Hello Jeff! I hope you don’t mind, I moved this to the Letters to the COW Team forum.
As Tim likes to say, we think of the website in its current state as Creative COW .9. It’s not yet even at its 1.0 condition.
Moving 25 years of COW from one platform to another has been no small feat, and it is still happening. We have a certain order of operations that must come to pass in order to accomplish all that we have envisioned. Indeed, the search function is on course to be improved immensely, and not just up to the standard that you enjoyed in the old COW. Pretty soon, search will encompass tutorials, press releases, related jobs, and the new parts of the COW that are still under development.
We have left behind 25 years of code for greener pastures, and yet the new software does not come stock with every feature that we would like right out the gate. The great news is the COW is able to change and get better every day, all it takes is the time for us to build it out.
Thank you for asking this question, as I am sure that many were curious about the search function, but had not yet asked. I will post this here for everyone to see. Ultimately the answer is: a better search is only a matter of time! Meanwhile, we hope you enjoy the new features that are a far cry above the old COW, such as the mobile formatting!
6 months later, and this issue persists. I am baffled at the choice of forum software that doesn’t include a basic search function. Used to love this site, now it only pokes me in the eye every time I come back. Visits are fewer and farther between, because the utility is GONE.