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Offline John Raabe

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« on: December 10, 2010, 12:51:03 PM »
I've changed the search engine to Google Custom Search and it is now doing a better job of returning posts inside the current forum and some pages that were "printed" from earlier posts from previous years.



I think most folks will find it easier to use than the one built into the forum software.

Let me know what you think.
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Re: New Search
« Reply #1 on: December 10, 2010, 05:00:23 PM »
I searched humphrey intending to locate info on the group we just hosted at the cabin.  The new search did not return a link, but the old harder to use on returned one only of many.

Seems we may need to search more than one way.
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Re: New Search
« Reply #2 on: December 11, 2010, 04:06:33 PM »
Yes, the spidering of the forum does not seem to happen often. Most of the posts that are found are older.

I did a search on "Dogtrot at Hightop" - Redoverfarm's thread started in Nov. '07 - Google found lots of that conversation. Also "Okanogan 14x24 by a lurker" was found.

I searched for "I found this walking my land..is it an old well?" and that was found with the latest post Dec 5th. These are being shown in "printed" text format - no pics. It isn't a direct link to the current forum page. I think I can tell Google not to read these files by editing my robots.txt file. But I haven't yet done that.

There is a discussion (several in fact) of this issue on the SMF support site. I spent some time there last night. Some forum webmasters have had luck with installing a mod and then setting up an xlm sitemap that is used to provide Google some structure. I might try to see if I can get some help with that. We have a customized template that would need to be custom tweaked.

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« Last Edit: December 11, 2010, 04:21:09 PM by John Raabe »
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Re: New Search
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2010, 04:21:39 PM »
We could collaborate on that. I've kept a list of the tweaks made thus far
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Re: New Search
« Reply #4 on: December 14, 2010, 02:27:18 PM »
Tried it again and looks like the spiders have found more of the links.  Got better results this time with about 3 or 4 coming up.
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Re: New Search
« Reply #5 on: December 14, 2010, 02:30:25 PM »
Yes --- I think it is working better - found this...

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Re: New Search
« Reply #6 on: February 13, 2011, 02:17:55 PM »
Is Photobucket getting flakey on us? I think mine are still working fine. Are there posts of mine where they have disappeared I wonder.
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Re: New Search
« Reply #7 on: February 13, 2011, 02:38:13 PM »
I've noticed missing images in assorted places, but none of mine seem to be AWOL. I have a couple of different photobucket accounts. One is almost full, that is why I have now have two. I believe some folks have deleted images in their albums to make room for more. In the early days of photobucket there was no limit on the free accounts; now there is. Anyone can have more than one free photobucket account as long as they use a different email to sign up.


Except I did delete the "leprechaun" above
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