System: The following 3 messages were spliced on to this thread from: http://www.webmasterworld.com/feedback/4138437.htm [webmasterworld.com] by engine - 4:12 pm on May 25, 2010 (utc +1) The new search is IMO is broke. I really don't like it and find myself using the SE's to find what I am searching for on the site.
New search is clearly a work in progress... and it allows some functionality not possible using Google (eg, searching a post by author, and going to a specific post in a long thread).
The tradeoff is that URL format returned, though, is post specific, not thread specific. It's also not always compatible with urls suitable for posting, as WebmasterWorld has no single post-specific url system, independent of user-preferences, for reaching a post or a thread (that's a topic for another discussion).
Result display is also graphically clumsy. Thread titles and snippets are not well grouped, and indentation of snippets is a design mistake. Left alignment would make results much easier to read.
I find myself needing to use both the new Advanced Search and Google to find what I want.
Don't give me a link to your search engine. Give me a search box.
A search box at the top-o-the-page would do the trick.
Not even a little bit interested in the author (like I really know who all of the authors are anyway) .. just a simple keyword search that pulls up the threads having to do with "that keyword" .. Type in HTML5, for instance, and Bamm .. all one could ever read about the subject, right at ones fingertips :)
Haven't tried the new search, but clearly confirm that a site-wide search -independent from 3rd parties- is much needed, and every inch towards this is highly appreciated. After all, especially with Google, we do not know how they use the information they get from searches containing the "site:webmasterworld.com" operator.