Member Rara Avis
This topic has been previously discussed here, without ever really coming to a conclusion.
There are three possibilities. One is to index only originating posts, not replies, which solves this problem AND will make the forums faster (especially searching). Two is to completely rewrite the search program so we have the option of doing an either/or search, which will unfortunately also slow down the system. Three, of course, is to continue ignoring the problem.
I've opted for number one (at least in the short term). As of this morning, the search feature will no longer index or find the text of any replies. Only originating posts. This is a test, and we'll see how everyone feels about it. There are potential problems, especially for our Moderators (who often need the ability to track replies as well as originating posts). Basically, we'll try this for a while and see how it goes...