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    eGullet got a reaction from sofos in Advanced Tags & Prefixes - IPS 4.x   
    Right now it seems like the advanced tool to mass-add tags is ignoring the setting to turn off searching the first post, if I'm understanding it correctly. What I want is to only do the search on the topic titles, but it seems to be returning results based on the title and the first post, even when I've toggled the "first post" switch to off.
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    eGullet got a reaction from crmarks in Feedback on Social Promotions / Our Picks   
    When you promote images, on FB those images appear to be getting added to albums with random (MD5?) names, which causes awkward Likes there, e.g. a notification that
    It would be nice if we could set our own album names (even if you had to add a timestamp at the end to make them unique, if internally you need that).
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    eGullet got a reaction from Angel Costa in Banned Members... Are They Really Members Just Like Me?   
    "Our Privacy Policy prohibits my discussing other members with you."
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    eGullet got a reaction from Heavy Harmonies in Let's vote for Post Preview feature   
    Honestly, the best thing about the plugin is that is puts the words "preview post" on the screen and does something when it's clicked. As a board administrator, this will save me a ton of grief. Dealing with dozens of complaints about "missing features" takes time I'd rather spend doing something else. It doesn't matter to me that it is theoretically unnecessary. We've spent over a decade training our members to click "preview" before posting, and thanks to @eden buganim's excellent plugin, I don't have to untrain them :). 
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    eGullet got a reaction from sobrenome in removing sphinx hurts...   
    What I really miss is stemming. When we ran a Sphinx server in 3.x we had stemming turned on, which greatly improved search result quality. We experimented with both a standard English morphology as well as Soundex and Metaphone. I'd really have preferred even better Sphinx integration because I would also like to weight results so that a title hit was better than a post content hit, etc. People are used to Google-quality results, and a fulltext search just doesn't give that. 
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    eGullet got a reaction from MADMAN32395 in Banned user group   
    @Jimmy Gavekort -- We use the "Rules" plugin to do this automatically. The Lite version is even free.
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    eGullet got a reaction from Lord Balandar in Trash Forum for deleted topics?   
    Our solution was to remove the delete option entirely and tell mods to move the topics to the trash (for the few things that we didn't want to use "hide" for instead).
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    eGullet reacted to Colonel_mortis in Editing topic titles should be logged   
    At the moment, you don't log edits that are made to topic titles, either in the edit log or the mod log. The edits really should be logged, at least if edit logging is enabled, because otherwise it's possible for someone to evade detection, especially as report titles will update to the new topic title if it's edited.
    I'm guessing that this applies to other content types too.
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    eGullet got a reaction from Ibai in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet reacted to Lindy in Automated Bounce Email Handling   
    We're going to incorporate something like this into the suite at some point. 
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    eGullet got a reaction from Stormlilly in Search still needs to be a focus   
    The reality is that searching is very hard to do well. MySQL fulltext searching is very poor, but Sphinx requires a server and maintenance of code linking to it. Plus, if you want to take advantage of all of the features Sphinx offers you have to actually code them into your interface. Although Invision nominally supported Sphinx in previous versions, they never exposed the real strengths of Sphinx, and only used it as a faster, more efficient alternative to Fulltext, but with the same feature set. This has to do a lot with their clientele, most of whom don't need a particularly powerful search engine because they aren't housing information, they are simply discussing things "in the moment." Some of us, however, see one of our primary purposes as the archival and retrieval of information! So we seek other solutions.
    In 4.1 we've found that using a Google Custom Search Engine gives us the highest quality results (after all, Google seems to know what they are doing when it comes to search!), with the major caveat that the returned results are paginated, and you don't get linked directly to individual posts. We considered this to be an acceptable tradeoff. DawPi developed an excellent plugin for us that integrates the CSE directly into the normal interface, so it is totally non-intrusive to my members.
