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    I saw a post yesterday or the day before with 'NRA' in the title, but I didn't get back to it so I used the search function to try to find it.

    I typed in 'NRA' and it came back with 'sorry, no matches' even tho I just posted a thread that had NRA in the body.

    Am I missing something?
     
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    I've also noticed that when I search for posts with my user name in them so I can easily find replies to some of my posts, it shows nothing since 7/28 but there are several more posts that should have shown up.
     
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    Nope. The search function of vBulletin sucks. That's why I find it amusing when someone says "prove I said that 6 months ago!" Good luck! There is no way you can find a post from so long ago.
     
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    maybe too short a search string?
     
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    That's pretty much it right there. Common with most forums, the search feature isn't what the designers focus on so it lacks a lot. If you posted in it you can check your own list of posts or you "subscriptions" section in your control panel, it should show up in those lists unless you turned off the subscriptions. If you didn't then try to remember the whole title and use that in the search, it should yield better results.
     
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    oh yeah? i still say it is the search string. only three characters and you will get nothing. aren't you supposed to know this shit?
     
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    Yes, and many words are only three letters long, not all search engines are designed as poorly as AOL was or Bing is.
     
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    Missourian, just noticed, I have never used this search before, but the software uses a Google search, so if you have a script blocker you have to allow the Google sites for it to work.
     
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    wouldn't it be a good PSA to tell posters not to search for short strings, giggle, instead of baffling them with bullshit as is your specialty.

    like as a moderator telling the OP: you can't search for NRA because it is too short a search string, look for something else, 4 characters is working.
     
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    I did a search for "NRA" and it pulled up all the posts, so why don't you stop trying to sound like you know it all ... mmkay? The reason people trust my advice on tech stuff here is because if I don't know I will make a guess then look for a better answer, but I never say I know everything, only that I know how to find it. This has been true from before I was a moderator, and no, most moderators do not know how things work.
     

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