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#1
Thanks davemichael that's useful to know + helpful to have more info in the body of posts.

Looks like the BBcode hides itself from searches.

:D
#2
davemichael
If it is true then I will start putting in the keywords in the body of the post. That way it will help prevent duplicate posts.

:?:

It is true... :(

That would mean that if I submitted a post with a sparce title, like 'free stuff' or 'free cd' & used the url method of linking, the post is hardly likely to ever be picked up as a dupe... :!:

I think your suggestion of the inclusion of 'keywords' is the best all-rounder to help the search function do its job good, it gives the opportunity to find a match for any of the main details, be it, expiring date, prize, whatever... :D

I have noticed a number of members that still dont include details to posts, which helps no-one though... perhaps they might see the light... :D
#3
LoneCrusader
I have noticed a number of members that still dont include details to posts, which helps no-one though... perhaps they might see the light... :D

Perhaps that could be a prize for the next promo :D a torch :lol: They're good for searching too :)
#4
rayman
LoneCrusader
I have noticed a number of members that still dont include details to posts, which helps no-one though... perhaps they might see the light... :D

Perhaps that could be a prize for the next promo :D a torch :lol: They're good for searching too :)

Noooooooooo....

I was thinking rather along the lines of setting a light to the bottom of their britches... :D:D:D

only kidding... 8)
#5
BBcode ? What's that?

I have noticed that now that people often shorten the links, I assume the way davemichael is talking about that they don't show up in a search. I've been caught out a couple of times with that and finally worked out what was happening, I think :?

I've also found since the search feature changed a wee while ago that I have to do at least two different searches to check that my proposed post is not already in. Often do three or even four searches now to be sure! :roll: I also often get dozens or hundreds of totally unrelated posts coming up when I do a search, which doesn't help.

But even then, I was caught out the other day, having searched for the company name AND the link. I STILL can't find the original post :roll: :?

To be honest, I'm finding it all quite confusing and time consuming. I guess that's partly my lack of computer experience showing up, but learning every day :lol: I found the original search feature easier to use, but also I think because hardly anyone at that point was shortening the links and that was what I searched for, as the same link wouldn't be used for any two comps, freebies etc.
#6
M223
I found the original search feature easier to use, but also I think because hardly anyone at that point was shortening the links and that was what I searched for, as the same link wouldn't be used for any two comps, freebies etc.
That's a good point, although there will eventually be loads of the same URL [links] once more posts + more members are posting. So it's inevitable more topics will show up from a search.

:| Time consuming as it is, there's no easier way at the moment + saying that, I think it's been a very good month for hardly any duplicate posts.

:D
#7
Now you're confusing me again, Rayman! :lol: How can the same link come up for different comps, freebies etc? :?

When I mentioned about dozens or hundreds of results from a search at times was about dozens or hundreds of TOTALLY UNRELATED results coming up which makes that search a bit of a waste of time! :wink:
#8
M223
Now you're confusing me again, Rayman! :lol: How can the same link come up for different comps, freebies etc? :?
I don't understand that, either. A url is likely to be unique and as results increase for general word searches as posts increases, then a url search should make things easier, like M223 says.
#9
jcat
M223
Now you're confusing me again, Rayman! :lol: How can the same link come up for different comps, freebies etc? :?
I don't understand that, either. A url is likely to be unique and as results increase for general word searches as posts increases, then a url search should make things easier, like M223 says.

In theory that's probably right, but for instance if a part of a URL changes, the search will still bring up the first part of a URL at the same time as any differing parts of it wouldn't it?

How about a for instance:

www amazon co uk/page/item/123

www amazon co uk/page/item/124

www amazon co uk/page/item/125

Wouldn't they show up in the search no matter if the end is changed by only one digit?

Surely using as unique a word as you can when posting, would bring up less results when searching.

If you type in "kettle" you should only get topics or posts, titles + body of texts with that word showing up.

I've found a one word search much easier in bringing up a more "sortable" list, especially if narrowed down to the section you're searching.

Thanks for keeping this feeback going as it is a big help to know what happens with each individual search.

:D
#10
oh dear :? I'd have thought that by putting in the url and then clicking on "Search for all terms" then even with Rayman's example above, of almost the same, but with one number changed, it should only show up EXACTLY the url you've put in to the search box??

Certainly that's how I was searching before the links were being shortened and it worked fine.

Now you have to hit on the right word to search for and possibly have to scan through several possibilities.
#11
rayman
How about a for instance:

www amazon co uk/page/item/123

www amazon co uk/page/item/124

www amazon co uk/page/item/125

Wouldn't they show up in the search no matter if the end is changed by only one digit?
If you do a "search for all terms" with "www.amazon.co.uk", that's with no numbers at all on the end, you get no results :?
#12
hhhmmm..... I just did a search for
"www amazon co uk/page/item/125 ", searched for all terms in all forums, and got no results!! :? and yet it's in this thread at least twice!!

I thought that [url]www.amazon.co.uk[/url] wasn't coming up because other links to amazon had more on the end, so making them different from the searched for term?????

Methinks we got a mystery!! :wink:
#13
M223
hhhmmm..... I just did a search for
"www amazon co uk/page/item/125 ", searched for all terms in all forums, and got no results!! :? and yet it's in this thread at least twice!!

I thought that [url]www.amazon.co.uk[/url] wasn't coming up because other links to amazon had more on the end, so making them different from the searched for term?????

Methinks we got a mystery!! :wink:

That was my point, but if you search using any terms, it brings up loads of posts.

Looking through the other results options, you should be able to reduce the total of posts found or even look at posts rather than titles. That way you can see the first 200 characters of a post. Might be a bit quicker to speed read through :?:

:)
#14
Yep, you're right Rayman - 401 to be exact - at that point my eyes glaze over............

And most of them are totally unrelated to the original search! Probably about 399!

So the question is, "How best to do an accurate seach with results like that?" :? :roll:

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