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To think that the mumsnet "advanced" search is shit?

(72 Posts)
Illgetmycoat Wed 03-Jul-13 22:53:04

You select a subject and then a completely random list of posts come up. Some dating back to 1542. What the heck?

HotCrossPun Wed 03-Jul-13 22:53:50

Why don't you narrow down the time frame?

Illgetmycoat Wed 03-Jul-13 22:54:37

Why don't they put the most recent posts first?

trixymalixy Wed 03-Jul-13 22:55:42

I've never had a problem with it, you need to narrow down your search criteria.

piprabbit Wed 03-Jul-13 22:57:07

It would be nice if the results could be sorted in different ways, including date.

Illgetmycoat Wed 03-Jul-13 22:59:21

You shouldn't have to! It would only take a click of the button from the web people to sort it out. Chronological order please, mumsnet techies! Apple would have sunk to nothing with this lassez faire approach.

TheDetective Wed 03-Jul-13 23:00:00

YANBU. I hate it.

I want to read all my own posts.

In date order.

I want to copy and paste to make a timeline diary for my pregnancy, but more importantly, post birth... I've posted most days about my baby's life, and I want to get all those posts together for nostalgic reasons, but also for medical reasons!

It's fucking impossible.

It won't let you see more than 500 posts anyway.

CaptainUndercrackers Wed 03-Jul-13 23:01:09

Yeah, it's the sheer number of ante-natal threads which gets me down, you have to spend half an hour scrolling past endless lists of due dates (have nothing against these threads by the way, except when they clog up my search!).

lougle Wed 03-Jul-13 23:08:40

It's alphabetical order by topic, followed by alphabetical order within topic.

Mumsnet is shit in general lately.

<sulks asI have even started tidying because there's nothing going on here>

Illgetmycoat Wed 03-Jul-13 23:14:06

That would be great if we could all get together and organise ourselves alphabetically(!) confused

I want to know what the latest opinion on mumsnet is, not the alphabetical order of opinions.

LuisSuarezTeeth Wed 03-Jul-13 23:24:37

A little question.

Are you paying for mumsnet?

lougle Wed 03-Jul-13 23:32:34

"I want to know what the latest opinion on mumsnet is, not the alphabetical order of opinions."

There's a handy 'from' 'to' section, where you can specify a date range.

So, if you want to know what the general opinion is of, say, fake tan this month, put 'From' 01/07/13 and 'To' 03/07/13.

Not hard.

If you'd really like it to be exactly as you want, why don't you pop off, create and pay for a forum, then convince thousands of people to use it?

KobayashiMaru Wed 03-Jul-13 23:34:08

make your own fecking forum. Or just learn to use the search properly. Or sod off to site stuff and have a whine there.
Take your pick.

aldiwhore Wed 03-Jul-13 23:37:28

With respect. If I ever felt the need to do an advanced search OTHER than to find a specific thread I'd followed... I'd probably accept my DH's argument that I spend too much time on here.

It's good enough I think.

If you want to know the 'latest opinion' on Mumsnet, you're a shite journalist or are lacking in your own thought, with respect (yes I mean to be blunt, but I don't wish to be rude).

Are you the person that hates everyone at cash machines because well, they're just SELFISH?


Mumsnet is free. It will not do all the hard work for you, hey... try a library, you'll lose even more time in there.

YABU. Google might be your friend.

lougle Wed 03-Jul-13 23:42:28

I use advanced search a lot. If I want to know something, I like to see lots of views quickly. Rather than start a thread, I search for past threads which discuss the topic.

Illgetmycoat Thu 04-Jul-13 08:07:36

I know about the date range option hmm. I build websites FFS.

The point I am making is that even within the date range, the posts are not chronologically ordered, which makes it hard to find stuff.

I know mumsnet is free. So were Bebo and Myspace. Constructive criticism is GOOD for sites like this.

I love mumsnet, but it doesn't mean it's perfect.

moustachio Thu 04-Jul-13 08:41:00


A poster started a thread in chat saying she bougt a dress, but had to take it back as it was so expensive. Said dress is now in the sale!! I looked for a week trying to find the thread and tell her!!

lougle Thu 04-Jul-13 09:35:27

Constructive criticism isn't starting a thread in AIBU saying 'the mumsnet advanced search is shit'.

Constructive criticism is starting a thread in Site Stuff asking for a modification of the Advanced Search function, or better still, emailing MNHQ at

There was nothing constructive about your criticism. It was just criticism.

Fakebook Thu 04-Jul-13 09:39:22

I only use advanced search to stalk a posters history if their thread seems a bit weird. It always works for me.

Illgetmycoat Thu 04-Jul-13 09:44:03

I could have put the thread there Lougle and it would have had a lonely life. I wanted to see if other mumsnetters agreed. That's what AIBU is for.

The title is just a starter to debate. If you actually read my posts, you'll see my point about chronology IS constructive.

YoniBottsBumgina Thu 04-Jul-13 09:48:04

A chronological order would be really helpful. I think I read that it's on the list.

However you should have put this in Site Stuff if you want MNHQ to take it seriously.

I would also like an exact quotation search. Currently it has something built in which means, for example, searching for "surf" will also bring up "surfed" "surfs" and "surfing". Sometimes that's helpful, other times it really isn't - I can't remember an example now but I've searched for something once where the slightly different version of a word was a film title or something and it brought up loads of irrelevant results without a way to filter them.

YoniBottsBumgina Thu 04-Jul-13 09:49:14

I've always had replies to my threads in Site Stuff. And you can gain the opinion of other posters in there too. (Just try asking for a "like" button in there and watch everyone explode in rage grin)

ForkInTheForeheid Thu 04-Jul-13 09:50:41

Just a small point - mumsnet is free in that we don't pay cash for it - but there are a lot of ads/promotions - you are paying by being advertised to, it is not a charity!

nannynick Thu 04-Jul-13 10:07:01

YABU its great unless its broken.

Have to say the I had not noticed the order of the results. Sort by date could be useful at times but I expect it depends what you are looking for.

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