It is often and rightly encouraged to use the search function before starting a new topic.
But just for example, when I want to report a typo and am looking for the thread “Please report any errors or typos!” I am typing “typos” in the quick search field, but the topic never appears in the top 5, even though by now it has 200+ replies.
So obviously it is desirable to weigh in the popularity of a thread, by reply and by views, to make the search more functional.
Maybe it’s on your to-do list already, but I just wanted to mention it, or maybe there is a thread about it already that I just couldn’t find
What I haven’t figured out is how, if at all, you can specify a subdomain (discourse.suttacentral.net) to be searched (or excluded). Also to narrow it down using “inurl:” “en” for example, or “sujato” as translator.
Oh, and somewhat related to the topic at hand, I find the capturing of “ctrl+f” by discourse kind of annoying. Since I’m usually just wanting to search occurences on the current page only and not across all of discourse; my hacky workaround is just to click into empty space in the bookmarks bar and then ctrl+f.
By the same token, adding inurl:en should help with narrowing down the results to a single language, though again there’s the problem of other possible url strings containing “en” like “tenets” or words in other Roman-scripted languages.