Am I doing searches wrong?

Putti

Well-known member
I can very rarely get any results to show up on the wiki when looking for items.

Like, say for example that I want to look for the item "Aetherband". I write Aetherband in the search field and the only thing that shows up in the search results is a link to the "Named item sets" page because it's mentioned there.
Same thing if I try Item:Aetherband which is what that shows up on the dropdown when writing in the search field.
It's like certain types of pages are being excluded from the search results even though I'm including all namespaces. It obviously knows the item and its page since it shows in the dropdown, but it still won't return it in the page results.
 

Mand O'Lin

Singer of Songs Drinker of Drinks
Sadly, the internal search function of ddowiki is all but useless.

Try doing a straight Google search: "ddo aetherband" or "ddowiki aetherband". This also offers the added advantage of being typo-friendly. :)
 

PurpleSerpent

Monster Hunter of Moderate Renown
Our in-game search is sadly a bit broken at the moment, as the search we were using is no longer supported by our current version of MediaWiki; ergo, we can only do exact page title matches at the moment, which is all the base search works on. I'm not sure why your case isn't working, though - I can get it to appear on both the drop-down and in the results field. What sort of device are you using exactly?
 

Arkat

Founder & Super Hero
The best way to search the DDO Wiki is to do a specific kind of Google search.

Let's say you want to look up the Aetherband on the DDO Wiki.

Open up Google.com and in the search space type the following:

site:ddowiki.com aetherband

The site:ddowiki.com bit ensures that Google will only look for references to aetherband on the ddowiki.com website. This will cut down a bunch of irrelevant suggestions that would normally be made by Google if you only typed aetherband in the search space.
 

Putti

Well-known member
Our in-game search is sadly a bit broken at the moment, as the search we were using is no longer supported by our current version of MediaWiki; ergo, we can only do exact page title matches at the moment, which is all the base search works on. I'm not sure why your case isn't working, though - I can get it to appear on both the drop-down and in the results field. What sort of device are you using exactly?

I might have been slightly wrong about this. It actually does work if I write item:aetherband in the top right search field. It's only if I do it in the Search Results field that it doesn't work. Like shown here:

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I'm using Firefox on desktop.

As others have mentioned I just use google, however. I was just hoping that maybe there was something I was doing wrong so that there was a quick fix :D
 

Jack Jarvis Esquire

Well-known member
Our in-game search is sadly a bit broken at the moment, as the search we were using is no longer supported by our current version of MediaWiki; ergo, we can only do exact page title matches at the moment, which is all the base search works on. I'm not sure why your case isn't working, though - I can get it to appear on both the drop-down and in the results field. What sort of device are you using exactly?
Just wanted to add a wee note of thanks for what you and others do on the wikki. It's absolutely essential to my enjoyment of the game, and whilst I can't/don't speak for others, I'd be astonished if that wasn't true for many DDO players.

Thankyou! 🙂👍
 

C-Dog

Well-known member
I can very rarely get any results to show up on the wiki when looking for items.
Yeah, it's quirky. Not "useless" (as some claim), just requires you to get used to using it (which is a pain, no doubt, and a dealbreaker for some).

And, yes, one quirk is that some items are linked by their name, and some require "item:<NAME>" format. <sigh>

I type in the item name, and then read the suggestions in the drop-down. Click the most promising one, that usually gets the job done.
 

Striga

Well-known member

Either enter include the "item:" when searching for items.
Or read the results carefully.
 

Mand O'Lin

Singer of Songs Drinker of Drinks

Either enter include the "item:" when searching for items.
Or read the results carefully.
Or better yet...
Have the wiki search results (not the auto-complete predictions) include the item. I know, it is a crazy and shocking idea.
But seriously, if the auto-complete can predict the item as a possible result, why can't the actual search results include it?

Q.E.D. "all but useless"
 

Lacci

Well-known member
Or better yet...
Have the wiki search results (not the auto-complete predictions) include the item. I know, it is a crazy and shocking idea.
But seriously, if the auto-complete can predict the item as a possible result, why can't the actual search results include it?

Q.E.D. "all but useless"
But it does include the item, as shown in the screenshot.
"There is a page named "Atherband" on this wiki" - That is the direct link to the item.
And you don´t have to add "item:" in the search. If you just type in "Aetherband" in the search field, the first result is a direct link to the item.
 

Mand O'Lin

Singer of Songs Drinker of Drinks
But it does include the item, as shown in the screenshot.
"There is a page named "Atherband" on this wiki" - That is the direct link to the item.
And you don´t have to add "item:" in the search. If you just type in "Aetherband" in the search field, the first result is a direct link to the item.
Incorrect.
If you do a search for "Aetherband", the one and only search result is:

There is a page named "Aetherband" on this wiki.

  • Named item sets
    * {{Item|Aetherband}} * {{Item|Legendary Aetherband}}
    147 KB (19,709 words) - 22:25, September 6, 2023

Which is what Striga showed in the picture.
-- Although, obviously, the size, time and date might be different. --
 

PurpleSerpent

Monster Hunter of Moderate Renown
Have the wiki search results (not the auto-complete predictions) include the item.
Much as we'd like to do this, until we find a third-party search extension compatible with our outdated version of MediaWiki and ask our site host to shut the whole site down for a day to install it, I'm afraid we're rather stuck with the default version.

Believe me, if it was in any way easy to do, we'd have done it two years ago.
 
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