Fix or remove autocompletion for tags
Autocompletion is preventing the normal entering of tags.
When I search posts and type 'vaginal' and press 'enter', I get 'pussy_juice' and not 'vaginal'.
It should not interrupt or circumvent normal text entry.
Hey, here's how it goes
v a g i n a l (Enter)

fills in with the highlighted suggestion, or the tag alias.

v a g i n a l (space)

Doesn't change anything.

Spaces go between tags and underscores are spaces. so don't write "blonde hair" write "blond_hair"

Click "Wiki" at the top of your page and read everything on the screen, this should help somewhat. If it doesn't help, then we have a problem that should be addressed.

In the future please put suggestions in the suggestion box on the forum (it's a sticky).

P.S.
I no one is gonna want to answer this question who isn't sympathetic to your issues, especially when you could have figured it out on your own. I suggest reading before clicking, you wouldn't walk aimlessly through a grocery store to find bread when there is literally an aisle labeled "Bread". If you can't find what you're looking for on the wiki or help page, or your problem is specific and not with Lolibooru's utility then go make a suggestion to edit something.
Alacaster said:
Hey, here's how it goes
v a g i n a l (Enter)

fills in with the highlighted suggestion, or the tag alias.

v a g i n a l (space)

Doesn't change anything.

Spaces go between tags and underscores are spaces. so don't write "blonde hair" write "blond_hair"

Click "Wiki" at the top of your page and read everything on the screen, this should help somewhat. If it doesn't help, then we have a problem that should be addressed.

In the future please put suggestions in the suggestion box on the forum (it's a sticky).

P.S.
I no one is gonna want to answer this question who isn't sympathetic to your issues, especially when you could have figured it out on your own. I suggest reading before clicking, you wouldn't walk aimlessly through a grocery store to find bread when there is literally an aisle labeled "Bread". If you can't find what you're looking for on the wiki or help page, or your problem is specific and not with Lolibooru's utility then go make a suggestion to edit something.
It's still not behaving as it's supposed to IMO. When I type in "animated" only and press enter, I expect it to search for that tag as is, *not* replace it with a suggested tag.

Google's search gives me autocomplete suggestions too, but it does not replace the input unless I specifically highlight the suggested keywords.

Note: This behaviour seems to only happen if the keyword you're searching for isn't placed at the top of the suggestion list. I'm not sure what determines the order of the list, e.g. using "animated" example just now, when I input it the autocomplete spat out mp4 (mp4_animated) instead. The next time I typed in "animated" again, it's already there at the top of the list and when I press enter it gives me what I want instead of replacing it with mp4. Perhaps it remembers your recent searches and gives it priority, but it sure as hell is annoying when you're searching for a keyword for the first time and it replaces it with something else you weren't looking for.
Just press space after typing to search for exactly what you typed entered instead of autocompleting. It's not hard to remember, and it's easier than bitching about software no one is really working on anymore. Google works differently precisely because spaces are part of the search query instead of combining individual tags
altuser said:
The next time I typed in "animated" again, it's already there at the top of the list and when I press enter it gives me what I want instead of replacing it with mp4. Perhaps it remembers your recent searches and gives it priority, but it sure as hell is annoying when you're searching for a keyword for the first time and it replaces it with something else you weren't looking for.
Yes, that's precisely what happens. You can then click on the X next to it to forget the suggestion.
I'm already used to it, and it doesn't bother me at all, but I guess it's a bit counter intuitive...
Life_isn't_fair said:
I'm already used to it, and it doesn't bother me at all, but I guess it's a bit counter intuitive...
You're a very kind person
Alacaster said:
You're a very kind person
The need to point this out is a problem.
Life_isn't_fair said:
The need to point this out is a problem.
Maybe?? I mean you were more kind than I was being. I used neutral language until the end where I was sort of condescending.

What do you mean? Like I was more interested in my self-presentation and you were focusing on the receivers experience. Me not being as kind is a problem, but how is saying that you're kind a problem?
pornaddict1 said:
Google works differently precisely because spaces are part of the search query instead of combining individual tags
That's not the point, the point is it shouldn't automatically replace the search terms with that from the list. The workaround is simple enough, but there shouldn't have to be one in the first place. It's just a Quality of Life request.

pornaddict1 said:
...it's easier than bitching about software no one is really working on anymore.
What else am I going to do on this site other than sift through fapping material.

