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From: "Ray W. Justus" <>
Subject: Re: Message from Rootsweb
Date: Thu, 19 Jul 2001 21:29:20 -0700
I don't know if this message has a snowball's chance in hell of reaching
you but I pray that it does. I appreciate your comments about the ease
of use of the new search capabilities but there is one thing that has
left me dumbfounded the past several weeks. Why, in God's name, do you
want to make it so difficult for us to get to the point where we can do
MESSAGE FROM THE ROOTSWEB HOME OFFICE
by Jake Gehring, RootsWeb Executive Producer
Our message boards improvements continue this week. My comments
regard the search features in the new system.
Sometimes certain boards and the messages they contain have been
moved since they were initially indexed -- when you search and
try to view posts, you get an error message asking you to check
back in a few hours. In some cases this message lasts a lot
longer than expected. We're changing the error message and
working hard to fix the underlying problem. I'll report the
status of this issue next week.
Generally, however, we hope that you are impressed with the new
search features. The new system shows search results ranked by
relevance -- meaning that the system will display the best hits
first. For example, messages that contain all of your terms are
ranked higher than those that contain only some. Here are a
couple of additional search tips:
Wildcard Searching. The new message boards allow wildcard
searching as long as the user specifies at least the first three
characters in the word (i.e., users can search for "gehr*" to
find "gehring, gehrig, gehrke," etc.).
Search Operators. New functionality allows users to add powerful
operators to their search terms to affect results. These
operators, the plus and minus signs, are placed just before your
search terms and function like popular Internet search engines
Yahoo! and AltaVista.
If you put a plus (+) sign in front of any word, that word
*must* appear in a message for it to be a match. If there are
terms that you want to exclude (you don't want to see messages
in which these terms appear), you can place a minus sign (-) in
front of them.
For example, a search for "+gehring heinrich -baden" will return
only those hits that contain the word "gehring" but not the word
"baden", and in this group any messages containing "heinrich"
will be displayed before those that don't.