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Retrieving Old Forum Items #231990
01/24/12 06:25 PM
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This may exist but not sure...is there a way to pull up a Forum item by "Topic"....for instance, under 1938 Chevy if I wanted to see all the items related to "1938 chasis" I could write in "38 Chassis" and all the items related to that would come up on a separate screen....sometimes I wade through 100 or more items trying to find something I know was there in the past..??? Billu38

Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Billu38] #232037
01/25/12 02:09 AM
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That is one of the purposes of the search feature on this site......unfortunately, most of us have not had much luck using the search feature.

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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Junkyard Dog] #232041
01/25/12 02:26 AM
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Hi are there any suggestions on using the search as I have not had any luck trying to use it and find it easier to troll back through all the pages to find what I am looking for.


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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: chevrolet6] #232049
01/25/12 03:26 AM
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Use the "advanced" search and then look at the "advanced search tips". Make sure that you search a wide enough range of dates. Also think about adjusting the search terms by adding and taking some away. Also try other possible terms for what you seek. Once you get familiar with the search function it works relatively well. Takes a lot of getting used to.


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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Chipper] #232052
01/25/12 04:57 AM
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I need to apologize again for the lousy SEARCH page. blush
We have been expecting a complete overhaul of it for the past two years so I've been reluctant to make any changes since they'd be lost upon an update.

In the meantime, hopefully these instructions will help you (and anyone else that reads this).


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Click SEARCH on the Navigation bar at the top of the page.
Click on ADVANCED

Highlight the forum that you want to search - example: 1937-42
(Note: Select multiple forums by holding CTRL when you select each.)

In KEYWORD SEARCH TERMS enter what you're looking for - example: 1938 chassis
(Note: Must be greater than 3 characters, but use as few of words as necessary.)

Under DATE RANGE, blank out the "Newer than" box.
Change "Older than" to something - example: 1 Year(s)

Click SUBMIT at the bottom.



----IMPORTANT-----
If you follow the instructions above, you'll see ALL responses that match <1938>, and all that match <chassis>, and all that match <1938 chassis>. That's probably NOT what you wanted.

So if you only want results that includes BOTH words, then add quotations to the search term - example "1938 chassis"


Last edited by Bill Barker; 01/25/12 07:25 PM. Reason: changed parantheses to quotations

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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Bill Barker] #232056
01/25/12 07:51 AM
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Quote:
So if you only want results that includes BOTH words, then add parentheses to the search term - example "1938 chassis"


Parentheses = ( )

Quotations = " "

Which one is the best to use in the search feature?

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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Junkyard Dog] #232071
01/25/12 02:34 PM
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Depends!

If you use ( ) then all terms inside will be in the post but not necessarily in the order given. If you use " " then the terms will need to match exactly. The results of the searches will be different.



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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Chipper] #232109
01/25/12 07:28 PM
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Thanks guys... I changed the wording above.

The SEARCH feature DOES work okay, but it's not intuitive.

Hopefully the "simple" instructions will help. I think that I'll copy this and duplicate it in the Instruction Forum.


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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Bill Barker] #233142
02/03/12 08:11 PM
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Just what I've been looking for thanks Bill

Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: chef-chevy] #233149
02/03/12 09:37 PM
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Another way to find a long lost topic is to check your own previous posts. Click "my Stuff" then choose "posts". Provided that you were a participant in the topic, you can find where you previously posted.


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Re: Retrieving Old Forum Items [Re: Billu38] #233473
02/06/12 09:43 PM
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Good to know...it works! thx...Billu38


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