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Old 11-23-2007, 09:08 AM
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I fully expect that this thread will be moved to the help section of the forum and hopefully, worthy of a sticky thread. If it does get moved, you will find the Help Section of the forum here:

http://forums.corvetteforum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=31

I wanted to post it here in C6 general to help out anyone who may need it first. I see a lot of folks write that they "searched and turned up nothing."

Over the years I've learned a few tricks about the search engine that can turn it from a frustrating experience to a useful tool. Let's walk through a few screen shots that will illustrate an effective way to maximize your chances of success when you set out to search the forum.

Sorry if this is old news for some, but many new members have joined and not everyone is familiar with or comfortable with the forum search tool. I hope it helps a few. Let's get started.



The search button is at the top right of the page, just to the left of your login information.



Once you click on it you will see a search dialog box pop up.



Important lesson #1, click on the words "advanced search" at the bottom of that box. The default search will not be as inclusive as the advanced search and you have a better chance of finding what you are looking for. Once you click on advanced search a new screen will appear.



Click on the specific section of the forum that you think the thread or the information was posted on. In this case I have selected the C6 General Discussion Section which you can see highlighted. You can broaden your search area by clicking on the C6 Corvette, 2005-??? line but make sure you select the check box labelled Also search in child forums to include all of the forums under that header.



Important Lesson #2. The forum search engine will not recognize searches of less than three characters. In the search box, try to be as complete as possible with words that you remember from the post you are looking for.

Important Lesson #3. The forum software will archive threads after a few months. If you don't check the "Archive" box, you will not firnd what you are looking for if it is older than that. Always use the archive search, it will expand the search area and increase your chance for finding what you want. Leave the other settings in this area at their default selection for now. You can further explore what these do once you get comfortable searching with the defaults.

Here is a photo with those areas circled.



At this point you can hit the search now button at the bottom of the page and check your results. If your search doesn't return any results or if you want to refine your search a little more to narrow the pool of results there are still a couple of things that you can do.

Important Lesson #4

Consider searching by user name. At the top right of the page is the Search by User Name box. Click your cursor in that box and begin typing the letters of the user that you think made the post or started the thread.



As you begin to type the forum will search the active user database and return a list of similar names that contain the characters that you have typed. If you see the name you want on the list you can click on it and it will select that user.



You have the option at this point of selecting "posts by that user" or "Threads started by that user" to further refine that search.



Whatever you choose, press search now to begin your search. If everything worked according to plan your results should look something like this.



Now you still have to go through the results to find what you may have been looking for but at least you can rest assured that the threads that come have the keyword or phrase that you searched for. In the thread results, your keyword will be highlighted in red.

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Old 11-23-2007, 09:11 AM
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Much need and very very well done
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:13 AM
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Nicely done Paul!
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:23 AM
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Nicely done. Helped me out !

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Old 11-23-2007, 09:27 AM
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Now we need a tutorial on reading the owners manual.
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:30 AM
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Nice job, does it come w/a simple point-n-click feature?
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:cheers Thanks I needed that!
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Originally Posted by johnodrake View Post
Nicely done Paul!
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Old 11-23-2007, 09:53 AM
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Good info Paul - picked up a tip myself.
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Thanks, Paul, that's a great tutorial on the Search function of the Forum. I use it often, but you've taught me some things I didn't know about it.
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You da man!!!.............Thanks
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Good grief, now who would EVER read the "help" section (even if I knew where it was)?

This is a very helpful post; thanks Paul. I think for once and espec. around now, it would be "helpful" to have it stay here in General for awhile.

To paraphrase, "...that others might learn".
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I have the search for 'key words' down pretty well, but I'm having difficulty searching for 'phrases'. For example, how do you search for JACK STANDS without finding all the threads on a floor 'Jack'? Also, on some other websites I can place a minus sign (-) directly in front of a word (e.g. -floor) to avoid it being in my search results. Does this Forum search have that capability? Thank you.

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This doesn't seem to work post upgrade. There is no box to check for "archives."
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Originally Posted by Paranoid View Post
This doesn't seem to work post upgrade. There is no box to check for "archives."
I noticed that as well. It seems that archives are now searched by default and included in the results.
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I know I am reviving this from the dead but I figured it belonged here rather than making a new thread.




When I search for a word and use SEARCH TITLE ONLY

It brings back results without the word in the title.
Is there something wrong with the search function?

I am running on Firefox on a PC.

I am having a very hard time finding anything.
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Originally Posted by 70Yellowbird View Post
I have the search for 'key words' down pretty well, but I'm having difficulty searching for 'phrases'. For example, how do you search for JACK STANDS without finding all the threads on a floor 'Jack'? Also, on some other websites I can place a minus sign (-) directly in front of a word (e.g. -floor) to avoid it being in my search results. Does this Forum search have that capability? Thank you.
I still haven't figured that one out.
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Originally Posted by 70Yellowbird View Post
I have the search for 'key words' down pretty well, but I'm having difficulty searching for 'phrases'. For example, how do you search for JACK STANDS without finding all the threads on a floor 'Jack'? Also, on some other websites I can place a minus sign (-) directly in front of a word (e.g. -floor) to avoid it being in my search results. Does this Forum search have that capability? Thank you.
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I still haven't figured that one out.
The best way to search the corvette forum is to search it through google. Just type "Jack Stands corvetteforum" and you'll get much, much better results.
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