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Old 10-02-2005, 12:59 PM   #1
panthervds
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Why is your search so poor?


Finding anything on this site is next to impossible for me. If I type in Suse or Gnome: It seems everything, but that, is found. The only way I've been able to find answers at LQ is by typing it in on Google. Perhaps I'm doing something wrong but can't imagine what. Is there anyway to refine the search process?
 
Old 10-02-2005, 01:01 PM   #2
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why should you get anythign useful from a search for "gnome" anyway?? you need to be specific
 
Old 10-02-2005, 01:08 PM   #3
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I always do Google searches like this

Code:
site:linuxquestions.org automount fat32 fedora
Here's the search in LinuxQuestions: http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...der=descending

Here's the search in Google:
http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q...=Google+Search

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Old 10-02-2005, 01:11 PM   #4
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we do have a built in google search too, but the unlicensed capacity is not enough to allow us to let everyone use it, so only contributing members can access it.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 01:17 PM   #5
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I don't see what the big deal is. I just use Google to search Linux Questions, and it works for me. If people don't like the site's search, they shouldn't use it.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 01:33 PM   #6
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We do have a much improved search coming, which has been mentioned quite a few times. As Chris pointed out though, searching almost 2,000,000 posts for the word "Gnome" is never going to produce fantastic results.

--jeremy
 
Old 10-02-2005, 01:34 PM   #7
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I thought I might get some helpful answers to what "I'm" doing wrong.
Guess I was wrong. Typing Suse or Gnome was merely an example.

This is what I typed and below are the answers I got:
How do I load gnome in Suse 9.3?

ans. Hibernation with SuSE 9.0, Kernel 2.6.3 and Bootsplash
ans. Installing SuSE 9.0 to dual boot on an IBM ThinkPad T41 with XP
ans. Guide to NdisWrapper for MN-720 MN-730 Microsoft Wireless Cards in SusE 9.x
ans. Edit the Global KDE Menu Items from a console for SUSE Linux
ans. How to Dual boot with XP/2000/NT and install linux/windows whenever You want
ans. How i manage to dual boot with Windows 2k/XP/NT and have no boot loading problems.
ans. Internet access and SuSe 9.1
ans. Gnome 2.10 Menu editing

Sorry if I offended anyone.
This was my first, and probably my last, post.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 01:52 PM   #8
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Thumbs down

Quote:
Originally posted by panthervds
I thought I might get some helpful answers to what "I'm" doing wrong.
Guess I was wrong. Typing Suse or Gnome was merely an example.

This is what I typed and below are the answers I got:
How do I load gnome in Suse 9.3?

ans. Hibernation with SuSE 9.0, Kernel 2.6.3 and Bootsplash
ans. Installing SuSE 9.0 to dual boot on an IBM ThinkPad T41 with XP
ans. Guide to NdisWrapper for MN-720 MN-730 Microsoft Wireless Cards in SusE 9.x
ans. Edit the Global KDE Menu Items from a console for SUSE Linux
ans. How to Dual boot with XP/2000/NT and install linux/windows whenever You want
ans. How i manage to dual boot with Windows 2k/XP/NT and have no boot loading problems.
ans. Internet access and SuSe 9.1
ans. Gnome 2.10 Menu editing

Sorry if I offended anyone.
This was my first, and probably my last, post.
Kinda of a relief that this is your last post here. A member who bitches, without one single constructive word, in a _free_ forum because you can't use the right key words or even use good ol' google is the last thing we needed. Still:

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ht=Using+Gnome

http://www.linuxquestions.org/questi...ht=Using+Gnome

And I can't see why you could not start a new thread either. Maybe your "problem" with Gnome is not as common as you thought it was. Or maybe... you not even have gnome installed (judging by your searching skills, I bet you don't have gnome installed).

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Old 10-02-2005, 01:54 PM   #9
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Also when searching, you can narrow the search and results to our specific Suse forum which might return more relevant results from your search terms given.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 04:26 PM   #10
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hey guys, I understand that we all leap to protect the site, but in all honesty the site search does take some getting used to. It isn't like google.

we should be encouraging new users, not beating them up.
also, I guessing the first thing somebody would have said if he/she had posted a new thread would have been "hello! use the search!" we are always encouraging people to search- we shouldn't condemn them if they do.

I don't mean this to be a personal attack aimed at anyone- just felt that this needed to be said. This guy is probably so discouraged he will revert back to windows. and isn't that something we are fighting against?

titanium_geek
 
Old 10-02-2005, 05:04 PM   #11
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I understand how you feel titanium_geek, but I don't agree with you in this specific case. There's always two ways of asking the same question and I think the OP took the wrong approach. Also, a few alternative methods to search this forum or google were presented and totally ignored by the OP:

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I thought I might get some helpful answers to what "I'm" doing wrong. Guess I was wrong
For me, a guy who creates an account, makes two posts complaining about a site feature, ignores replies and says that this is his/her last post, for me has the profile of an Internet Troll.

Oh, and I'm not fighting against one OS or another either

Last edited by Mega Man X; 10-02-2005 at 05:06 PM.
 
Old 10-02-2005, 05:50 PM   #12
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grin megaman- I understand. However, I still believe that we must be encouraging to newbies, even if they do seem stupid. I don't remember if you contributed to a thread with a BAD title started by an "older member" man, the lashing! I believe deserved though- cause an "older member" should know better.

that said, I can see what you said about hostility and ignoring.

titanium_geek
 
Old 10-02-2005, 08:50 PM   #13
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Searching just for "gnome":

google.com - 23,100,000 relevant hits
LQ - 442 relevant hits with default search, going back a year and bringing results back as threads

Conclusion - Both will give you irrelevant hits you have to dig thru if you have a *specific* question about or in regards to gnome. Don't just use generic terms if you have specific questions, use better search terms.
 
Old 10-04-2005, 06:05 PM   #14
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FWIW, I hope my post didn't serve to "defend" the site. I acknowledged our search was not as good as I think it needs to be and identified that we are expending considerable resources to remedy that deficiency.

--jeremy
 
Old 10-05-2005, 11:53 AM   #15
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Stupid Internet Troll here.

Sorry I had to be gone so long.
I'd like to thank those that tried to answer and help me understand
what I was doing wrong; to a very poorly thought out question.

I believe I've got it now and I won't be going back to Windows.
(A little tar and feathers isn't that bad.)

I will post again some day but hopefully with a little more tact.

Thanks again.
 
  


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