If we had a better search option- maybe newbies would not come on this board re hashing old topics. Seriously, before anyone attacks me, I have been in this same situation, where I came here seeking help and insight, and the outdated search button did not pull up what I needed- well, not unless I had 7243 hours to invest in researching... which most of us don't have.

You can also search dance forums by using your usual search engine and including "dance-forums" in the search.

I think one of the issues is that we sorta had a policy of taking every new thread on a subject and merging it with old threads. So a simple thread on this topic could be 400 pages long. And a fair amount of it could be filled with not valuable chit chat and banter. I was never a fan of merging every thread in site just for this reason. I would rather have 10 threads each 40 pages, instead of one thread at 400 pages. Smaller and more digestible conversations would seem a lot easier to read.

I was frustrated many times when reading a current thread, only to be referred to the old 400 page long thread. The idea of reading a long thread can be overwhelming. Someone new to ballroom may not understand that the information that is more than a decade old may still relevant. I prefer the indexed topics with shorter threads.

It is a policy/habit we can consider changing. Moderators are good at various jobs. Some never felt comfortable interjecting themselves into conversations. Some felt more at home with small administrative tasks..... like merging. It is easy enough to just not do it anymore. And with that said I will promptly split this discussion off into it's own thread.

Then instead of your search results ending up like this: Teaching at Arthur Murray they end up like this: Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray Teaching at Arthur Murray

When I put "Teaching at Arthur Murray" into the search box and clicked the search button, I got only two hits which was this particular thread in this particular forum (Dancers Anonymous). But when I tried it again but this time unchecked the box for "This forum only", I got hits for quite a number of comments in threads in other forums with different titles and was provided with a sentence fragment for each one so I could decide relevance. So: No, @Joe. I disagree. I would suggest that if the administration panel allows varying the default search settings then having the "Search this Forum Only" be defaulted to unchecked might help.

Well this goes against all rules by openly discussing moderation in the public forum... but at this point oh well. Typing in Arthur Murray resulted in a variety of results from "teaching at arthur murray" to "which certification is best" to "what the heck is peabody" ... lots to choose from! But they are all pretty much geared towards the intended subject. The problem is more like this. Typing in "in love with teacher" and you get hits on every thread that has the word "with", "teacher" and "in" and even threads that have the word "changINg". And even with the sheer volume of returned hits the result page will only produce 10 pages exactly and no more. Looking at this way means it is almost impossible to find anything. Not because there are a million threads on it but because the search feature is not smart.

But if you drop down the search to advanced "search all child forums" is the default. Confusing to say the least.

I can usually find what I'm looking for using the advanced search or an external search engine (which really does work well), but I obviously know the forums and what is likely to work much better than somebody new here does. Does anybody use a forum with a good search function? That might be of help figuring out what to do here.