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Old 07-30-2016, 04:39 AM   #1
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Hi,

I know many of you are far more computer savvy than I. This is not meant to insult anyone's intelligence. Many times we see the same topics come up over and over and over.... again. Yes some things are just fun to discuss and new info and opinions are always welcome, but in many of those threads the OP states they tried the "SEARCH" and had no results.

I find that I have good luck with the search if I do the following.

Log in on your user name
Go to the ADVANCED SEARCH feature
Chose 2 or 3 keywords or a phrase your looking for
The IMPORTANT part put the phrase your looking for in quotes "xxxxx"
Change the search to TITLES ONLY

As an example if you put in "Front Bed", search titles only, I get 20 very specific front bed threads to review.

On the other hand if you just type Front Bed, no quotes, and search I got 1600+ threads to review.

Without the quotes the search engine finds any thread with the word FRONT or BED in the title, not the specific phrase FRONT BED.

The fewer words you search for the better 2 or 3 works well, you just need to pick the best key word phrase.

Searching only TITLES eliminates the random post inside a completely unrelated thread.

I hope this is helpful. I like to think that SEARCH feature is your friend. There is a lot of great info on here. There is also a lot of chaff to weed thru.

The problem with chasing your tail all day is the view never changes. The same old thread with the same old topics does little to change the view. (opinions)

Happy Searching

Joe D
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Old 07-30-2016, 06:06 AM   #2
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The AF search is pretty lame.

I always use the 'google'.

In the google header, type in air forums, then the topic. If your looking for a post from a specific member you can type in their user name to zero in.

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Old 07-31-2016, 11:32 AM   #3
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Hi,

I know many of you are far more computer savvy than I. This is not meant to insult anyone's intelligence. Many times we see the same topics come up over and over and over.... again. Yes some things are just fun to discuss and new info and opinions are always welcome, but in many of those threads the OP states they tried the "SEARCH" and had no results.

I find that I have good luck with the search if I do the following.

Log in on your user name
Go to the ADVANCED SEARCH feature
Chose 2 or 3 keywords or a phrase your looking for
The IMPORTANT part put the phrase your looking for in quotes "xxxxx"
Change the search to TITLES ONLY

As an example if you put in "Front Bed", search titles only, I get 20 very specific front bed threads to review.

On the other hand if you just type Front Bed, no quotes, and search I got 1600+ threads to review.

Without the quotes the search engine finds any thread with the word FRONT or BED in the title, not the specific phrase FRONT BED.

The fewer words you search for the better 2 or 3 works well, you just need to pick the best key word phrase.

Searching only TITLES eliminates the random post inside a completely unrelated thread.

I hope this is helpful. I like to think that SEARCH feature is your friend. There is a lot of great info on here. There is also a lot of chaff to weed thru.

The problem with chasing your tail all day is the view never changes. The same old thread with the same old topics does little to change the view. (opinions)

Happy Searching

Joe D
Thanks, Joe, for this wise tip on how to get what some call a "lame" search function to better locate what your are searching for. I'm sure the "Search" feature is especially frustrating to new forum members, such as Dberg8453 whose very first post yesterday was how to get her gas grill to work properly when attached to the LPG valve on their brand new 2016 Classic.

I gave her a reply similar to your tip, which I think will benefit forum members:

The Search engine is your friend and useful if used wisely: Go to the appropriate subforum (in this example: LP Gas), then click on "Search this Forum" (in blue tool bar), then click "Advanced Search", then enter the Key Word (let's say "grill"), and change the field from "Search Entire Posts" to "Search Titles only", which will provide more relevant threads (of posts). And on any thread, you can click "Search this Thread" for more specific results!

Thanks, Joe, for your timely reminder!

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