I too agree that it lacks something in the way of being user friendly but I have found that if I include a wild card (*) in my searches, both before and after my search criteria, it actually works very well. There are limits set that determine how may hits will be returned. I forget what that limit is, perhaps 250 or 500.
You can refine the search criteria to a certain time period or a specific forum if you wish or you can search the entire site in so far as your permissions allow.
Because the software that powers the site is not proprietary to MaleSurvivor we have no control over the functionality of the search capabilities.
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