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There is no list of common words. The procedure is done on a percentage basis of how often a word appears in all posts. This can be modified by either changing the percentage or disabling the entire procedure with the result that there are no 'common' words.

I have, for now, disabled the procedure and re-indexed the search feature. The problem with a multi-word phrase such as 'let there be light', is that it will find not only all occurrences of the phrase, but also all single occurrences of each of the individual words. This doesn't appear to be a problem at present as you can easily pick out the posts with the entire phrase.

If these changes present any problem, I will have to reconsider and perhaps, re-enable the percentage option with a higher percentage than the previous 5%.

Let me know how it goes.

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Searching is probably best done with a site-limited Google search (something that appends "site:heinleinsociety.org"; not sure how to also limit it to pages under /thsnexus), then you get every piece of syntax they make available. It's going to beat the pants off any local search engine.


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Good idea, although trying that search from within Google doesn't seem to yield what I'm looking for. Google does not necessarily index all pages of a website; and it is possible that the key words I am searching for do not occur on the same page, although if my search is not entirely quixotic they should at least be in the same thread.

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Here is a test version of the code, hosted from the old Nexus site:

http://www.heinleinnexus.org/searchtest.html

It found your search terms easily, RWF.

Now, if anyone knows how to make that open in a separate tab/window from links in the posts...

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Thanks, Jim, should be quite useful; but it still doesn't lead me to the original post. Do you happen to retain a working archived version of the Forum under Nitrosyncretic or on a hard drive that can point to the link above and tell us what it is, and where?

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