Please change the front page forum search, nearly useless as is
The front page forum search should probably search topic titles, not entire posts. I personally use the advanced search and alerts to find what I want, but first timers are usually scared away. If you're looking for a deal on a Dell you don't want to find out about some guy who put his "What I Got Free In The Mail Today" sticker on his Dell.
I told a friend to check this site for good deals. After a couple of days he says there's nothing special here and that he finds more deals on other pages. So I told him he has to search the forums, there's a lot more stuff there, they couldn't throw everything up on the front page. But he said the forum search didn't even return results relevant to what he was looking for. So now I have to tell him not to use the search on the front page, but to click on forums, go to the hot deals forum, click on search, then click on "Search in Thread Titles Only", then do his search. Uhh, why isn't that the default? Better search results are more important than more search results. This is how Google beat Alta Vista.
Since I used Dell as my example, here's the current search results for Dell. These are all the posts before the first Dell deal and their posting date:
Sticky: The *OFFICIAL* What I Got Free In The Mail Today.... (Multi-page thread 1 2 3 4 5)
09-02-2007 06:28 AM
Go to first new post Discover Card early signup for Oct 1 - Dec 31, 2007 5% bonus. Restaurants and movie tix.
Today 11:03 AM
Get 25,000 Points (Redeemable For $250) With Bank Of America Rewards Card Or Amex Business Gold Card (Multi-page thread 1 2 3 4 5 ... Last Page)
07-10-2007 08:47 AM
Refurbished: ATI Theater 650 Pro Combo PCIe Analog/Digital TV Tuner $86.95 (Multi-page thread 1 2)
08-21-2007 06:57 AM
CC Acer Aspire 5100-5674 15.4" X2-TK53 1 gig, 160 gb hd, webcam $529.99 B&M Only
Yesterday 02:53 PM
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