Joined: Feb. 2000
||Posted: Aug. 17 2005, 10:12
|Quote (Korgscrew @ Aug. 13 2005, 16:17)|
|The search facility can be helpful in finding things which seem to have gone walkies (though I must say, I find it can be a bit eccentric...Inkanta tells me she has no problems with it, so perhaps it's just me who's eccentric!.|
Hmmm....well there are a couple of things regarding the search feature that could be described as "eccentric," but it seems to work fairly well. Here are some suggestions:
Search keywords: Truncating, i.e., using wildcards, can get a bit funky. "Beacon" retrieves "beacon(?)" without the wildcard, but it may be ignoring (?)-type characters. BTW, you will get non-relevant retrievals. "Beacon" brings up "beacon of light," the "beacon" as in airplane lingo, etc. Using the "AND" operator can help, e.g., beacon and hergest; of course, this could also exclude potentially relevant items.
Type of Search: Select "posts and topics" if you are searching the forums.
Forums: Highlight "all open forums" (especially with us moving things sometimes, hehe). Note: This will retrieve both open and closed topics.
Search in: Choose "topic titles and posts." If this database were comprised of millions of posts, I might suggest restricting your search to the topic titles, but you'd really miss relevant items by doing this, unless you know beyond a doubt the name of a specific topic you are attempting to retrieve.
Search from: Select "this year and newer" or any of the other date options and "newer" ("this week" or "today" if your brand-new topic has suddenly gone missing). "Newer" seems to be the operative thing here. When I experimented using "Mike and Religion" because a) it was a new topic; b) it wouldn't yield thousands of retrievals, I couldn't retrieve it by "this week and older" or "this month and older" for that matter. I could get similar topics, but not the one started on 14 August. Searching "xxxx" and "newer" solves it. I suspect "this month and older" really means "older than this month."
"No such thing as destiny; only choices exist." From: Moongarden's "Solaris."