Is it just me or are the ability to Search Forums broken?

Engaged ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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I've tried searching some simple phrases such as "uninstall", "cs2", "cs3" and I'm not getting any results.

What am I missing here?

Is it working for you folks?

I'm using Safari 5.0.5 and in Mac OSX 10.6.6

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Most Valuable Participant , Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011
Yes, the Jive 2x forum software now used is brokenAn update to Jive 4x is due "soon" (September?) that is supposed to fix "everything" In the meantime... Google search, start with this in the search bar.site:forums.adobe.com.Then add your actual search term... such as....site:forums.adobe.com nokia mp4

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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The Search function in tyhe present version of these forums has never worked well. Hopefully it will be fixed whern we get the long awaited software upgrade. See here for some information, including how to use Google to perform searches here:

http://forums.adobe.com/thread/823088?tstart=0

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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Yes, the Jive 2x forum software now used is broken

An update to Jive 4x is due "soon" (September?) that is supposed to fix "everything"

In the meantime...

Google search, start with this in the search bar
.
site:forums.adobe.com
.
Then add your actual search term... such as...
.
site:forums.adobe.com nokia mp4

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Engaged ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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Thank you, gentlemen!

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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Grin... Claudio beat me to a reply by a few seconds

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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Russell,

Just an addition:

Some of us have turned to Google, while waiting.

I use the Advanced search, with the following:

1) If you know the poster (who may be yourself), in the all these words part: "Firstname Lastname" and "Date of joining" (in your case Mar 9, 2004)

2) In the exact wording or phrase part: up to discussions in *forum name*

3) The search term(s)/word(s) in the most relevant part(s) surrounded by "" if relevant.

We really hope you are not broken, too.

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Engaged ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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It's kinda sad that Google can search the Adobe Forums better than Adobe's own web meister's can.

And, thanks, I am not broken. Just need to make room on my hard drive and wanted to ditch some ancient software.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 25, 2011 Jul 25, 2011

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What I can't understand is why can't Jive incorporate Google Search into their forums especially when they know or ought to know that its customers are not happy with the features offered by its software.  Surely, it would work out cheaper in the long term if they bite the bullet and go wholesale with Google search.  They don't have to waste time re-inventing something that is not going to work as better as Google's search engine.  Even M$ has given up competing with Google.

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 26, 2011 Jul 26, 2011

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>customers are not happy with the features offered by its software

I am certainly not happy with the broken search in Jive 2x... but I will wait and see what Jive 4x offers before deciding if I am still unhappy, or if the upgrade adds a working forum search

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New Here ,
Jul 26, 2011 Jul 26, 2011

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Same here; I've had to resort to Google as my forum search tool. I also wonder how much attention Adobe gives to the forums anyway. Most times I find dozens of posts with the same questions I have that have gone completely unanswered. Not so much as a "already ansewered", RTFM or anything. crickets...

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 26, 2011 Jul 26, 2011

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Answers or no answers depend on many factors

Number one is that the forum space is provided by Adobe, but answers are (mostly) provided by other users... so if no user has an answer, or not enough information was provided by the posting person... there won't be an answer

Over in the Premiere forums where I mostly read/post, it is VERY common for someone to come in with very little information, and then to even "bump" their question when there is no answer right away

When this happens, the regulars play "20 questions" to try and gather enough information to provide an answer

I will also GUESS that some forums are simply more active than others

I have also READ (no personal knowledge) that some regulars quit posting when the Jive software replaced the old forum 2+ years ago... so it has taken awhile for other knowledgeable people to step in with answers

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LEGEND ,
Jul 30, 2011 Jul 30, 2011

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John T.,

I have made many of the same observations, as you. I think that much depends on the particular forum, and then on the question posed.

For an issue with a S/N, or Activation, about all that the users (and even Adobe employees in that forum) can offer is "contact Adobe Customer Support." Same for some SDK-type questions, in a non-SDK forum. Few users know the code well enough to help.

Few of the forums, that I follow, like Photoshop, Premiere, Encore, Audition, InDesign, etc., have many questions/posts, with the exception of those outlined above, or similar, that go unanswered. Now, the "answers" might involve a workaround, or perhaps a 3rd party solution, and might not be what the OP wanted, but there are almost always answers provided.

Also, some particular forums have more Adobe employees reading/responding, so the number of answers might well vary by forum.

Just some observations,

Hunt

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 30, 2011 Jul 30, 2011

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As John says, there are great differences between forums.

Many friends have stopped posting; some stopped with the fair forums  that were, others hung in for months or even a year or two; some are  still to be found in the lounge. Other friends were banned.

As I have understood, the Photoshop forum activity (at least on the Mac side) dropped immensely, as one extreme. In contrast, the combined (Win and Mac) Illustrator forum is really busy, the total amount of posting probably being at least the same as in the two original forums put together; at least among natives from the  former Win tribe most have (all but) stopped posting, but new have turned up. The GoLive forum activity has dropped quite a lot, too, but the discontinuation of GoLive has probably contributed to that.

When woolly questions are asked, some natives complain, while others (such as myself) see it as a welcome challenge.

Throughout the forums that I know very few questions have remained unanswered; at least so far, first and foremost the difference in activity has been a difference in number of questions.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 30, 2011 Jul 30, 2011

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Jacob,

Just to help this poor "daft Yank," can you tell me what a "woolly question" would be? I have some ideas, but they are probably very wrong.

Thanks,

Hunt

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Most Valuable Participant ,
Jul 31, 2011 Jul 31, 2011

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Bill,

To do it thoroughly, the OED says (the woollier senses):

Woolly

...

6. transf. and fig. Lacking in definiteness or incisiveness; 'muzzy'; (of the mind etc.) confused and hazy; (of painting, etc.) lacking in clearness or definition; (of sound, ect.) dull and indistinct.

7. Comb. ... -minded (hence -mindedness) ...

And it includes an even woollier option:

Woollyish

Somewhat woolly.

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LEGEND ,
Jul 31, 2011 Jul 31, 2011

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Jacob,

Thanks for that. Now it is no longer "woolly" to me.

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