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Activity Search doesn't find existing activities by keywords

I wanted to get more information about a low key trail running event so I did activity search by a closest city (that is a trail event that starts at a trailhead) and event name. Surprisingly I got back no results even though I know there must be some. To verify I went to my friend profile and found the actual last year event activity record there. From there I looked at segments and found more activities from the same date. Many of these activities had the exact event name but still no much.

I am sure that isn't the problem with location because I was getting pretty far away activities when I searched for a more general keyword. 

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  • Official comment

    We've updated many of our search features since this discussion was created, including activity search. At this time, keywords are required for searching activities and entering a location is optional. Searching by location only is not possible at this time. 

    Get in touch with us directly if you're still not finding the activities you're expecting when using the search. 

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  • I have been trying to find "Activity Search" function on the website, but it has disappeared. Its been one of the most useful functionality of Strava premium accounts. Please restore this function asap!!!

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  • First, searching on my own activities yields terrible results.   For instance, if I put in a search for the word "Torrey" on a Sport type of Hike, I get back 7 results starting in 2014 and ending in 2015.  Why isn't my hike from 1/15/18 being entitled "Torrey Pines to Blacks Beach to Salk during LOW TIDE" being returned???    I also tried searching for it with the keywords "Blacks" and "Pines" instead but neither of those searches returned this hike.    And yet it is there if I look through all of my hikes manually.   What is going on??  PLEASE FIX

    Secondly, one of the most valuable things about Strava was so that others could search for my hikes and bike rides based on keywords, and so that I could search on others.   It was a great way to find routes for rides and hikes, and also to get an idea of how much time it would take to complete them.    PLEASE BRING THIS BACK.

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  • Where has the activity search feature gone, im trying to find other peoples activities for an upcoming race to recce. Just signed for premium account to do this, if this has been removed then how do i get a refund

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  • I agree.  Searching you're own activities yields unimpressive results.  Searching Alpe only brings up one of my 3 rides with Alpe in the title.

     

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  • Same here.  I do an Activity Search and search for words in the name of the ride, and Strava doesn't find it.   Very frustrating.

     

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  • I need to cancel my subsrciption. You could disable searching at some locations... Or there could be other solutions, but taking away one of the most useful features, its not accaptable.

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  • This is so annoying. For me, it was one of the great things about Strava. I was able to check the course of the races I had signed up. This is definitely a very bad decision if they decide to get rid of it. Another reason not to use Strava.

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  • Being able to search activities in new areas (and download the gpx files) was the only reason I have a strava premium account. Can you add back this functionality? 

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  • Yes, searching for interesting runs, by location, then getting the associated GPX file so I could navigate using my watch was THE feature that made me pay for premium.

    The use case - as some others have commented previously - is to investigate a run/race, not just one you've run before.

    It would be great to bring this back. Any update from the "letter to the community" post?

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  • Sigh look like the key word search is still a problem!!!!  Strava, I love you but why couldn't you fix this?  I name some of my workouts with the same name so I can search and compare my program at a glance under My Activities.  For example, I *manually* counted 8 activities with the keyword "Chestnut" in it, but when I did a simple keyword search it returned only 3.  Also, the filter stopped working too!!  I would first filter for "Ride" and then "Workout", and only a subset of these rides would show up.  When I filter "Workout", bunch of "Weight Training" activities would show up.  I really want to sign up for Summit to have more analysis capabilities, but I am not doing so until all of these ACTIVITY SEARCH ISSUES ARE RESOLVED!  Please listen to us Strava!  This is such BASIC function for someone to use the app and the problems have been going on forever...  Makes me so sad and disappointed.

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  • Same problem here. Very frustrating.

    When i ride a particular trail, i save the activity by the place's name, following by the date. When i search for activity by this name, i don't get all activities, and, sometimes, zero at all.

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  • Same here... Search of my activities doesn't work at all

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  • I suddenly don't see activity search at all anymore - only segment. Did they get rid of this functionality? I really hope not, this is a hugely helpful part of Strava to study races and find new places to ride.. 

