The TV IV:Proposals/Search

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On March 31, 2006, the MediaWiki search box was removed from the sidebar. I would like to see it reinstated. Currently, only Google search is left. Arguments in favor of having MediaWiki's own search available:

  • If offers both Go and Search actions. Entering the name of a show and hitting "Go" is the most straightforward way to navigate. And if you didn't get the show name quite right, you'll be forwarded to the actual search function, which will usually help you find what you are looking for.
  • MediaWiki always searches the current database. Google only sporadically updates its index and Google search results are outdated by a week or two.

Google search may be a useful addition, but it is not a substitute for the built-in Wiki search. —Naddy 09:21, 2 April 2006 (EDT)

The search box is back. Thanks. —Naddy 15:01, 2 April 2006 (EDT)

I think the google search is pretty useless. It takes a while before it will pick up articles, so anything recent won't be found. It doesn't seem to do anything that the search here doesn't do. Removing it will make the sponsored link more visible. --MateoP 13:10, 8 August 2006 (EDT)

Both have good traits one good trait for the MediaWiki's search is that shows what is on the site right now, but if you make the slightest error in your typing you end up with no results or not the results you wanted. The reason is because the MediaWiki search looks for an exact match. With Google you can make slight errors and still get you wanted. The reason is because Google looks for anything that might pertain to what you are looking for. The bad part about Google is since it is not technically (so to speak) apart of the site, the search bar has to update itself. Updates happen randomly but enough that you don't normally notice. MateoP is wrong, nethier one is better than the other. Leave both.--Sportman 17:22, 10 December 2006 (EST)