Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

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aaronhilton
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Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by aaronhilton » Fri May 04, 2018 5:56 pm

Just out of curiosity, why is it impossible to do any productive searching on these forums? It seems like every word that I search for that is relevant to the issues I am having are resulting in an error that "the words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words." I can search for useless terms all day, but when I look for anything VPN-ish, I'm denied...

These "too common" words include iptables, firewall, address, range, command, conf, and I'm sure many others....

Why in the world would the forums be configured to disallow searches for the exact things that the forums are designed to help people troubleshoot?

Can someone fix this to make things useful?

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Re: Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by TinCanTech » Fri May 04, 2018 6:26 pm

The search function on this Forum has never worked for me ..

I use google or duckduckgo with the "site:forums.openvpn.net" identifier.

EG .. Stick this into google:

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site:forums.openvpn.net redirect gateway windows block-outside

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Re: Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by TiTex » Sun May 20, 2018 10:28 am

that's probably because fulltext search is not enabled or it's broken

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Re: Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by TinCanTech » Sun May 20, 2018 12:01 pm

As I understand it, this Forum runs on a VM. The search function is disabled because when it was enabled the Forum was too unresponsive.

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Re: Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by ecrist » Thu May 24, 2018 1:18 pm

aaronhilton wrote:
Fri May 04, 2018 5:56 pm
Just out of curiosity, why is it impossible to do any productive searching on these forums? It seems like every word that I search for that is relevant to the issues I am having are resulting in an error that "the words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words." I can search for useless terms all day, but when I look for anything VPN-ish, I'm denied...

These "too common" words include iptables, firewall, address, range, command, conf, and I'm sure many others....

Why in the world would the forums be configured to disallow searches for the exact things that the forums are designed to help people troubleshoot?

Can someone fix this to make things useful?

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I've updated the forum search index and our common word settings so that the functionality works now. Please test and make sure it's working as you would expect it to and provide any feedback.

Thanks!
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Re: Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by TinCanTech » Thu May 24, 2018 1:32 pm

I will continue to use google, it is much faster and more flexible.

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Re: Is every relevant search term blacklisted as "too common"

Post by aaronhilton » Thu Jun 14, 2018 6:55 pm

ecrist wrote:
Thu May 24, 2018 1:18 pm

I've updated the forum search index and our common word settings so that the functionality works now. Please test and make sure it's working as you would expect it to and provide any feedback.

Thanks!
So far it looks much better. Thanks for making the change!!!

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