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1) "i wish it was the google search." just go to google and put in whatever youre looking for plus "site:newschoolers.com" and it will search the site
2) "i'm looking for an exact string." i havent tried but if its anything like normal search engines, put whatever exact string youre looking for within quotes and it should search for it exactly like that. i may be wrong on that though
I think it's hard to bitch about the searchbar that no one uses anyway. I've seen more how to do a frontflip/rodeo/backflip/etc. threads in the last week than I think I've ever seen on the site. It's ridiculous.