Alacaster said:
You're a very kind person
Life_isn't_fair said:
The need to point this out is a problem.
Alacaster said:
Maybe?? I mean you were more kind than I was being. I used neutral language until the end where I was sort of condescending.

What do you mean? Like I was more interested in my self-presentation and you were focusing on the receivers experience. Me not being as kind is a problem, but how is saying that you're kind a problem?
If it helps, the responses in this thread hardly bother me compared to the mild irritation I get from the search bar from time to time. So whether either of you think you should be more kinder or less forgiving in your posts don't have to apply to me. Please carry on as usual.
Alacaster said:
Me not being as kind is a problem, but how is saying that you're kind a problem?
I just think it should be the default mode online, not something that deserves being pointed out, but whatever, it doesn't change that much anyway. I'm actually the reverse from most people, I'm kind online but a jerk irl, while normally people are kind irl but jerks online, at least in my experience.

altuser said:
That's not the point, the point is it shouldn't automatically replace the search terms with that from the list. The workaround is simple enough, but there shouldn't have to be one in the first place. It's just a Quality of Life request.
Like pornaddict1 pointed out, basically no one is working on Moebooru anymore, so functional stuff is kinda hard to change. But that's why there's the convocation for PHP programmers on the top of the page: to help fix and improve this dead project. However, if volunteers don't do anything, stuff won't change. I guess you could DM some of the users that posted on that topic to discuss the viability of the changes.
altuser said:
That's not the point, the point is it shouldn't automatically replace the search terms with that from the list. The workaround is simple enough, but there shouldn't have to be one in the first place. It's just a Quality of Life request.
Well how would you propose we accomplish what auto fill accomplishes? You don't have a catalog of every possible tag search stored in your brain so if you were to search anything it's likely there will be no images under it. the tag is compared letter for letter ignoring case so you have to put in the exact tag. If you don't you'll be a chicken.

the auto fill takes your ideas and translates them into constraints that can narrow down what images it retrieves, it's either auto fill suggestions (personally I've never had a problem with it after the first time) or some complicated parser that no one's going to make.
Alacaster said:
Well how would you propose we accomplish what auto fill accomplishes? You don't have a catalog of every possible tag search stored in your brain so if you were to search anything it's likely there will be no images under it. the tag is compared letter for letter ignoring case so you have to put in the exact tag. If you don't you'll be a chicken.

the auto fill takes your ideas and translates them into constraints that can narrow down what images it retrieves, it's either auto fill suggestions (personally I've never had a problem with it after the first time) or some complicated parser that no one's going to make.
The problem isn't with the autocomplete list being generated, the problem is it's replacing the legitimate tags you wanted to search with a different one from the list, *without* the user directing it to do so. If I wanted to use the tags from the autocomplete, I can just select it from the list if necessary.

I think you're not understanding the problem. So let me try to illustrate it again:
This is what I type in exactly into the search bar: animated
I press enter, then this replaces what I typed: mp4

Why should this even happen? If I wanted to search for mp4, that is what I'll type. If I wanted to include the tag from the suggested tags list, I'll click on it.

Heck, if I wanted to search for a non-existant tag, I should be allowed to do so and it will tell me there's nobody but chickens, thus informing me that the tag does not exist instead of replacing it with something I wasn't looking for.
I think the basic issue here can be boiled down to: typing something, then pressing enter, shouldn't autocomplete as the default behavior.

For accessibility reasons, keyboard shortcuts for functionality need to be a thing. Some people are physically incapable of using a mouse, or at least using one accurately, and rely on keyboard controls to navigate the web. But that doesn't mean it has to work exactly like this.

My proposed alternative, assuming anyone even has control of this, is to make it so that the autocomplete box appears but that no items in it are selected for entry by default - instead, the user would need to press the down arrow to select one. Or whatever swipe motion already navigates between items in mobile.

That's assuming anyone even has control of it though, which isn't guaranteed when using a codebase not your own.