How to search Ubuntu forums:- (search help)
Help on how to search Ubuntu forums, to instantly find the documents or information that relates to your needs.
Follow the instructions below, and the entire Ubuntu Forums Repository of computing knowledge will be available to you at the click of an icon.
Note: Do not use the search box at the top of each page.
It simply does not work, and it is not going to be fixed
(as vBulletin software, it is outside the control of Ubuntu forum members).
User Guide to Ubuntu Forums Search
- Load a google search page.
- Enter or type:
- Action the search.
- Click 'bookmark' and save to your 'bookmark bar'
- Right-click and edit (or edit through bookmark manager):
The name will have been saved as "site:ubuntuforums.org." so edit the name to just Ubuntu (leaving the url untouched).
- You should now have a blue and white 'g' google icon on your bookmark bar (followed by the name 'Ubuntu').
If you can't see this icon.... bookmark manager will allow you to drag this link higher up the list until it displays on your browser bookmark bar.
If you can't see any of your bookmarks on your browser menu.... consider enabling 'bookmark bar' under menu item 'view'.
Once this preparatory work is completed.... to search Ubuntu forums one need only click the 'google ubuntu' icon, and enter ones search data (preceded by a space, after site:ubuntuforums.org).
IE. Simply enter the words most relevant to your query.
Using this example, we gain a very good mix of results, all of which relate in different ways to the search query.
site:ubuntuforums.org. re-install ubuntu
(don't bother trying to search "re-install ubuntu" using Ubuntu search...... only non-relevant results are posted.)
Note:- As a fundamental computer information resource, I believe it is important to have access to Ubuntu Forum resources at a single click.
The objective of this search technique is not to keep you off the forums, but rather to 'link you to the information you need, at the moment you need it'.
You may still need to post a question; but hopefully your question will be better informed from the information you have already gained.
In all my years using Ubuntu forums, I never knew how to enable 'Ubuntu search' in my browser, and of course, searching for information using the Ubuntu Search was 'nigh on impossible'.
My belief is that there are a vast number of community members, who also are unaware of this feature, not to mention all the newcomers to the Ubuntu operating system....... how are they going to know about this if they are not told?
So what next?
Perhaps 'peer review'?
Try any number of searches: using the 'Ubuntu search box', and try the same searches using the above method.
The 'above method' works every time.......
......'Ubuntu Search' fails every time.
So what next?
Implementing a solution seems to be the best option.
In its simplest form:
Replace the 'Ubuntu Search Box' with a new search box that has "site:ubuntuforums.org. " pre-coded to the inputted search text.
In this way, the user need only enter their search query to achieve what they require.
A more complex format might be to contain the google generated results within an 'Ubuntu forum' document format.
Is This Bug Reportable?
It is not related to ubuntu software.
The problem lies with vBulletin software (the underlying forum o/s).
This problem was initially raised under 'forum feedback' and SeijiSensei stated:
Admirable though that effort must have been - and why not climb that mountain if the desire is there - but we do clearly have an instant(?) solution that is guaranteed to deliver the results pertinent to the users need.
On another vBulletin forum I frequent, the admin replaced the vB search engine with Sphinx. It's a very impressive search tool that is designed specifically to index materials kept in a database like vBulletin does. Of course, that required some major surgery on the vB code.
In reality, the choice is so stark, one would question the cause of inactivity, once the solution has been proffered.
What do YOU think?
This solution resulted from this thread posted under 'forum feedback'.
Many thanks to bapoumba for highlighting the use of "site:ubuntuforums.org. " in google search.