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  • BadgerDave
    started a topic How Do I Use The Search Feature

    How Do I Use The Search Feature

    What is the proper way to enter in a search formula in order not to see every single post that has at least one word of the search criteria? I tried to do a Search for threads dealing with pressure washer hose. I tried entering all of these ways and every time the results were far to general to do me any good.

    1. Pressure Washer Hose
    2. "Pressure Washer Hose"
    3. +Pressure +Washer +Hose
    4. (Pressure Washer Hose)
    5. (+Pressure +Washer +Hose)

    I tried both the Quick Search and the Advanced Search and got the same results in both. Is there a way to do a more specific type of search?

  • Bob D.
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    By using the terms - pressure washer hose - I got 138 results (too much to read)

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose replacement - I got 6 results including one you started in July 07.

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose kink - I got 5 results but only one had to do with the washer hose.

    The more information you put in your search the fewer results you will get. If you don't find what you want you can always take information out of your search but you will have more reading.

    Mark
    This is the method I use here and on Google. I try to bound my search without being too restrictive, but if I get nothing or only a couple of hits, then I expand my search by removing one of the limiting keywords. Sometimes reversing the order of the words can help, or thinking in terms of how a computer would filter can help. Start with the broadest keyword first, then follow with more restrictive keywords, example below

    CAR [very wide search, millions of hits]

    CAR, GM [OK, now we should only see stuff that mentions GM]

    CAR, GM, SEDAN [Only stuff about GM sedans]

    CAR, GM, SEDAN, V8 [Only hits about GM V8 Sedans]


    Reminds me of the way item short descriptions are formatted for Military Equipment and NATO Stock Numbers (NSNs).


    Like: Rifle, Caliber 5.56 mm, M16
    or Truck, Cargo, 2-1/2 Ton, M35

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  • ToUtahNow
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    I much prefer Google as a search engine but I doubt there are any web site templates that come with anything close to Google so you have to try to work around what is available.

    Mark

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  • BobsPlumbing
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    By using the terms - pressure washer hose - I got 138 results (too much to read)

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose replacement - I got 6 results including one you started in July 07.

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose kink - I got 5 results but only one had to do with the washer hose.

    The more information you put in your search the fewer results you will get. If you don't find what you want you can always take information out of your search but you will have more reading.

    Mark
    Me too.

    J.C.

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  • drtyhands
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    I just searched double word root ranger and got what I needed all the way back to 2006.
    Has it always been like this.
    I thought I remembered it being the way Bob D. explained it,anytime both words were mentioned together or apart.
    I'm spun
    Either way I feel confident in getting what I'm looking for.

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  • BadgerDave
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    By using the terms - pressure washer hose - I got 138 results (too much to read)

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose replacement - I got 6 results including one you started in July 07.

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose kink - I got 5 results but only one had to do with the washer hose.

    The more information you put in your search the fewer results you will get. If you don't find what you want you can always take information out of your search but you will have more reading.

    Mark
    Well now I'm really confused, which BTW is not that hard to do. So it seems that by adding that extra word or two the system will then only look for threads that have, in this case anyways, all 4 of the listed words. I guess that kinda makes sense but, to be honest, I always thought a search was supposed to look for all the subject words when they appear one after another. Obviously I was mistaken about that.

    I thought that I had started a thread about this subject awhile ago but didn't remember that it was here. OK, so this year I will go out and buy a better hose and live happily ever after, I promise.

    Thanks for your insight on this.

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  • ToUtahNow
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by BadgerDave View Post
    Mark, when my search didn't work the way I thought it would I started this thread.
    By using the terms - pressure washer hose - I got 138 results (too much to read)

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose replacement - I got 6 results including one you started in July 07.

    By using the terms - pressure washer hose kink - I got 5 results but only one had to do with the washer hose.

    The more information you put in your search the fewer results you will get. If you don't find what you want you can always take information out of your search but you will have more reading.

    Mark

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  • BadgerDave
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    No as in, is there a specific hose you are looking for or a specific use type hose. When you search in broad terms you will sometimes get way too many search results.

    Mark
    Mark, when my search didn't work the way I thought it would I started this thread.

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  • BadgerDave
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Once again Bob D. comes through with a very helpful answer.

    So it would appear that unless you want to search for something very specific, like a model number or a single word, your search may list many threads that have nothing to do with what you may be looking for. If that's they way it is then that's fine but I doubt if I will be so quick to tell someone to use the Search feature in the future.

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  • Bob D.
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    vBulletin search function does not seem to work the way other search engines do such as Google, Lycos, etc. , and maybe that is part of the problem for users. We (including me) tend to enter our search parameters in the style that we commonly use on Google or other search engines because that is what we are most familiar with.

    For instance, on most search engines when you enter a phrase in double quotes, the search returns ONLY those hits which contain that exact character string, and nothing else.

    vBulletin acts as if it treats each continuous string of characters (that is, a run of characters with no space) as a search keyword. Enclosing a phrase in double quotes has no meaning to vBulletin, nor does using the +, OR, NOT, or - logical in your search.

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  • ToUtahNow
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by BadgerDave View Post
    You mean like the example I posted in my original post?
    No as in, is there a specific hose you are looking for or a specific use type hose. When you search in broad terms you will sometimes get way too many search results.

    Mark

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  • Woussko
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    Dave

    I too share your frustration with searching for things on here. I either get flooded out or the wrong things come back. I'm going to be reading all the posts of this thread and maybe I can learn better how to use it.

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  • BadgerDave
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    Perhaps an example of what you are looking for would help.

    Mark
    You mean like the example I posted in my original post?

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  • drtyhands
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    That's funny
    I just did Drywall+Chinese and found it.
    Duh

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  • drtyhands
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    Re: How Do I Use The Search Feature

    Originally posted by ToUtahNow View Post
    Perhaps an example of what you are looking for would help.

    Mark
    Well I don't know,
    This morning I was looking for our discussion on chinese drywall before I started a thread.

    Lots of posts containing drywall.
    Lots of posts containing chinese

    I tried going back using drywall and got burned out.
    .

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