Once again I have a different view, assuming I've read the posts correctly. I would have thought the percentage match is something left over from the dating script. Most searches on scripts and programs I've been involved with use a Wildcard Search and you reduce the results by offering as much as possible in the search query. Thus:
- W will find Watts, White, William and Williams
- WI will find William and Williams
- WILLIAM will find William and Williams
- WILLIAMS will find Williams (From what I can test)
My understanding is that the Basic Search function of Cheetah works this way.
I feel that offering additional choices only confuses the issue and I've isolated as many of the additional search features as I can. By using Anton's Searchable Fields hack in profiles, a member can find almost any matching profile way down to everyone with the same shoe size if they consider that important.
As the Searchable fields hack is just that, maybe Deano can write something similar for Cheetah without infringing on copyright. Somehow I don't think it would be too hard.
Search filters like City, State, Country are essential, but even these items can be easily found by doing a basic search. In fact, as far as Search is concerned I absolutely love the way my site does searches and each result such as City is shown in separate blocks: Members, Groups, Events, Clubs etc. It could not be better for me and that's one of the reasons I was first attracted to the script.