Search - Four letter minimum?

Discussion in 'Feedback & Inquiries' started by RossKean, Apr 24, 2020.

  1. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    Is there any way to change the minimum allowable number of characters in a search term to three instead of four? There are lots of times when it would be nice to be able to search with shorter keyword strings:
    Oil, ABS, ECU, PVC, Gas, KTM, KLR, BMW, LED, LCD, TFT, GPS etc. - lot of others would be nice to be able to use (in combination with other terms to shorten the number of hits).
    I was trying to do a search for TKC tires (70 and 80) and couldn't...

    Didn't know if this was a forum setting that would be easy to change.
  2. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    That's because all those three letter words you show above are bad words and shouldn't be searching for them, j/k ;)

    Couple of ways around this. You can use an asterisk as a wildcard (before *tkc, after tkc* or wrapped *tkc*) with the three letter word and it will help -*&o=date

    You can also use Google to search the site (good for images) by prepending 'site:' at the front of the URL and then the search term after - tkc

    I find the Google one great on a lot of sites but not so much with this one for some reason. Must be some restrictions in place to prevent Google from indexing all the pages or something.
  3. RossKean

    RossKean Active Member

    I am on another motorcycle forum that recently went through a major upgrade and the option to use a three letter search term was suddenly available. Quite useful.

    I have used the Google method before with varying success (depending on the site). Haven't tried the wildcard addition here but found it not especially useful in other forums - will try it here next time I run into issues but if three letters is a settable option, I think it would be better.

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