If you are like me you've had no small amount of frustration sifting through the substantial amount of data stored on our little orbital. As with so many technological difficulties these days the trouble can often be traced to PEBKAC*. Such is my experience anyway. In order to reduce the Fio workload I have posted the following search guide.How do I search the forums effectively?
When I am trying to run a search for a post that contains multiple terms I am getting results from posts that don't include all of the terms I searched for. Why is this? The ATT Bulletin Boards search function
contains some powerful options to enhance your query if you search for more than 1 word.
Search All Terms
Let's say that your search terms are firewarrior, knife, and rifle. If you want to run a search for posts that contain ALL
of those terms, you must enter the terms like this:+firewarrior +knife +rifle
Make sure to include a space between the search terms preceded by the +
This will bring back a list of posts that contain all 3 of these terms in them.
Search Any Term
If you want to run a search for posts that contain ANY
of those terms, you would have to enter the terms like this:firewarrior knife rifle
This will bring back posts that contain the words firewarrior OR knife OR rifle OR ANY
grouping of those.
Let's combine this:firewarrior +knife rifle
You will get posts that MUST
contain the word knife
but can also contain EITHER firewarrior OR rifle OR BOTH
Search by Excluding
By searching for something like this+firewarrior +rifle –knife
You will get results for posts that DO
contain both the words firewarrior AND rifle
but DO NOT
contain the word knife
.-knife –firewarrior –rifle
Would give you a list of posts that contain NONE
of these words.
Furthermore, searching Tx-42 piranha, would return results containing the word tx
but not those with 42
. For this reason its a good idea to avoid hyphenating your words on the forum. If you must try putting a space on either side of the hyphen to avoid search issues.
In order to get the search results faster, you should also specify which part of the boards you want to be searched in "Forum(s) to search" .
For instance, if you search for anything that has to do with firewarrior painting
, you should specify the painting and artwork forum.
Multiple forums can be selected with the mouse. If a category is chosen all forums within that category will be searched.
You can further restrict the result by entering a username into the "Username search" to find only posts made by a particular user. In addition to the search terms specified above or without any search terms.
Search Exact Phrases
If you are searching for an exact phrase like 'How to install LEDs'
, you would put double quotes around the terms: “How to install LEDs”
This will return results containing the phrase "How to install LEDs" exactly as written.
Capitals are also important and can further restrict your results.
Searching for 'firewarrior'
will return posts with firewarrior, Firewarrior and FIREWARRIOR.
While searching for [i'Firewarrior'[/i] will only return Firewarrior and FIREWARRIOR.
Not surprisingly a [i'FIREWARRIOR'[/i] search will return only FIREWARRIOR posts.
Topic Tips for Easy Searches
Lastly, you can make search for other members of the Cadre easier by giving your new topics clear and informative names.
Rather than:Green Slaughter: Die Ork die!
try: 1500pt Tau vs Ork Battle report
or: [Tau vs Ork Battle Report] Green Slaughter.
Instead of:More dakka for my suits?
try: [Rules Query] How do I shoot more weapons on my suits?
Your own searches can be made MUCH
more efficient by selecting the "Topic titles only"
option during your search. This will give you threads dedicated to the topic rather than many topics that only touch on your subject. Of course this only applies if the topic is clearly named as in the above examples!
Well that about exhausts my knowledge of the Orbitals systems. If any others care to contribute further please feel free, guidance of informed Fio is greatly appreciated!Thanks for your time.
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I regret what I have not done.