How are people feeling about Discourse?

This is my experience, too. Completely useless. Search is pretty useless, too.

After dealing with those timeouts, any upgrade would’ve been welcomed. But this is actually working. Thanks to TubaDiva and her many magnificent minions.

I’m posting more (and reading a ton more) now. But that’s partly Discourse, partly Covid, but mostly Retirement.

My experience with @ autocomplete is the same as @wolfpup & @puzzlegal say. The first letter might bring up somebody from the current thread, but after that it’s names I’ve never heard of. This applies wherever it’s used, be that in a search box or in a post.

As I pointed out in some other post probably in this thread, only about 1% of the total user database are “active” by any reasonable definition. So if the search is just a database lookup with a default order of oldest to newest and a limit of the first 5, it’s no wonder we think it’s wacko. If that’s how it works, it’d always prefer somebody not seen since 2001 over someone who posted yesterday.

And yes, once you get about 3 letters in there it fails completely.

@LSLGuy , thank you for answering questions on the search function. I’ve learned a lot from your answers. I went from being unable to find anything and giving up on search on Discourse to finding most of what I wanted in the past couple days and even finding something I hadn’t been able to find on vBulletin.

I have a couple more questions, if you don’t mind. I’m hoping to find a way to easily find if a person has posted in a thread. Let’s say that I want to know if you’ve posted in a particular thread. I know that I could go to the OP and look at the list of icons and scroll over each one to see if I found your name or if I could identify your avatar. Is there any other way to do that?

I’d also like to know if there’s a way to find all the topics (threads) someone has started between two dates. I don’t think vBulletin could do this, but I can see the date range in Discourse, so I was hopeful there might be a way to configure a search to find this. I’m looking for a way to find the threads a poster started between, say 2004-2007 without having to scroll through the whole list of threads they’ve started from their profile.

Thanks again for your help. The search function has become a lot more helpful for me after reading your posts on the subject here.

Click on the search icon at the top, and check ‘Search this topic’. Enter @Username and after a pause of a second or two it will provide a dropdown list of their posts in the thread. You can click on one to jump there, and then go back to the search box and click on another.

Also, if you see someone’s avatar anywhere in the thread, you can click on it, then on the filter button (‘x posts in topic’). It will then show only that person’s posts in the thread, which can be very useful. But it won’t work if the user’s profile is hidden. Yes, I’m looking at you, Heffalump!

You can do this with the operator ‘in:first’ which shows the topics they’ve started.:

@Username in:first after:2003 before:2008

More generally:

@Username in:first after:yyyy-mm-dd before:yyyy-mm-dd

If you want both before and after dates, you have to type the dates in manually, because the boxes in the advanced search only allow you to do one or the other.

ETA: @GreenWyvern ninja’d most of what I was had written but got interrupted before posting.

So I’ll continue w just my conclusion.

Ref any of the user searches you need to be able to correctly spell the name of the poster you’re seeking. That’s sometimes a problem for people.

All these options as @GreenWyvern explained are available from the advanced search page. Click the magnifying glass, then click “options” at the right of the popup. That brings up the advanced search page. All the various choices down the right side just inject text into the search input textbox at upper left. When you click the magnifying glass at the right of that search input textbox it will process whatever is in the search input textbox.

The gotcha is that some parts of that UI on the right are flaky.

It assumes you’re using Tab to move from item to item, and pressing Tab is the signal to push whatever you selected via dropdown or checkbox or whatever into the search box. So sometimes you can make entry(s) in the options on right but they don’t transfer to the textbox. Which goof will make it seem like the search results aren’t respecting your choices. It always respects the choices as shown in the search textbox; that may not always reflect the last item you updated in the options on the right. Forewarned is forearmed.

I’ve since learned what the text inputs are for the features I use all the time. Which are mostly the 4 you asked about. I just keystroke them directly into the search input textbox without bothering w the dropdowns, checkboxes, etc., UI on the right.

Thank you! This is great.

That didn’t work for me, but using the username without the @ works so that’s all good.

That leads me to another question. I’m looking at your posts in this thread. They’re numbered from 1 to however many posts you did in the thread. I found the post I want, and now I want to know what post number it is in the thread and go back to the original thread view. How do I do that without losing your post in the thread?

Whoa, this is like magic. It would not have occurred to me that threads started would be searched by first post since in vBulletin the first post is the one generally after the OP.

I’m guessing that I can find the commands by checking one of the boxes and looking at the command, then later I can just type it in without having to configure the panel.

Thank you to you and @GreenWyvern (search function worked for me here) for all your help.

Without the @, it’ll just be looking for the text, so if, e.g. you search for GreenWyvern, it’ll find any opost where somebody just mentioned that name, not posts by that person. If @whatever didn’t work on your test case, you almost certainly misspelled the name you were looking for.

As @puzzlegal has complained about, Discourse is zero help if you can’t spell the name perfectly without help.

Exactly. That’s how the rest of us learned about “in:first” and the other syntaxes.

Again the gotcha is that when you configure the panel, the corresponding search command syntax text is supposed to transfer to the search input box. But may not. Pay attention and it’s easy to learn what’s right and how to catch it when it pulls a stupid.

Thanks for that heads up. I was wondering how to filter out those other posts. I was using your name for the search. Your username isn’t that hard to spell. And I swear it wasn’t working when I typed in your name using lower case letters. But it’s working now, so the lower case letters wasn’t the problem. I can’t figure out what I did wrong, but it’s working now, so yay!

All of my Ignores have timed out. Now I have to go and Ignore them all again, every few months.

Not sure if its the new browser or the ‘infinite scroll’, but I’m not happy what it does to my 'History" when I go to delete it.


The Log-Out button has suddenly disappeared.

Where it says ‘Select a timeframe’, you can scroll down and select ‘Forever’.

Click on your avatar at the top, then on the ‘preferences’ icon on the right (person’s head). It’s under that.

Where are you going, and what does it do?

Joke answer: Divorce Court, Incriminate me

Real answer: every post shows up as a ‘thing’ in history. To delete them, ahh well, nevermind.

But what do you mean by ‘history’? Your activity?

How would you delete that? How would you like posts to show up, instead of ‘things’? :slightly_smiling_face:

Do you perhaps mean your watched posts?

I mean my internet activity. Stuff I prowl on the net. The Dope shows up pages and pages of every post that I scroll thru.

Gotta really search and find the stuff I wanna delete. But then again, the doctrine of 'Hidden in Plain Sight" applies also.

Oh, you mean your browser history. Yes, it does that on some browsers.

Every time it loads a page in infinite scroll, it takes that as another history item. I don’t think there’s anything that can be done about it.

I never use my browser history, anyway. I use the ‘reopen closed tab’ list if I want to go back to something, and that has only one entry per tab.

Feature, not bug: