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Mayde
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Post by Mayde »

Thank you *haileystar* for at least trying to use the Search Feature. I know that the search feature can be difficult at times, especially when you first learn to use it, but I'm sure you'll get the hang of it in no time. Also, thank you Abigail. Those were some great tips.

Before I put in my two cents, *haileystar*, can you please edit your first post and change the title to something like "Search Feature Tips" so that other people know what this thread is about? Thanks.

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Some tips:
1) Try to use specific keywords because that will help narrow down your search (e.g. if you are searching for Bella's car, try using the keywords "Bella truck red".)

2) Try using different keywords for a particular search (e.g. if you are searching for Edward's stubborness, try using the keywords "Edward stubborness", "Edward stubborn", or "Edward very stubborn" :wink: )

3) Try not to put in more than 3-4 keywords.

4) Under the keyword field, there are two options "Search for any terms or use query as entered" or "Search for all terms". I usually use "Search for all terms" because it narrows the search even more. However, if you are unsure about your keywords, use "Search for any terms or use query as entered".

5) Another thing is the forums. If you know which forum you want, choose the appropriate one in the Forum dropbox (e.g. if you are searching for an actor like Emily Browning, I would use the keywords "Emily Browning", choose "Search for all terms", and select the "Hollywood Hideout" Forum.)

6) Never give up!

I really hope this helps,
Mayde
Last edited by Mayde on Mon Apr 30, 2007 4:52 pm, edited 2 times in total.
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Post by Mayde »

Thanks Kissa01. I'll try to think of more and post them here.

EDIT: Tutorial - What is it?
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1. This is the Link to the Search Page. It is located underneath the Twilight Lexicon picture on all the forum pages.

2. This is the Keyword field. You enter the keywords you are looking for.

3. This is the Type of Keyword Search option. It tells you how you will be searching for the keywords. You can select "Search for any terms or use query as entered", which means the result will include any of the keywords OR you can select "Search for all terms", which means the results MUST have all of the keywords.

4. This is the Author field. You can search for a particular user and find their post.

5. This is the Forum field. You can choose a particular forum to search. Click on the drop-down menu and select your forum.

6. This is the Category field. This is similar to the Forum Field, except that each category contains multiple forums.

7. This is the Display Results As option. You can choose how your results will be displayed, either by "Posts" OR "Topics".

8. This is the Search Previous option. You can choose how far back you want to search, such as 1 week back, 1 month back, etc.

9. This is the Search Where option. You can choose where in the post you want to search for keywords. You can selected either "Search topic title and text message" OR you can select "Search text message only".

10. This is the Sort By option. You can choose how you want to sort your results such as by time, subject, author, etc.

11. This the Sort Order option. You can choose in what order, either "Ascending" OR "Descending", you want your results to be sorted in.

12. This is the Return First option. You can choose how many characters you want displayed for each post when you get your results.

13. This is the Search button. You click this after you have finished customizing your search. Hopefully, after this step, you find what you are looking for. If not, try again :D
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Post by Alice's Grandma »

I've read through the tips and didn't see this question:

Is it possible to put in both author and key words to narrow your search? I tried to do this to find a specific post I wrote, but the search engine wouldn't comply. Was I doing something wrong or is it impossible?

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Post by Mayde »

Hi Alice's Grandma, you can indeed put in both the author and keywords to narrow your search. If you are looking for a specific post that you wrote, I suggest you select "Posts" for the "Display results as" option. That way you won't have to wade through all the posts in a thread. ALso, remember that if your keywords are too general, then the Search goes crazy. Hope this helps!

ALso, free feel to PM me anytime. I usually check the site once a day (yes, I'm obsessed), so if I don't answer a post within about two days that means that I probably missed it. Then feel free to spam me until I answer :D
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Post by irunwithvampires »

I'd appreciate if someone could help me out with this---can you search for users? If so, where?
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Post by Eri »

I think you can search the posts made by a specific user but i don't know whether you can search a user per se :roll:
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Mayde
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Post by Mayde »

I agree with Eri. You can search for posts made by a specific user. But once you find that, you can easily find the user's profile. When you search, just put the username in the "Author" field and choose 'Posts' in the "Display results as" field. Press 'Search'. When the search results show up, each result should have a link to the person's profile (as well as a link to the Forum and thread where the post was made). From the profile, you can access the user's information, including all their posts. Feel free to PM me if you need more help.
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Post by irunwithvampires »

Thank you so much, that defintely helped :]
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Post by love2dream »

When you search on google (or the like) you can use "", (), -, * etc. Do these work here?

Example: bella's red truck
If you want to see posts that have these EXACT words in this EXACT order, you put them in quotes. "bella's red truck"

If you want either this or that you use (). bella's red (truck, car)

If you don't want something, you use -. bella's truck -red

Using bell* red truck, will give you listings with different eddings on Bell (like Bella, Bella's, or Bell's).

I'm just going to play around with the search and see if these work. I thought others might like to know, though.

I just checked the above tools and they DIDN'T work. Are there any that do? Thanks.
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Post by Mayde »

I'm sad to say no. Although it says that you can use "AND", "OR", "NOT", and "*", it never works for me. So I usually have to choose my keywords very, very carefully. Also, make use of the Search Options. That helps narrow down the search.

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