Hard To Find

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  1. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Veteran Member
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    I have the hardest time trying to find a certain thread to post to.
    If I don't put in the exact wording in search ...it can't locate it.
    This happens to me all the time so I must be missing something.
    Open for suggestions.
     
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  2. Nancy Hart

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    Me too.
     
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    A lot of time I know only 1 word and it doesn't find thread
     
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  4. Beth Gallagher

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    If it is a recent thread that you have posted in, you can look at your posts to see which thread it is. (Click on your username top right of page and then "your content.")
     
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  5. Ken Anderson

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    I have been encouraging people to use informative thread titles for just that reason, given that you have an option to search thread titles only or the entire content of the threads. With a smaller database to go through, searching thread titles only is faster and more accurate, but only if the thread titles are informative. Otherwise, if your search term is more than one word, you can enclose the search term in quotation marks and it will return only those posts that use both of the words. Without the quotation marks, it will return each post that has either one of the words, which can be exhaustive.

    For example, this thread does not have an informative title. However, if you were to search for the following phrase that was used in the opening post:

    The search function would give you ten pages of results, and it would decide not to include the word "certain" in the search, probably because it is too common of a word, and the number of results would be so long as to not be helpful, given that it would return every post that used the word "certain" and every post that used the word "thread".

    However, if you were to put this phrase in quotation marks, like this:

    In this case, it woud search ony for posts that used the entire phrase, and there would be only three, two of them pointing to this thread.

    If you were to search for a longer phrase, like:

    The search would ignore "a" and it would ignore "certain" as being too short or too common, and it would still return ten pages of results.

    However, if you included the quotation marks:

    You would get only two results, both pointing to this thread, one to the opening post where it was used, the other to the second post, where the opening post was quoted.
    1. Informative thread titles make threads easier to find; and
    2. If you can remember a phrase from either the title or a post in the thread, put that phrase in quotation marks.
     
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  6. Gloria Mitchell

    Gloria Mitchell Veteran Member
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    Thank you Ken
    .will try to remember this info
     
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  7. Ken Anderson

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    Also, if you can remember who said whatever it is that you're searching for, you can narrow your search to posts by that member only. Or, if you have an idea as to when the post was made, you can narrow your search to posts that are newer than a specified date. The better you can narrow your search, the better your results will be.
     
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  8. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    I always add extra qualifying or descriptive words to narrow the search.

    Hal
     
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