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AllenB 19th June 2010 12:39 PM

Using AND operator in search
Can it be done? If I search for two words together and one is a common word, I may get thousands of results with only the common word and not the other. I searched the FAQ before posting this, thanks for any feedback.

Gordy 19th June 2010 01:13 PM

I think using the + operator is one way to do it

eg. amplifier +sony

Jason 21st June 2010 06:35 AM

What search terms are you looking for? We are using the vBulletin / MySQL "boolean" search implementation, so AND and OR etc should work.

I believe + and - won't work.

A short notice about this was posted some time ago, which might prove of interest:

Full help should be easily accessible from the search menu, of course. And I want to have a search box available on every page without a CAPTCHA (even for non logged in members) shortly. I'm presently in the process of hiring a programmer!

AllenB 21st June 2010 06:56 AM

Um, I'd like to be helpful but I'm pushing from memory.

I often do a search of titles for threads, then change to entire, searching for posts. If I remember correctly, using my browser back button to get back to the search form it would then return only OR results, and would say so in the results page. Even using AND wouldn't override this.

I believe that using the back button to get back to the search page has worked well in the past. Doing this is easier than clicking on search>advanced, and besides, search on the page toolbar is rendered way off to the right in my browser (Opera, X11).

Gordy 22nd June 2010 06:18 AM


Originally Posted by Jason (

I believe + and - won't work.

I believe you are right.

(Apologies for the bum steer)

So, let's see...

amplifier sony = 610 results
amplifier +sony = 610 results
+amplifier +sony = 610 results
amplifier AND sony = 6 results

Sorted !

: )

AllenB 22nd June 2010 06:22 AM

Thank you all :)

AllenB 17th October 2010 01:44 PM

Admins FYI, this most valuable boolean functionality appears to be broken. HTH.

Jason 18th October 2010 05:44 PM

Thanks Allen. I'll escalate this!

AllenB 15th December 2010 10:51 PM

I just did a search for the words "third" AND "sub". Both these words were considered insignificant and were ignored.

These words were to lead to a specific post I was thinking about and it won't be as easy now. I think that when words are searched for together they become statistically more significant.

Therefore, whilst I understand the desire to prevent the servers doing pointless searches I hope this might be reviewed.


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