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This is a requirement for any site. I can't imagine there isn't a SEARCH function on the Forum site. How sad. Please add this feature.


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  • Alumni Group commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    This would be very useful for our members!

    (this wishlist item can be combined with 2 others - "Forum Search" and "Searchable Forums")

  • damuehlbauer commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I absolutely agree that the discussion forum should be searchable. People submit topics that have been discussed in the past, and it would be really helpful if they could search first. I also agree with the comments in a different post that the replies should appear with the most recent reply first.

  • Bonnie Beach commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Our organization would greatly benefit from this feature too!

    We we use our forums, among other things, as a classifieds system and knowing what has previously been posted within a fairly recent date range would minimize repeated posts.

  • Dmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I understand - I was imply addressing a specific question.
    Unfortunately there is no way to add any workaround until we are able to implement the search ourselves - because it has to work with the access restrictions we have in place for various pages/forums/topics.

  • SWelu commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dmitry, I understand where you're coming from, but your reply doesn't help us solve our problem. Is there any way we can also get some customization (I will pay for my site if it's not huge) or other work-around to add search keywords to individual posts within a forum? I want to use this functionality for private membership content, so the Google Search work-around doesn't work for me. Thanks.

  • Dmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    We use pretty expensive commercial forum software and it has been heavily customized by our developers.

  • rmonteload commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just curious. Does wild apricot use it's own internal forum module? I've been all through our subscription site and the forum looks nothing like what I am posting on right now. We're trying to get a search box (like you see at the top of this page) posted within our pages.

  • Dmitry Buterin commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Dave, we haven't made any changes to forums in the last few years so text search is still on out to-do list. We plan a number of forum enhancements for version 5.1 (~end of 2013) but text search will not likely happen this year.

  • BillM commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    My members came from the Yahoo Groups...years old forums...and they have search functions. Once you build archives it is impossible to find anything in the forums. SEARCH is absolutely necessary!


  • Dave C commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just rejoined WA and I have a horrible suspicion that the search function on blogs is still not there. This is an essential, not a desirable. Without this WA is delivering a really poor member experience in the blog environment. In fact I think I may have been a bit hasty in rejoining :-(

    Hope I am wrong and that someone is able to advise me that I am!


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