i wanted to give a little feedback on the new forum search.
i kind of get why people wished for this change in the display of the search results, but i think it does more harm than good and it's quite obstructive. at least to my workflow in the forum - so this might be a very personal experience.
here is why:
i've been using the forum extensively in the last month, using it to build my first real plugin. i had (and still have) tons of questions and problems to solve. but i rarely had to open new topics, because this forum is so rich and full of good examples. i would just enter a search and crawl through the results and code snippets. with the new condensed search results it feels super impractical to me now. lets say i search for some terms, that wont show up in the title but only further down. now the term is hidden in the shortened part of the search result. i have to hover over the post to unfold it. if it's a long post my term will still be off screen, so i have to scroll down this post. and repeat this with 10 posts per site. all this unfolding and folding makes it quite hard to keep track of where i'm at, instead of focusing on the real task at hand: finding the an answer to my search. it feels like all the gems and knowledge i could stumble upon is now hidden in tiny little boxes. - with the old style, i could calmly scroll down an catch everything. even if it was a long scroll.
i really don't want to be dismissive about how other people need the search to work, but for me it took just a few hours and my brain refused using the search function.
so, i would kindly ask to revert this change.
or even better, maybe there could be a checkbox in the advanced search setting - this way everyone could get what they wanted.