     
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    eGullet got a reaction from GreenLinks in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet got a reaction from mycota in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet got a reaction from DawPi in Search still needs to be a focus   
    The reality is that searching is very hard to do well. MySQL fulltext searching is very poor, but Sphinx requires a server and maintenance of code linking to it. Plus, if you want to take advantage of all of the features Sphinx offers you have to actually code them into your interface. Although Invision nominally supported Sphinx in previous versions, they never exposed the real strengths of Sphinx, and only used it as a faster, more efficient alternative to Fulltext, but with the same feature set. This has to do a lot with their clientele, most of whom don't need a particularly powerful search engine because they aren't housing information, they are simply discussing things "in the moment." Some of us, however, see one of our primary purposes as the archival and retrieval of information! So we seek other solutions.
    In 4.1 we've found that using a Google Custom Search Engine gives us the highest quality results (after all, Google seems to know what they are doing when it comes to search!), with the major caveat that the returned results are paginated, and you don't get linked directly to individual posts. We considered this to be an acceptable tradeoff. DawPi developed an excellent plugin for us that integrates the CSE directly into the normal interface, so it is totally non-intrusive to my members.
     
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    eGullet got a reaction from Matt in Search still needs to be a focus   
    Rumor has it they had a few other things the were working on during that upgrade
    What would "right" look like? Sphinx, for example, is actually a very large, complex piece of software on its own. We can't really expect Invision to develop something like that. Search is hard! Invision isn't going to be able to just snap their fingers and get it done right: ideally, they need to outsource it, the same way they outsourced the editor. The trouble is, who do you outsource to? Invision believes, probably correctly, that the majority of their user base doesn't need anything more advanced than fulltext. I'd happily pay thousands of dollars for an effective solution, but there's no one to give the money to!
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    eGullet got a reaction from N4H in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet got a reaction from Mike John in Re-add onCompleteAccount Member Sync Extension   
    The author of the Automation Rules app, @Kevin Carwile, came up with a way of handling it by attaching an extra piece of data to each member that tracks whether the group change has occurred or not, so maybe you can do something like that (or just piggyback on AR).
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    eGullet got a reaction from Nimdock in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet got a reaction from Lindy in Search still needs to be a focus   
    Rumor has it they had a few other things the were working on during that upgrade
    What would "right" look like? Sphinx, for example, is actually a very large, complex piece of software on its own. We can't really expect Invision to develop something like that. Search is hard! Invision isn't going to be able to just snap their fingers and get it done right: ideally, they need to outsource it, the same way they outsourced the editor. The trouble is, who do you outsource to? Invision believes, probably correctly, that the majority of their user base doesn't need anything more advanced than fulltext. I'd happily pay thousands of dollars for an effective solution, but there's no one to give the money to!
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    eGullet got a reaction from DawPi in Search still needs to be a focus   
    Rumor has it they had a few other things the were working on during that upgrade
    What would "right" look like? Sphinx, for example, is actually a very large, complex piece of software on its own. We can't really expect Invision to develop something like that. Search is hard! Invision isn't going to be able to just snap their fingers and get it done right: ideally, they need to outsource it, the same way they outsourced the editor. The trouble is, who do you outsource to? Invision believes, probably correctly, that the majority of their user base doesn't need anything more advanced than fulltext. I'd happily pay thousands of dollars for an effective solution, but there's no one to give the money to!
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    eGullet got a reaction from Gabriel Torres in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet got a reaction from Gabriel Torres in (DP42) CSE Google   
    I just checked, and my results come back with the interface in English, no matter what language setting I choose. 
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    eGullet got a reaction from openfire in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    I think you are using a very specific definition of "archive" here, which seems to be synonymous with "not valuable anymore, but not quite worth deleting." To me, "archive" means "still valuable, but not changing anymore."
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    eGullet got a reaction from Gabriel Torres in Search tool doesn't search archived posts... Ridiculous...   
    A workaround may be to use a Google Custom Search engine. DawPi developed a plugin to integrate directly into your board.
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    eGullet got a reaction from chilihead in Suggestion: Trim extra line breaks at end of posts, now that Enter is needed for embeds, causes unnecessary double space ending   
    I wonder if this is something that could be done easily with Automation Rules. Has anyone tried that?
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