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Search Howto

Postby kieran » Thu Dec 03, 2009 5:48 pm

phpBB 2.x has a reasonably poor search system that will allow you to find topics you are interested in.

The Search link is at the top of all the forum pages.

You can use AND to define words which must be in the results, OR to define words which may be in the result and NOT to define words which should not be in the result. Use * as a wildcard for partial matches

If you leave the options as their defaults, for example "Search for any terms or use query as entered" it will return all posts that contain any of the words you enter.

For example, you type "oil recommendations" you will get all posts that contain any of the words oil and recommendations. The chances are you won't get the results you'd like.

You should use the AND, OR, and NOT operators to indicate which words you want to search for. Use AND to indicate that multiple words MUST be found. Use OR to indicate that a word is optional/alternate. Use NOT to indicate that a word should not be present in the topics displayed.

For example, you type "oil AND recommendations" you will get all posts that contain both of the words oil and recommendations. You'll get the results you want.

If you select "Search for all terms", only topics containing all of the words in the query will be displayed. Selecting this option has effects comparable to using Search for any terms or use query as entered, with the AND operator between each term.
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Postby pisco » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:00 pm

Is it possible to search for a specific sequence of words ?

Usually this gets done using "", for example

filtering for "fast car", would only return posts that had that same sequence in that exact order, and not just the words "fast" and "car", like if happens when we use the filter: fast AND car.

Can this be done is this forum or i am just not skilled enough ?

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Re: Search Howto

Postby Saint Matt » Tue Dec 04, 2012 12:47 pm

Is this system still the same since the forum facelift? The search tool has different options next to it

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Re: Search Howto

Postby Nez » Tue Dec 04, 2012 3:02 pm

No Matt. It has changed.
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Re: Search Howto

Postby Saint Matt » Tue Dec 04, 2012 6:59 pm

I've still been using the old style, ha. Get to it Kieran
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Re: Search Howto

Postby Mr Ry » Tue Dec 04, 2012 7:25 pm

The operators are still there, you can just use + for AND, | for OR and - for NOT. * (asterix) for wildcard matches such as integ* for "Integra".

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Re: Search Howto

Postby kieran » Tue Dec 04, 2012 9:17 pm

What? Hey? Woah. Integ-what?

Mr Ry is correct, the AND/OR/NOT operators are the same, however the search relevancy is affected by the "Search Settings" options the gaffer's have set.
New feature is the wildcard operator.
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