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#14183 - 03/13/04 11:26 PM How to Use the Search Function
David Offline
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There have been several questions about searching, recently, so I thought I'd explain a bit more how to use it. The version of InfoPop that we are using now has a far more powerful search capability.

Note the "Search" button on the main menu. Click it and you'll get a dialog box that looks like this:



In that box click on Advanced and you'll see this:



1. Select which forums you want to search. You can select more than one by holding down the command key (shift key for Mac users) while selecting.

2. Type the keywords you want to search for in the box.

3. You can use more advanced logic (see below), and selecting "Advanced search tips" will remind you of those commands.

4. Search only in the subject or the subject and the body.

5. If you want to find matching posts by a specific person, type their username in the box.

6. Select a timeframe, if you know it.

7. Decide whether you want to see the first few sentences of the results to help you narrow it down further.

Let's say you want to flush the brakes on your 1150RT. If you select the Oilheads forum, type "brake flushing" as search terms, and change the date range to newer than 5 years, here's what you get:



It's of little use because the search results will find any occurrence of "brake" or "flushing," But if we change the search field to...

+brake +flushing

...it will only find posts where both those words are found together (though not necessarily next to each other). That yields this:



But you see this and you say, "Ah! I remember that ltljohn posted a thread asking for help finding someone's brake bleed thread.

So let's change the search field just a bit and ask for "brake bleed" instead of brake flush.

...and put ltljohn in the username field, and we get this:



And there it is, the I Can't Find The Brake Bleed thread. Take a look at that thread and there is a response with the link to Jamie and Leslie's famous R1150RT brake bleed tutorial. ( Here is that link. It's a classic.


So, here's a summary of how to get the most of that search string:

A. Entering a single word will search for that word.

B. Enter two or more words will search for each word, as if you had an OR between them. So {flush brake} will find discussions of "how to flush toilets" and "I brake for insurance salesmen."

C. Entering two or more words with plus signs will search as if you have a AND between the words. So {+flush +brake} will only find posts where both words are used in the same post.

D. Entering two or more words in quote marks will search for the phrase. So {"flush brake"} will only find posts where those words are found right next to each other.

E. Entering two or more words with a minus sign will exclude words from the search. So {+flush +brake -toilet} will find posts about flushing your brakes, but will exclude posts about flushing your toilet! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

One small internet etiquette thing is to at least attempt a search before asking what is obviously a common question. The users around here are pretty patient, but if you listen carefully enough you can hear groans when someone asks a question that has been beat to death 1,455 times! <img src="/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif" alt="" />

Have fun!


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#14184 - 03/14/04 04:18 AM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: David]
KMG_365 Offline
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Wow! David that is really helpful!

Maybe now it will be easier for me to find the post folks are asking about so Jim Brink won't be able to bust my stones about how lazy I am!

Oh, and thanks for the example! Also, for folks who were looking for the collection of DIY service walk-throughs in one place, "boney" has collected them on his website here for the members' convenience! (The clutch bleed is not on boney's site, but you can find it here. Hey, I like this new feature! )
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#14185 - 03/15/04 03:28 AM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: KMG_365]
Tom F. (formerly boney) Offline
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Oh, sure... Point out that I've been slacking on getting the important content up on my site... But now, of course the Clutch Bleed is there too.

I'll get my but in gear and get some more stuff put up. Thanks for lighting the fire under my a$$.
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#14186 - 03/15/04 03:49 AM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: KMG_365]
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Quote:

Maybe now it will be easier for me to find the post folks are asking about so Jim Brink won't be able to bust my stones about how lazy I am!




You know I'll just find something else to gig you about...


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#14187 - 03/15/04 11:03 PM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: David]
Bprimm Offline
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Registered: 09/24/02
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Loc: Colorado, Larimer County
Thanks, David. Very detailed and helpful. I was only using the search at 75% capability.
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#14188 - 05/26/05 03:49 PM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: David]
belezar Offline
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Loc: Stokesdale, NC USA
David,

I have used the search feature a fair bit, and generally have found what I want and use & understand the modifiers. The thing I can't figure out is how to view more than one thread without having to redo the search. Highly possible I have missed something, but returning to my searches brings up a clean search, and by hitting back I always get a "cannot find the page" error. Is that a browser issue (Explorer 6.0 all updates) (I had used Firefox some, but too many of the sites I use don't support it)
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#14189 - 05/26/05 03:51 PM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: belezar]
David Offline
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Ken, your best bet is to use "tabbed" browsing which in effect opens a new window. So, do your search, and then "tab" any thread you want to explore. Then go through the tabs and find it.

Does that make sense?
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#14190 - 05/26/05 05:41 PM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: David]
belezar Offline
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Yes, except can I do that with MS Explorer?
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#14191 - 05/26/05 11:10 PM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: belezar]
David Offline
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Yes, I believe you can. At least Explorer on the Mac is "tabbed-capable."
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#14192 - 08/16/05 11:20 AM Re: How to Use the Search Function [Re: David]
John Moylan Offline
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David - thanks for the clarification, I was never very good at that whole and/or/either waffle in school anyway.....!!

But, I've searched for a post I wrote, some time back, on Final Drive Seal replacement. In the searches, drilled down as best I could, I find my post mentioned in others, but not the post itself.

For instance, HERE you'll see me replying to a question, with a link to the post in question I'm looking for. Obviously it was there, as several people found it.

Today, however, it's a 'not found'.........has it 'lapsed' due to age off the server, or am I missing something simple? (I would wager most likely on the latter...... )
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