View Full Version : stupid forum search limits

February 29th, 2008, 02:59 AM
I just tried to search using this term:

"Java on firefox 3"

and i got this message from the forum

The search term you specified (3) is under the minimum word length (2) and therefore will not be found. Please make this term longer.

If this term contains a wildcard, please make this term more specific.

so HOW exactly am i supposed to make my search? I want to be specific for firefox 3...not just plain firefox...

February 29th, 2008, 03:00 AM
Happened to me when I wanted to search something about the ls command.

February 29th, 2008, 03:04 AM
replace 3 with three

February 29th, 2008, 03:07 AM
replace 3 with three

and get a bunch of results for 'firefox', which usually translates to firefox 2 which isnt what i want.... since everyone usually refers to firefox 3 as....firefox 3

February 29th, 2008, 03:41 AM
I think the reason for the limit is so the forum isn't pulling up the word "on" or other 1-2 letter words and returning 500+ posts, but I'm not sure of the real reason. Regardless, you can always use google and just add site:ubuntuforums.org to the end of your search terms.


March 1st, 2008, 12:08 PM
so HOW exactly am i supposed to make my search? I want to be specific for firefox 3...not just plain firefox...

Search the site with google: Java on Firfox 3 site:ubuntuforums.org

March 1st, 2008, 12:16 PM
It is usual behaviour for text search in a database to ignore non-count words. Since most implementations determine those on the base of word length, they will produce some by-catch, so to speak.

However, searching for 'firefox' alone will produce 115 hits, while searching for 'firefox_3' will produce one. Enter the terms without the quotes. Enter an underscore between 'firefox' and '3' in place of a space.

The other suggestions are valid as well. Use external searching services for more sophisticated searching.

You might also want to think about your use of words. If you say 'stupid' when you really mean "strange, I don't understand" some people might misunderstand your intention.