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Wagawiki search

Postby Infidel » Fri 08.31.2007 1:45 am

I just realized why wagawiki ALWAYS gives a "no pages" result for every single search I've ever run.

It searches categories by default.

Naturally, we have many pages, but not so many categories, and the categories might not fit the average search term. This was the first time I ever noticed the search in namepsaces boxes on a failed search, so if I can use wiki for over a year and not notice, I'm sure many new users do not either.

I suggest changing it to search Main by default and possibly put an "advanced search" link in the search box that would link to a page with the namespace boxes at the TOP of the page so they are more noticable.

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RE: Wagawiki search

Postby zengargoyle » Fri 08.31.2007 11:58 pm

it doesn't. a search on 'todo' brings up my page and some other random page that has 'todo' in it's body text.

nothing i know about the Wikipedia software implies that a search only searches by category.

some examples?
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RE: Wagawiki search

Postby Infidel » Sat 09.01.2007 12:18 am

I just know typing "textbook" in the left search box gives no hits. I'm pretty sure there is a page somewhere in waga wiki about textbooks, but this is the result I get.

Search results
From WagaWiki
For query "textbook"
Jump to: navigation, search

There is no page titled ":textbook". You can create this page.

For more information about searching WagaWiki, see Searching WagaWiki.

Showing below 0 results starting with #1.
No page title matches
No page text matches


At the bottom of the page there is a check in "category" which is why I assume that it searches category by default.

I tested todo myself and this is what I get
There is no page titled ":todo". You can create this page.

For more information about searching WagaWiki, see Searching WagaWiki.

Showing below 0 results starting with #1.
No page title matches
No page text matches


Searching for "grammar" nets one hit, and--you guessed it--it's for the category grammar, not all of the grammar pages.

There is no page titled ":grammar". You can create this page.

For more information about searching WagaWiki, see Searching WagaWiki.

Showing below 2 results starting with #1.

View (previous 20) (next 20) (20 | 50 | 100 | 250 | 500).
Article title matches

1. Category:Grammar (29 bytes)
1: Pages about Japanese Grammar.

Page text matches

1. Category:Grammar (29 bytes)
1: Pages about Japanese Grammar.


Only if I don't use the left search box and use the "failed search" box and change the check box from its default "category" to "main" do I get useful results.
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RE: Wagawiki search

Postby Gundaetiapo » Sat 09.01.2007 12:36 am

I see what Zen sees. Try checking your preferences for searching.
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RE: Wagawiki search

Postby Infidel » Sat 09.01.2007 2:21 am

I didn't even realize there were search preferences.

It is category as you surmized. Since I never touched it, I'm sure it defaulted to category for others.
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