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message 1: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2104 comments When I try to search from previous threads, nothing comes up, no matter what search terms I use.


message 2: by Kris (new)

Kris | 36592 comments Mod
Andy, do you mean the "search discussion posts" search box on the desktop website? I find it works. Can you give an example and provide the web address (URL) of the page you're looking at?

(I find the "search review text" search box on a specific book page doesn't work.)


message 3: by Aerulan (new)

Aerulan | 1247 comments Andy wrote: "When I try to search from previous threads, nothing comes up, no matter what search terms I use."

There's some reports in the Feedback Group that several search functions on GR are screwed up right now.

Here's the thread.
https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 4: by Aerulan (new)

Aerulan | 1247 comments Kris wrote: "(I find the "search review text" search box on a specific book page doesn't work.) "

Kris that's a known bug, staff suggestion was to put search terms in quotes when searching review text, even if it's just one word, otherwise it acts screwy. Disappointing to see they still haven't fixed it yet though.


message 5: by Kris (last edited Jul 08, 2018 12:34PM) (new)

Kris | 36592 comments Mod
Aerulan wrote: "Kris wrote: "(I find the "search review text" search box on a specific book page doesn't work.) "

Kris that's a known bug, staff suggestion was to put search terms in quotes when searching review text, even if it's just one word, otherwise it acts screwy. Disappointing to see they still haven't fixed it yet though."


Aerulan, thanks for the tip about using quotes! I'd almost given up on using GR's book reviews search.


message 6: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2104 comments Kris: Yes, the Search Discussion Thread function is the one I'm talking about. When I search for Asimov, I get no results https://www.goodreads.com/group/comme... - and you'd think it would find some. When I try searching for "Andy" which also out to find a lot of threads (since I've participated in many), I get only three results - all to this thread.


message 7: by Kris (new)

Kris | 36592 comments Mod
I see what you mean. Searching for "ya" returns only 32 results and "romance" also returns only 32 results (like an upper limit?). This is clearly wrong as a majority of our requests are young adult or romance related. I wonder if this is a temporary glitch. I hadn't noticed this problem.


message 8: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2104 comments Thanks. The same issue seems to be occurring for searches for trivial questions - a lot fewer results (sometimes zero) than should occur for popular topics.


message 9: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 40658 comments Mod
The search results inside this group only go back to July 5, on the items I've searched for.


message 10: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 40658 comments Mod
I'm going to guess trivia has the same problem (limited date range) which is why Updike, Vonnegut have zero results and Austen only one result.


message 11: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2104 comments Hope it gets fixed! Thanks for the bug report here https://www.goodreads.com/topic/show/...


message 12: by Lobstergirl, au gratin (new)

Lobstergirl | 40658 comments Mod
That thread says it's fixed, but it's still not working for me. Is it working for others?

E.g. when I search the word "romance" I get 5 pages of results but only the first two are visible (the second three get the error message that search is down, use this time to read a book, gee thanks...), and on the first two there is still nothing older than July 5th.


message 13: by Aerulan (new)

Aerulan | 1247 comments Lobstergirl wrote: "That thread says it's fixed, but it's still not working for me. Is it working for others?

E.g. when I search the word "romance" I get 5 pages of results but only the first two are visible (the sec..."


Yeah it's still broken, searching "genre" which should come up with tons considering how often that word is used only brings up 22 matches. Oldest June 22nd.

I think some of the people saying it's fixed were talking about the add book/author function which was also not working.


message 14: by Justanotherbiblophile (last edited Jul 19, 2018 01:20PM) (new)

Justanotherbiblophile | 1813 comments Try this:

https://www.google.com/search?&q=...

Which returns 65 out of the 12,700 without a search term. Not complete, but better than 5. Replace 'Asimov' with your desired search term


message 15: by Kris (new)

Kris | 36592 comments Mod
Justanotherbiblophile wrote: "Try this:

https://www.google.com/search?&q=...

Which returns 65 out of the 12,7..."


Good idea!


message 16: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2104 comments Thank you.


message 17: by Andy (new)

Andy Love | 2104 comments Search seems to be working again. Thanks all.


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