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20. Using the Site Search Feature
Searching for a post older than 90 days
You can search the site from the top right of almost any page, or in any forum from the search box.
This search engine has its limitations: It will not search for phrases, or multiple words adjacent to each other. It also does not explicitly support Boolean searches, such as "Cable AND expensive", "router OR switch", etc.
Putting your search words in quotes does not work.
What are "stopwords"?The search functionality that IS provided is equivalent to a Boolean "AND" of each term you enter.
For example entering:Thanks to truckeean for this entry.
You can now construct a link to the Topic Search (upper right corner in each forum main page to search for a topic in a forum. Here's how:
where forum-name is the actual forum name, and topic is the topic you'd like to search. For example:
To search for all topics related "NetBEUI" in Networking forum, one would do:
Thanks to graffixx for this entry.
Why no longer than 60 days?
Paging through popular forums can be a big source of site timeouts. For the system to show you topics from 100-150 days ago, it must pull and sort in date order all topics in the last 6 months in that forum. That can take an excessive amount of time if the site is also busy, and during that time, nobody can post/edit/reply at all.
The more detail you can enter, the better chance of success your search will have. Entering the poster's name, selecting the appropriate forum, and using keywords as unique as possible will all assist in conducting a successful and more rapid search.
Do not use quotes ... they don't work.
Note: If you use ONE search word, the search will only check the first 5000 instances of that word, across ALL posts made site-wide regardless of user, and if the search word is even a little bit common, a warning is displayed that you need more terms. If you use TWO or more search words, and put the more uncommon word first, (this speeds the search, although not necessary), then you will see much better results.