Search Feature 101 or: Want your thread to be replied and FOUND?

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Search Feature 101 or: Want your thread to be replied and FOUND?

Postby Pelicanito » Thu Apr 30, 2009 7:08 pm

There's been a lot of thread killing recently. This is tiring for both members and mods. I usually provide a link to the existing threads on the same topic, when I close them, but I don't always have the time to do it, and when I don't, I get nothing but nice PMs about it. :rolleyes:

When members register they are supposed to read, understand and follow the rules of the board. This includes doing a search before creating a new thread.

Now, it's not always easy to find a thread, I know. That's why I am asking you to think about your thread titles, that will allow everyone to find them, reply to them, or find them in the future.

For example:
[INDENT]"Do you think....?"
"Can you give me your opinion...?"
"I found this today..."
"A petition"
"This is awesome!!"
"Can you help me?"
[/INDENT]are BAD titles. Try being more specific:
[INDENT] "Martin singing Sister of Night"
"Peace live version"
"New interview on Rolling Stone magazine"
"Help me with the message board people!"
"Petition for Ghost to be released as single"
[/INDENT]Note, the use of nouns, titles and/or names increases the chances for your thread to be found.

Try using the search feature on the top of every forum page. It's easy:

1. Select Advanced search options.

2. Enter your key word (more than 3 characters) and select Search Titles Only. Choose your key word wisely, use a noun, a name, a title.

That's it. If you remember the exact phrase or words, then you'll do fine with the "Search Entire Posts" option.

It's ok if you want to be a thread starter, but do a search first. There are so many threads that chances are, the topic you want to talk about has already been covered. Thanks.
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Postby Pelicanito » Tue Jun 23, 2009 2:54 pm

If you have any doubts, questions, suggestions and/or tips about searching share them here.
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Postby ANTONY1 » Mon Aug 10, 2009 8:57 am

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AND YOU CAN CHANGE A VOTE...
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Postby jen mathis » Sat Jan 23, 2010 1:22 am

:)
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Postby Pelicanito » Sat Jan 23, 2010 2:02 am

jen mathis wrote::)


Wow is that a show of appreciation? ;)

I have a bit more about the fine art of searching: Search this thread

Now that threads can get very long, there's a feature which allows you to search within that specific thread.

Look at the top of the thread, just below the page numbering.

There's an advanced section in this feature.

Give it a try.
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Postby Pelicanito » Wed Mar 31, 2010 4:23 pm

Suggestion: When doing a search try several terms that could be related. For example 101 can't be used as a term because is too short, but you could use Pasadena, Rose Bowl, june 1988, etc.

Think about related words if your first try was not that fruitful.
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Postby Patty » Thu Apr 15, 2010 12:42 pm

Pelicanito wrote:There's been a lot of thread killing recently. This is tiring for both members and mods. I usually provide a link to the existing threads on the same topic, when I close them, but I don't always have the time to do it, and when I don't, I get nothing but nice PMs about it. :rolleyes:

When members register they are supposed to read, understand and follow the rules of the board. This includes doing a search before creating a new thread.

Now, it's not always easy to find a thread, I know. That's why I am asking you to think about your thread titles, that will allow everyone to find them, reply to them, or find them in the future.

For example:
[INDENT]"Do you think....?"
"Can you give me your opinion...?"
"I found this today..."
"A petition"
"This is awesome!!"
"Can you help me?"
[/INDENT]are BAD titles. Try being more specific:
[INDENT]"Martin singing Sister of Night"
"Peace live version"
"New interview on Rolling Stone magazine"
"Help me with the message board people!"
"Petition for Ghost to be released as single"
[/INDENT]Note, the use of nouns, titles and/or names increases the chances for your thread to be found.

Try using the search feature on the top of every forum page. It's easy:

1. Select Advanced search options.

2. Enter your key word (more than 3 characters) and select Search Titles Only. Choose your key word wisely, use a noun, a name, a title.

That's it. If you remember the exact phrase or words, then you'll do fine with the "Search Entire Posts" option.

It's ok if you want to be a thread starter, but do a search first. There are so many threads that chances are, the topic you want to talk about has already been covered. Thanks.


Hi Pelicanito,

Thanks for the explanation about the threads. It's very useful information.:):)
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Postby matthew andrews » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:15 pm

ok help me, I tried searching for posts titled "exciter" (in one way or another) as I wanted to give praise to this album. but im assuming someone may have done this before. so far i havent had any luck. ive tried typing "exciter" in the search feature under both posts and threads but no look so far. were am i going wrong?
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Postby matthew andrews » Fri Apr 13, 2012 2:51 pm

my bad, worked it out
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Postby mar_deepmode » Wed Mar 20, 2013 6:13 am

hey, Pelicanito.
I also found "sticky" very useful ;-)
And thank you for all the clean up mods do.
Connecting similar threads helps traceability and avoid duplicates. The problem of having a main thread of, for example, "post your doubt here" is what you've referred... thread can go gigantic!
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