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Why is Search limited to > 4 chars?!


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Hi, I find it very frustrating that the Search function on the forums will not let you search for strings less than 4 characters long :tazz:

I appreciate this is probably to prevent large results being yielded (e.g. searching for 'the'), but it prevents me searching for common infections such as 'VX2', 'LOP' etc.

It appears that when a large result list is found, the search limits the results to 1000 anyway, so why not simply allow strings < 4 chars and also limit the results to 1000?
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I agree this would be preferred. However, searching is one of the most server intensive processes run by a forum. Especially when dealing with large databases, and our database is currently 1.5GB. Also, there was no option to lower this limit in the version of the forum software that we're currently running, but it has been added to the new version. We'll try lowering it to 3 characters when we update later this week, and monitor the effects.
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Hey admin, thanks for the reply :tazz:.

I appreciate the overheads in searching and I look forward to seeing how the trial goes with the new version.
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