Search not working

On the Windows general forum, can’t search the listings older than July 31. What’s wrong?

That’s because there aren’t any postings from before then.

The old forums bellied-up and died.

lame emo tears

Why can’t I search for “export mp3”? All I get in response is

The following words in your search query were ignored because they are too common words: export mp3.
You must specify at least one word to search for. Each word must consist of at least 3 characters and must not contain more than 14 characters excluding wildcards.

Isn’t there a way to search for a phrase instead of just keywords? That would cut down on the commonness of the desired search. And besides, the search is supposed to help us find stuff in the forum, not tell us “you can’t do that because it’s too common”. It’s not like I’m searching for “a”, “of” or “the”.