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    MOA forums need a better search tool

    MOA forum search works poorly, generally finding boatloads of stuff only mildly related to what I am looking for. I have to wade through a lot of not useful topics to find anything specifically of use on a particular subject. Takes a lot of time.

    Google advanced search works much better. Just specify the site or domain as https://forums.bmwmoa.org/ and then enter your search terms. For example, try searching for "sirius" on both search engines. Google results are much more useful and to the point.

    Just a suggestion but the Google tab on the MOA search bar would be more useful if it was pointed at the MOA site and not the internet. I can get the latter functionality just typing in my browsers address bar.
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    I noticed you added to the "tag cloud" in your post. A quick look shows a number of threads when you enter "Sirius".
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    Use google:

    Term1 Term 2 site:forums.bmwmoa.org

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    Kurt covered this all pretty well in a sticky some time ago.
    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...-the-MOA-Forum

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikegalbicka View Post
    Kurt covered this all pretty well in a sticky some time ago.
    https://forums.bmwmoa.org/showthread...-the-MOA-Forum
    I did not know that. Perhaps because I used the MOA search on this subject. I didn't find anything...

    I searched for "Google search MOA forums" using the MOA search first and the Google search second. Only the latter finds it.
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    Google Custom Search engine

    I did a little more research and found you can create your own Google custom search engine for whatever domain or particulars you want. Here is one that searches the MOA forums and you don't have to enter that information every time you run it:

    https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl...77:5gpupofxp4k

    And here is one that searches the Marketplace:

    https://cse.google.com/cse/publicurl?cx=003589320968225325477hm1v10qo-m

    OK, you have to put up with some ad's at the top but that's how Google makes its money. Still better than the forum search.

    Here is the tool that can be used to create a CSE. It's easy. https://cse.google.com/cse/manage/create

    You probably need to be logged in to a Google account to make and keep these though.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ajaxthegreater View Post
    I searched for "Google search MOA forums" using the MOA search first and the Google search second. Only the latter finds it.
    It's a fairly well known issue among vBulletin users, certainly as we've seen on our forum, that the MOA search tool doesn't work very well. You can't use quotes, you can't use any of the other modifiers like you can on google. It also depends on how the vBulletin software indexes the information. Searching wasn't one of the key priorities (my thoughts) when vBulletin was building their website software. But google's main purpose is for searching, so one can expect better results. The MOA search tool can theoretically limit searches to specific forum areas...google can't do that, so when you do a google search, you'll have to weed through the results yourself to find what you want.

    All of that prompted me to try and summarize the various ways that something can be found. The tag cloud approach could be quite useful...it takes input from members and but it requires someone to tag something with key words that makes sense to all other users. Of course that's not going to work well, but if the tags are kept succinct and focused, it could work pretty well.
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