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~ Using the Search Effectively ~

Discussion in 'General Figure Talk' started by gordy, Nov 24, 2009.

  1. gordy Well-Known Member


    Several folks have asked about making better use of the search feature, so here we go :)

    The forum uses full-text indexing on it's database, full-text indexing let's you the user craft simple "boolean" (technical term ;) ) searches as simple queries. Note: Some other forums don't full-text their forums so this may not work there.

    Also planetFigure is intensively indexed by Google and a well crafted Google search can yield similar (if not better sometimes search results!) Note: Some other forums don't allow google to index their site so this may not work there.

    The examples below show planetFigure's search capabilities:

    The following examples demonstrate some search strings that use boolean full-text operators:

    humbrol AND milliput
    Find threads that contain at least one of the two words.

    result: http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/showthread.php?t=31720&highlight=humbrol vallejo

    humbrol NOT vallejo
    Find threads that contain the word “humbrol” but not “vallejo”.

    result: http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/showthread.php?t=32219&highlight=humbrol

    Finds threads that contain words such as “artillery”, “artilleries” or even “artillery-sauce” !

    result: http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29610&highlight=artiller*

    "rifle green"
    Find rows that contain the exact phrase “rifle green” (for example, rows that contain “some words of wisdom” but not “some noise words”). Note that the ‘"’ characters that enclose the phrase are operator characters that delimit the phrase. They are not the quotes that enclose the search string itself.

    result: http://www.planetfigure.com/forums/showthread.php?t=22945&highlight=rifle green


    Here is a Google search query:

    type in google's search : "rifle green" site: planetfigure.com

    result: http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=%22rifle+green%22+site%3A+planetfigure.com&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aqi=&oq=%22rifle+green%22+site%3A+planetfigure.com&fp=7a5c6a7e094f2acf

    Hope this helps! Happy Figuring!

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