How about leaving one of these topics open for once instead of calling your misinterpretation of the topic contents "the last word"?
Okay, so here's the problem. The search function on this site is completely broken. As in, it doesn't function at all. It sits there searching, with that damn filling-in-dog, until it just times out and says there's nothing found. It's done this for about a whole year now. And every time it's brought up by someone more literally challenged than I, a moderator just locks the topic and indicates that "it'll have to do". Well, it can't "just have to do" when it doesn't work at all. When it's completely incapable of functioning in any capacity.
I would be happy with just an engine that allows me to enter one single word; as most forum search engines are broken and end up searching for "OR"-based queries (search for "a rocket scientist" and it'll return any topic with the word "scientist", "rocket", or even "A" in it) and I've learned to cope. But the completely broken and nonfunctional BoardTracker is just an insult.
Google isn't a workable solution either, as Google traditionally ignores page links with a query structure following them (like index.php?showtopic=1). This means that unless there is another page on the internet that links to that page, Google will not "crawl" this forum and retrieve all possible topics and posts. It will only "crawl" particular pages that other people on the internet (that Google DOES crawl) link to. A little bit of SEO for you.
So, the question is posed once again: when will we get a working search function? I'm not asking the FAQ of "when will we get the old search back?". I'm asking for an alternative to BoardTracker, or a repair to BoardTracker that will actually make that work properly. Too much to ask?