly)).
     

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