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Search doesn't display the most relevant results at the top

Holygamer (talkcontribs)

My Versions: MediaWiki: 1.16.5, PHP: 5.2.17, MySQL: 5.1.61. My website:

When searching for a word the search results don't return the most relevant results instead the relevance is in order of the page creation date. Is this normal behaviour? Is there any way I can fix it?

Some examples:

Searching for "Puzzle Bobble" doesn't show "Puzzle Bobble" at the top. Searching for "Mission" doesn't show "Mission Impossible" at the top. Searching for "Last Battle" doesn't show "Last Battle" at the top. It only appears on the 2nd page of the search results.

Bawolff (talkcontribs)

The default mediawiki search engine kind of sucks. Extension:MWSearch is much better, but kind of complicated to set up. (It is what Wikipedia uses)

Holygamer (talkcontribs)

That's kind of what I thought. I saw that before but it needs Extension:Lucene-search which is far too complicated to install and it seems to assume people know advanced stuff such as how to run scripts, etc.

Is there a guide anywhere which explains the installation process better? Or is there antoher extension I could use which is easier to install? (talkcontribs)


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