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Posted on Search function could need a update... (I think)

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#1 posted 09-21-2010 09:07 PM

Search on this site is provided by Google. Unfortunately it can’t be modified that much. Fortunately the search results are pretty meaningful which is not always the case with built-in search options.

Search on a site this size is difficult by other means because a search index doubles or triples the size of the database. On a site like this with over 20,000 forum posts, 10,000 projects 20,000 blog posts, 2,000 reviews and 22,000 members …. not to mention a comment count that I would bet is in the ballpark of 1 Million. Google just has better methods of indexing all of this and dealing with the overhead so I can completely understand Martin’s choice of using an external search provider (google).

A while back he did offer a great tip of using google image search within the site
The search would look like this if typed into google image search kerfmaker

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