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I don't know if anyone else has had this "problem," but the site search doesn't exactly provide the best of help.  When I search the site for something, It'll often return 'ibles, forum discussions and other things as unrelated to my search as possible.  After browsing or going down the search results a way, sometimes I'll find an 'ible with almost my exact search term in the title.  IMO, something that should be at the top of the search results.



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kelseymh

8 years ago

Lots of people have had these problems.  The new search engine uses Google's indexing engine, and basically gives the same results as going to Google and using the "site:instructables.com" modifier in your search.  The new engine does give more "complete" results, but as is typical with Google, that includes a lot of cruft :-(

Google does have advanced search features (like that site: modifier) that can help you narrow the results.  Try adding inurl:id to get only Instructables, or inurl:community to get only forum topics.

You can continue to use I'bles "old" internally maintained search index, by clicking the Graphical Search link next to the text box.  That will give you more "focused" results, but it will also miss things that it should  be able to find (this is a known problem, and why I'bles moved to Google search in the first place).

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killerjackalope

8 years ago

It seems to favour tags over titles, that's probably why, conversely google home prefers 'ibles titles...

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Kiteman

8 years ago

Try the "graphical search" option instead - you can select what gets searched ('ibles, topics etc).