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Tarquin
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    I have to wonder how on earth you manage to find anything with that website’s dreadful search feature.

    There doesn’t seem to be a way to say “find articles with all of these words”, even if you put + in front of them (search all words).
    Even if you tick “exact match”, it still finds matches like chairs when you searched for +chair.
    And if you “use quotes”, it sill finds matches for one of the words in the quotes, so the results page just keeps highlighting “use” in a sentence with none of the other words anywhere to be seen.

    Worse still, there is no way to say “find matches that are close to each other”, so;
    +”rope” +”chair” +”ship”
    Which should definitely find relevant matches, finds “ship” at the start of a page, and “chair” at the end of it, separated by 10 new headings along the way.

    Do you have some tactics to make it actually be … useful?