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  • I used to love searching for trail routes around me depending on what i felt like doing. I can’t understand I can’t even search routes around me... or even get the search activity page to come up.

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  • As I have already asked, how do I get a refund, I have purchased something under false information, Strava did not let me know this feature had been remove when I purchased premier! 

     

    Please let me know how to get a refund!

     

    Regards Stuart G

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  • The function is very frustrating. I like to tour and do different parkruns here in the UK and before I go I like to find out what corner of a park the start is and the elevation etc. Mostly when I search activities the results I get are a list of my own activities rather than what I want. eg: "Sheffield Hallam parkrun" or "Humber Bridge parkrun" I get either no results or just my activities. 

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  • Unbelievable - just because some dumb grunt used strava whilst running around their 'top secret' installation means everyone has to suffer - this was one of Stravas most useful features. Please just put blanket Privacy settings around sensitive places, and restore this function?

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  • Terrible decision to get rid of activity search. People THEMSELVES should take care of sensitive info. TURN OF STRAVA if you dont want to have other people to see what you are doing. Strava will kill fun by disabling activity search.

     

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  • Agreed - please bring back the ability to search ALL activities by keyword or location.  Not just mine. 

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  • The whole reason I signed up for premium was for the activity search.  Please bring it back.  Very frustrating.

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  • Many issues:

     

    - searching by keyword+all activities returns 94 items

    - searching by no keyword+activity returnds 151 (while all the above activities have the aforementioned keyword in it)

    - searching by keyword+activity returns ZERO activities

     

    this is really really weird and seems so easy to address, could you please update on it

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  • Come on Strava! When is this issue going to be fixed? A WHOLE YEAR later and we still can’t search by keywords! You literally have to type out the whole title, and it still doesn’t work at times. Seriously! I can’t emphasize enough just how easy of a fix this is on a programming level, yet it takes you YEARS to fix these sorts of issues! Another example is syncing Apple Watch Activities to Strava! I mean if the developers of RunGap have done it, who you probably can’t even compare to a company like Strava Inc. then I am truly at a loss for words how Strava still hasn’t been able to do it after literally another YEAR! A YEAR!

    For once stop focusing all your efforts on bringing out new, neat little features that most users don’t even use, and fix your existing features’ bugs as they are causing your community a lot of frustration! I am honestly fed up with Strava not listening to their community and the lack of engagement from their support staff.

     

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  • Seems like searching activities now only returns a list of *My activities*. Has the search feature been eliminated? Or does it now require premium membership?

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  • Agree that the pre-2017 activity search was fantastic. That is, until it was watered down which showed only your activities or you had to enter special keywords to get it work. So frustrating.  I would like to see Strava bring back the full activity search to it's pre 2017 glory.  An easy fix would be to set everyone's account to "private" and you would opt-in to make it a "public" view. 

    This would allow the idiots and bone-heads that are incapable of changing their settings to keep bumbling through life. Along with the Create-your-own-route and Beacon, the Activity search (full version) was a fantastic tool.  Don't see why one should continue the Premium membership if all these features are disappearing.

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  • Bring back full activity search!!!!

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  • So, is there an update to this.

     

    Incredibly useful feature that without it certainly makes me re-think premium.

     

     

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  • Hi Elle, can you please provide an update on this with immediate effect. It's been over 4 months since you wrote:

    We are reviewing features that were originally designed for athlete motivation and inspiration to ensure they cannot be compromised by people with bad intent. Read this letter to the Strava community

    How long is this review going to take? Why does everyone who signed up to Premium, such as myself, have to suffer because of the actions of a few irresponsible American soldiers in Afghanistan? Can you please publicise an update to let your paying customers know what is going on. The lack of communication smacks of incompetence and a lack of customer care.
    I/we look forward to hearing back from you.
    Regards,
    Jon



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  • Without this feature, the app is worthless to me. I am cancelling my Premium subscription.

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  • What a pity we can't search activities anymore, it was clearly the most interesting feature of Strava.
    Why is it the total blackout from strava team about it ?

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