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    Is there a way to set a WSS 3.0 server to return partial results when you use the search feature? My server will only return results that contain the exact term that I searched for.  If a user misspells the search term they will assume that information is not on the server when it actually is.
    Friday, November 30, 2007 2:48 PM


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    Has anyone else had the need to get your sharepoint server to return partial results from a search?  You know like every other web site out there that has a search feature.  Am I the only admin with users that aren't automatons that explicitly know every piece of data stored on the server and how it was precisely spelled or misspelled when it was entered?
    Thursday, January 17, 2008 12:06 AM
  • I know it does at least some stemming "stuff".


    In MOSS, possibly enterprise but maybe standard, there is a thesaurus type feature.  It may also be available in WSS.


    What kind of words are giving trouble?


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    Friday, January 18, 2008 2:22 AM

    Perhaps I am not clear on what I mean.  If I have lets say a list item that is an order number of qxt1900342 in my server. If I were to search for the string qxt1900 there would be nothing returned unless there happens to be an instance of qxt1900 somewhere  and it would only return that record. What I want is my server to return qxt1900342, qxt1900341, qxt1900235 and so on.
    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 11:13 AM
  • I think you're clear enough.  The fact is, the product just doesn't support that kind of search (no matter how much we all would like it to).


    You have to use a 3rd party tool or use the underlying search engine itself.


    I blogged about this here: http://feeds.feedburner.com/~r/PaulGalvinsSharepointSpace/~3/295743238/cns!1CC1EDB3DAA9B8AA!1118.entry



    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 11:38 AM
  • This seems to me to be a totally unrealistic requirement.

    It's fine to expect a search routine to spot similar names but how on earth it's supposed to guess that qxt1900341 has anything to do with qxt1900235 is beyond me ..

    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:28 PM
  • I think in narrow cases, it can be very helpful, but really, I think the better answer is to tag documents correctly (i.e. use metadata).  There seems to be some intelligence built into the file names and that's almost always weak tea when compared to content types.


    Search can sometimes save organizations from inadequate information architecture, but not always.


    Tuesday, May 27, 2008 1:33 PM