I added a new Google search box over on the sidebar. It's only on the default desktop style right now but it might appear on the mobile version also, depending on feedback and performance.
I'm always seeing complaints - mainly from forum owners - about the native search functions in forum software. Many boards have dropped them altogether and replaced them with Google site searches, so I figured I'd give it a try.
The first difference I noticed is that it's way faster than the native search, and maybe more thorough. The second difference is that there's ads at the top, but hey, that's the way Google works. The third is that it's heavily weighted to the search term being in the title, where the native search weighs all instances equally. So a search for "criminal media" might give you 5 year old posts with that term in the title first and one from yesterday where it was in a post might be listed on the 5th page. I guess that shows the importance of a good title.
Search results show over the current page, so you'll still have the option of right-clicking and opening the link in a new tab if you don't want to leave the page. And the standard search is still available if you prefer it or if you want to try both.
All feedback on the search box is welcome. Feedback on other subjects, not so much.
Don't look at me, I just work here.