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Forum topic by Ripthorn posted 04-12-2016 01:05 AM 811 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ripthorn

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04-12-2016 01:05 AM

I love LJ, but the one thing that always drove me nuts was the lousy search function. It was not very good at all, but at least you could filter by project, blog, forum post, etc. It seems that some time ago, even that functionality was removed. It makes the search function all but useless. There is a specific project I am looking for that I did not favorite, and I can’t for the life of me find it because all the search results that return highest are regular forum posts. Has there been any investigation into whether the search could be improved? Something like an advanced search where you can narrow down where to search or by poster would be awesome. There is so much information here, but when you can’t find any of it, it hampers the usefulness of the site and we end up with a thousand threads asking about diamond vs. wet stones or some other thing that has been analyzed and discussed in depth.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science


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JADobson

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#1 posted 04-12-2016 01:10 AM

Hear, hear!

-- James

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#2 posted 04-12-2016 01:32 AM

I haven’t used the sites search function in quite a while. I didn’t know that they had changed it. As I recall the search function could use some improving. Not to change subjects, but along this same thought, I have in the past ask for an addition feature regarding ones favorites folder. We need to be able to sub divide it. I have favored so many different things that sometimes it’s hard to find a particular project.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#3 posted 04-12-2016 02:54 AM

Search Function….
It doesn’t work at all.
All I get is a screen that says “loading”.... never any results!!!
It’s been that way for over a year….

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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builtinbkyn

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#4 posted 04-12-2016 03:01 AM

Use Google to search LJs. This is the search string you type into the Google search bar -

site: www.lumberjocks.com (search term)

  • No parenthesis around the search term.

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#5 posted 04-12-2016 04:04 AM

Can only agree fellow LJs!
It took me weeks just to find the 10 names needed for my blog then I was not able to verify the accuracy.

I did however find out quite a lot of quirks within the site which I once I knew about made my work easier in the end.
Some so odd I had to write them down so I could refelect back later and in some cases I am glad I did as I accumulated some 25 sheets of notes just to find the names.

Agree with builtinbkyn its a sad fact but true.

Keeping in mind I am a mere woodworker and not some database Guru like Joe Lyddon.

-- Regards Robert

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#6 posted 04-12-2016 04:29 AM


Use Google to search LJs. This is the search string you type into the Google search bar - site: www.lumberjocks.com (search term)

  • No parenthesis around the search term.

- builtinbkyn

Even easier – just add ”+lumberjocks.com” at the end of your search term…
Want to search just projects? Add +projects
Want to just search blogs? Add +blogs

For example, to find all the projects for a desk, ”desk +projects +lumberjocks.com” will do it for you (leave off the quotes).

Cheers,
Brad

-- Brad in FL - To be old and wise, you must first be young and stupid

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 04-12-2016 04:30 AM

Yep, the Search has SUCKED for years…

Favorites is a disaster… You Favorite items over the years…
Now, try to use them! Try to FIND a certain Favorite! You are SHOOL…

Bottom line, tagging something as a Favorite is really a waste of time. IMHO…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#8 posted 04-12-2016 05:54 AM

I cant wait to post a link to this thread the next time someone gets salty with the next ” which table saw to buy” person.

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#9 posted 04-12-2016 09:16 AM

Agreed. Its been said before. But try searching for the past post.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.net

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#10 posted 04-12-2016 10:54 AM

Thanks Brad…works much faster than the LJ search

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#11 posted 04-12-2016 10:54 AM

I think part of your problem with not finding exactly what you’re looking for is that whoever posted their project, they didn’t “tag” a certain word in their description. With that said, if the word/s you typed in your search were’nt “tagged” in their description, that particular search will not yield what you’re looking for. Hope this might help. This is just my opinion. I’m no computer wiz.. lol

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builtinbkyn

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#12 posted 04-12-2016 01:13 PM


Use Google to search LJs. This is the search string you type into the Google search bar -

site: www.lumberjocks.com (search term)

  • No parenthesis around the search term.

- builtinbkyn

Even easier – just add ”+lumberjocks.com” at the end of your search term…
Want to search just projects? Add +projects
Want to just search blogs? Add +blogs

For example, to find all the projects for a desk, ”desk +projects +lumberjocks.com” will do it for you (leave off the quotes).

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix


So that string just confines the results to LJs? Have to give it a try.


I think part of your problem with not finding exactly what you re looking for is that whoever posted their project, they didn t “tag” a certain word in their description. With that said, if the word/s you typed in your search were nt “tagged” in their description, that particular search will not yield what you re looking for. Hope this might help. This is just my opinion. I m no computer wiz.. lol

- Roger

You’re probably correct. I have forgotten to add tags at times and have gone back to enter them. At least the OP is editable post-facto :)

-- Bill, Yo!......in Brooklyn :)

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#13 posted 04-12-2016 03:27 PM

So what was it you were looking for in the first place Brian? Maybe someone reading this will know the project/post/review you were looking for…

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#14 posted 04-12-2016 03:54 PM

I’ve had the same trouble, the fact that ads come up first and put the content second, very frustrating when google works better for searching Lumberjocks than Lumberjocks for searching Lumberjocks!

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Ripthorn

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#15 posted 04-13-2016 05:12 PM


Use Google to search LJs. This is the search string you type into the Google search bar -

site: www.lumberjocks.com (search term)

  • No parenthesis around the search term.

- builtinbkyn

Even easier – just add ”+lumberjocks.com” at the end of your search term…
Want to search just projects? Add +projects
Want to just search blogs? Add +blogs

For example, to find all the projects for a desk, ”desk +projects +lumberjocks.com” will do it for you (leave off the quotes).

Cheers,
Brad

- MrUnix

I tried these and still couldn’t find what I was looking for. I was looking for one or two projects where people made infill planes from an old Stanley. I’ve done so myself before, but I am looking for inspiration for a different front bun design. Either way, I think I have come up with something that will work, but the search doesn’t do much but find new ways to frustrate me.

-- Brian T. - Exact science is not an exact science

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