> Earlier: ... Default mediawiki search is
> really bad. You should use a search
> extension, like Lucene...
Response: ... Since those are difficult to
set up at the best of times and impossible
for most shared hosts, it might help if
you instead listed out the things that are
"really bad" about it so they can be fixed
for the default install... Offhand, the split
between title and text searches is a bit
odd, but the only really "bad" thing is
that MySQL's search engine by default
excludes short and common words...
Can you think of any other problems?
Peter Blaise responds: Me thinks there is equivalence between a
non-specific comment like "difficult to set up at the best of times" and
a non-specific comment like "default mediawiki search is really bad".
We're all pretty much equally challenged to present what we think we
know well in a written form others can easily access.
Anyway, regarding "...MySQL's search engine by default excludes
I put the following in
## NEW for 2-letter searching, even 2-character words should be
## searchable - rebuild the text index by running (in DOS):
## C:\...mediawiki\maintenance\>_ php
.... and, of course, ran php maintenance/rebuildtextindex.php
But, regarding "...MySQL's search engine by default
excludes...common words..." YOU'RE RIGHT! A search for the words
and "an" not only didn't produce a search result, but also revealed that
Search in namespaces:
[ ] List redirects
... is NOT pre-selectable in Special:Preferences / My
I'm just saying.