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"Search terms must contain at least 3 characters" - can that restriction be lifted?
Thread poster: Nesrin

Nesrin  Identity Verified
United Kingdom
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Apr 29, 2008

I was just searching for a 2-letter acronym on the Proz Term search, when I got the message:

"Error: Search terms must contain at least 3 characters"

I wonder if that restriction can be lifted, as sometimes a search for a 2-letter term can be quite valid.

After all, we ARE allowed to ask for 2-letter words on Kudoz, and to add them to the glossaries, so why shouldn't we be allowed to search for them too?

Thanks


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LittleBalu
Germany
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Fully agree Apr 29, 2008

I had the same problem just recently.

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Russell Jones  Identity Verified
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Italian to English
Absolutely Apr 29, 2008

My source language (Italian) uses a lot of abbreviations and acronyms and this is a major headache.
I think I understand the reason for the restriction but, if it were possible to restrict 2 character term searches to "whole words only", surely this would overcome the problem.


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Erik Freitag  Identity Verified
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Absolutely Apr 29, 2008

I fully agree with this suggestion, this restriction has bothered me several times in the past.

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Marek Daroszewski (MrMarDar)  Identity Verified
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A way out Apr 29, 2008

I find the Proz search engine really annoying (national characters not recognized, terms not found, restrictions like the one you mentioned, etc.) and most of the time use google to check if the term I am looking for has been answered.

Try entering the following in Google search box:

AB site:proz.com "to Language"

where
AB is the abbreviation, and
Language is the target / source language you are interested in (mind the quotes)
site:proz.com limits google to search only proz.com pages

HTH
Marek


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Lori Cirefice  Identity Verified
France
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French to English
agreed Apr 29, 2008

and I think this has already been requested in the past, I remember having this discussion before

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Marie-Hélène Hayles  Identity Verified
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also agree Apr 29, 2008

the restriction is a total pain, although I also understand the reasoning. But Russell's get-round ought to keep it manageable.

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Stanislaw Czech, MCIL  Identity Verified
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including spaces would help Apr 29, 2008

I mean it would help if we could write let's say "EU[space]" and it would count as 3 characters, some search engines give this option.

Best Regards
Stanislaw


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Jared Tabor
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Two characters now permitted Apr 29, 2008

Hello all,

The term search will now accept two characters-- be sure to choose the "whole words" option. Thanks for bringing this up again.

Best regards,

Jared


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Nesrin  Identity Verified
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Great ..but Apr 29, 2008

Thanks Jared!

I just tried it out, and it appeared to be working, but I tried terms which I know were asked before,
e.g EC, kr, LV as asked here:
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/english/livestock_animal_husbandry/2553745-ec_additives.html
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/german_to_english/medical_general/2554159-kr.html
http://www.proz.com/kudoz/english_to_german/automotive_cars_trucks/2558078-lv.html

The KOG, KudoZ archive and Personal glossaries came up with no hits, while the Glosspost search results listed all results in which the 2 letters appeared as part of a word (eg. "Technical" for "EC")
Am I doing something wrong?


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Jared Tabor
Local time: 04:14
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My mistake-- spoke too soon Apr 30, 2008

Hi all,

First, my apologies for rushing to release this-- Nesrin, you are correct, this is not yet working properly. We are working on fixing this and expanding the two character search character capabilities. For the time being, a temporary solution for this kind of search would be the method Marek mentions above; e.g. a Google search with the following format: "EU site:www.proz.com/kudoz". Sorry for any confusion caused, and thanks everyone for your patience.

Best regards,

Jared


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