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Well the search bar isn't exactly vague. Its too specific. Like lets say i want to find collecters that have swords or staves etc, You should be able to type that in and come up with a page of Collecters and there area.

lol I just happen to see the spell fix, he means that if u type in Collectors + Sword/Staff (for example) that u get a list of collector's that sell swords and staves. So actually it's a good idea, but probably won't come through because it is a hell of a work, and probs won't be done because all lists need to be created manually. --Fighterbitsjsig.jpg Wammo--talkpage Fighterbitsj 20:55, 22 July 2008 (UTC)
There is a mediawiki extension that we could have installed (SMW) that would make queries like that feasible without adding too much to the articles. It'd be quite a bit of work for Dr Ishmael and myself and whoever cares to help us to get that set up, though. --◄mendel► 21:36, 22 July 2008 (UTC)


If you load the search engine/bar first u will cut down on your bandwidth by over half, because most people are only coming to your page to search for something specific and don't want the full page loaded. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 4.235.90.228 (talk • contribs) 10:20, 5 September 2008 (UTC).

We could add a search bar to the top of the main page, if that's what you want. See the instructions. --◄mendel► 10:43, 5 September 2008 (UTC)
We need to tell most people that if they have a search box on their browser's toolbar,all they need to do is to click the small triangle next to it and add this wiki to it when they're looking at one of the wiki pages. Then you can search the wiki without loading any page first. Pure win. --◄mendel► 23:20, 7 September 2008 (UTC)
BUT when you add the search into your browser you loose the word-completion. That`s the most important thing on the search-field. I`m not a nativ english speaker, so for me it`s hard to remember the strange terms for the items. I have to press Ctrl in GW to get the english term and then I have to add it here in the search field. And I`m VERY happy, if the search-field knows what I wanted to type after 3 letters, because most times I forgot half of the word until I reached the search-field... So I would be very happy, if the search-field would be the first thing what is loaded, when I enter the site. The site loads very slowly and most times I have to wait about 2 minutes until the search-field appears. The preceding unsigned comment was added by 79.206.150.133 (talk • contribs) 16:02, 16 January 2009 (UTC).
Try changing your skin to monobook in your preferences - but you need to have an account for that. On Firefox 3, I have just tested the browser search and there are search suggestions (what you call "word completion). I type "Fah" and can see a dropdown with 10 words, and it does contain "Fahranur, The First City" - though it does take a short while to load, too. (And I can see I must get going on the language links project - once that is done, you can search for the word in your language and find the correct article.) --◄mendel► 22:18, 16 January 2009 (UTC)


Telling me and/or others how to load a wiki search on ur toolbar will not cut ur bandwidth in half; writing the page so that the first thing that comes up is the search engine will!

An anon loading our page must wait for Wikia's allinone.js to load (that's 500kB or so,last time I checked, and dwarfs anything in the page text of all but two old versions of pages on our wiki, IIRC) or it will clobber your search box if you've already started typing in it; and if the download isn't finished, the 500kB will be reloaded on the next page until your browser has cached a complete version. So actually you can't affect the bandwidth that much, but you can affect the time you personally have to wait before being able to search by following my suggestion. --◄mendel► 19:52, 10 September 2008 (UTC)