AudiogoN charging to use the full Search feature in Discussion Forums

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RPM123

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Not sure if this is the correct circle, but has anyone recently tried to use the "Search" feature in the AudiogoN Discussion Forums? Until about a week ago, it was easy to type in the brand name of any audio gear and (usually) find a fair amount of discussion associated with people's experience with that particular product. Now, you are lucky to find very few if any results. I was wondering WTF is going on here, when I opened an email from AudiogoN touting its new "Insider" program at "only" $10/month or $100/year, that allows one to browse with less moderation than the public forums. I look at this as a blatant attempt to throttle free browsing and steer users to a paid platform. I guess I will remain an AudiogoN "outsider".

https://www.audiogon.com/learn/insider?utm_campaign=Insiders__Top_Users_20180926&utm_content=top_users_intro_insider_lp&utm_medium=email&utm_source=zaius

who?me?

I saw those pop ups too on Agon.
I read part of them, then disregarded after it seemed like another sales ploy that I wasn't going to pay for anyway.

Agon has focussed more on selling "higher end" and thus more expensive gear since they changed ownership some 5 years ago.
This allows them to collect higher sales fees, and focus on catering to the 1%.

I have not seen the limited searching results that the OP describes. I see what I have seen the last 10 on Agon:
crappy search engine that will list your results starting first from 4 years ago ........, not helpful.

WGH

Maybe the Audiogon search is just lousy, the Google search engine burrows deeper into a forums and websites, in Google type in site:www.htpps://forum.audiogon.com after your search item.

example:
[audio gear brand name] site:www.htpps://forum.audiogon.com


Lifewire says type in the site:website URL first but it seems to work both ways

How to Search Within a Specific Website

Use Google's site: syntax followed by the website URL to restrict your search to find only results within that single website.

    Click in Google's search field.

    Type site: followed by the website URL you want to limit the search to. Make sure there's no space between site: and the website address.

    Follow the website URL with a single space and then type the search phrase.

    Press Return or Enter to begin the search.

You don't need to use the http:// or https:// portion of the website's URL, but it doesn't do any harm if you include it.
 

shadowlight

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As WGH mentioned using Google might work better.  Slightly better way to search Agon with Google is to add site:audiogon.com after your search.  Doing that will search everything that is under Agon domain and not just the forums section.

Tomy2Tone

I just experienced this looking for Klipsch speaker discussions. As mentioned I had to use google to search and discover relevant discussions I was trying to find on Audiogon.

MHL

I experienced it today for the first time.  I will not pay them for searching their forums.

Elizabeth

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There is a thread in Audiogon about the problem. Agon administration responded and wrote there is a problem. They are working on it.
I wrote and said I use Google to find stuff. It give agon and all sorts of other useful sites.
Same thing for Amazon. Amazon search is TERRIBLE!!! If I have something specific but not by brand name I want, Google is far better at finding in on Amazon, than Amazon is.