One of the most frequent criticisms I've heard about HBA is how terrible the search feature is. Many users have resorted to going over to google to search HBA instead of using the default search function. Because of this, I've decided to bring google here to HBA for everyone to use. Google is the recognized leader in search engine technology and I believe having it here on HBA will help users find the data they are looking for faster and with more accurate results.
How does it work? It works exactly like searching google.com except the search results are displayed here on HBA and the results are specific only to data stored here. Additionally, I've kept the "Advanced" search function below the Google search box so that, if you prefer, you can use the default forum search engine.
There are two down sides to using Google as the default search engine:
- It takes time for threads to populate within the Google database. If you post a thread, it may not show up in the search results for as long as 24 hours. Most times it happens much faster.
- The search results page will have Google ads displayed off to the side of the search results. Google is a business and as such does not offer this service for free. You either allow their ads to be displayed or you pay a fee to remove them. I did some calculations and, with the amount of searching we do here on HBA, it would cost around $750 a year to remove the ads.... I'm researching how it might be possible to remove the ads for those members who help support HBA financially but, until then, we'll just have to live with the ads.
Well, that about covers it. Please give it a try and tell me what you think. If you have any questions or comments, please post them in this thread or PM me.