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Old Feb 23, 2003, 12:47 PM
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Increase search term word length please!

Thsi message from ezone's search engine is frustrating:

"The search term you specified (cg) is under the minimum word length (3) and therefore will not be found. Please make this term longer."

Can ezone change its discussion group search to accept a minimum word length of two (2) ? Most other search engines or discussion groups can accept 2-letter keys.
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Old Feb 23, 2003, 01:02 PM
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Yes like JR, TE, LE etc.
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Old Feb 23, 2003, 05:44 PM
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IT'S SIMPLE.

If you have a two letter word, just add a comma to it.

EG:- AB, Works fine. Patrick.
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Old Feb 23, 2003, 06:01 PM
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Aha! Problem solved
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Old Feb 23, 2003, 07:23 PM
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I tried but no luck. I input "cg," and got the same message. Is it that hard to accept 2-letter search keys? RCUNIVERSE seems to use a similar discussion board software and they accept 2-letter keys.
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Old Feb 24, 2003, 02:54 PM
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I will consider a change, but I need some time first to research the load it will put on our database.

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Old Mar 04, 2003, 11:18 PM
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Jim,

Thanks for considering a change in this area.

I was going to voice the same frustration. I am trying to search for AA batteries and can't narrow down my search parameters with the two letter limit.
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Old Mar 05, 2003, 12:45 PM
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Jim,

Would it be possible to allow this functionality for Members only? May give people an incentive to join to further support the board and receive some added-value. Just a thought. I don't know if you can create different classes or groups within the software.

There may be additional capabilities that could be grouped together for Members only that are not currently available (i.e. see my Boolean post) that put added demands on the system and may need to be limited. I am noticing slower searches. These would be nice to have features, but don't take away from the core attraction of RCGroups.
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Old Mar 05, 2003, 02:17 PM
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I've considered that approach. We're really reviewing the whole business process right now and trying to figure out what changes need to be made this year to make this a more profitable endeavor without hampering usefulness or enjoyment for our users.

Ideally, I'd like to trim down on the ads and go with the approach you mention of selling extra features through the membership system.

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Old Mar 05, 2003, 02:43 PM
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Hi Jim,

Thanks for your consideration.

I would like to mention the ads are not burdensome to me at all. Actually I find them helpful and feel a little more confident in a vendor advertising on the ezone versus just a random retailer hit through a search engine. My sense is the vendors advertising on the site have been scrutinized by the members and have earned their place. If I am looking for batteries for example, my first stop is the Our Sponsor page.
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Old Mar 05, 2003, 03:42 PM
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I understand about the ads. I'm just looking to adjust the ratio of where we get our income. Right now its about 90% ads and 10% membership.

A long-term strategy of mine is to change that to something closer to 50/50. That ties in nicely with your thought of giving expanded search capabilities to paying members.

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Old Mar 05, 2003, 08:28 PM
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Is there a significant reason why the 'Search' can't find the word "zero"?
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Old Mar 06, 2003, 03:43 PM
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Is there a significant reason why the 'Search' can't find the word "zero"?
It's only one letter. heheheheheh

I couldn't resist. Sorry.
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Old Mar 06, 2003, 10:12 PM
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loop,

Don't laugh, I'd say you are correct.

Search also doesn't find "four", "five", "seven", etc.

It will find the word "ten", but can't find the word "nine".

What gives?
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Old Mar 07, 2003, 07:04 AM
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Interesting!
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