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ROS Answers Search Bar Broken?

asked 2011-06-20 18:14:51 -0500

wmcmahan gravatar image

updated 2011-06-20 19:56:42 -0500

AHornung gravatar image

At the risk of sounding foolish, is the ROS answers search bar broken? It doesn't seem to operate at all like your traditional search bar, and as such I've found the site to be of very limited use. For example, if you search for "dsp" it does not return any results, even though I'm sure this word is in a posted question and is also a tag. i.e.

P.S. I've also tried searching for "ROS" and it has shown no results, but maybe this search term was purposefully removed.

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answered 2011-06-20 19:56:04 -0500

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I assume there is a minimum search length, searching for other three letter words also did not return anything. Searching e.g. for "rviz" works, as does for "roscpp" or "eigen". If that's the case, then it is indeed restricting the search functionality as three-letter acronyms are not that uncommon.

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answered 2011-06-21 04:06:32 -0500

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There is a bug with the current version of askbot where the search bar remembers state about previous navigation. One way to make sure you're not in this state is to click 'start over' and retype your search.

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Does that work for you after starting over? If I search for "dsp" or "ros" either directly or after clicking "start over", there are no results.
AHornung gravatar image AHornung  ( 2011-06-21 04:17:50 -0500 )edit
It doesn't work for me. I also don't get any results.
ben gravatar image ben  ( 2011-06-21 04:22:24 -0500 )edit
I think you're write about the 4+ letter restriction as well. I can't find any 3-letter word that returns a result. We can file a ticket with askbot
kwc gravatar image kwc  ( 2011-06-21 04:22:45 -0500 )edit

answered 2011-07-20 06:57:50 -0500

baxelrod gravatar image

I am aware of the 2 issues mentioned here, the 3 letter filtering and the 'start over' search, but askbot search still seems very broken to me. I search for 'python' and the top results have nothing to do with 'python'. I would expect that the top results are tagged with python, or have python in the question, but no. I picked out a few key words from a question i asked a long time ago and searched for that, no luck.

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