Hi TF - thanks for the feedback - it's very useful.
Most of the problems you're encountering with searches I'm very much aware of.
Firstly the universal site search (flag, top left of menu) is currently disfunctional. I upgraded the software last year, spent many hours fine tuning it but ran into some technical issues which the developer was unwilling to help me troubleshoot. I eventually lost patience with him and abandoned it in December, but intend to return to the project when time allows. It would be an important asset in making the site's various resources accessible. For one, it was the only means of searching the Arena. It also made every area of the site searchable from a single place and provided an alternative to the Forum native search, for example.
I've noticed the problem with the Forum's native search. In fact I tried exactly the 'Wonders List' search you describe. As you say, it's become too restrictive in what it will index. This is already earmarked as an issue to tackle.
treefrog wrote:Currently the Museum area there are endless lists of pictures of all types of for example Allwin on no order or structure.
This is the only part of your comments I don't follow.
In the Museum, allwins are confined to the Allwins
category and are ordered alphabetically by machine name. If you wish to find all allwins in the Museum made by Wondermatics, click Makers
. You are presented with a list of allwin makers. Select Wondermatics
and you get a date-ordered list of Wonders allwins with links back to the individual Museum entries.
Alternatively, you can use the Museum's native search engine, an entry field for which appears on every Museum page. This executes a comprehensive search of the Museum database. A search of 'Wondermatics', for example brings up all nine machines currently in the Museum, plus a link to the aforementioned page about Wondermatics and their products.