computing.net Search Feature

April 13, 2010 at 10:38:44
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition, 2.8 GHz / 2.0 Gb
Can someone explain how to get the most effective use of the "Get help" search feature available in each forum?

What is the priority ranking for hits? It's obviously not by date, since the results of recent search listed threads in this order:

2004
2003
2003
2006
2005
2003
2003
2008
2003
2009

After 10 hits, I still didn't see the thread where I know I wrote the exact phrase I searched on just a few weeks ago.

Quotes don't seem to help, nor does including a username.

We get a lot of "repeat questions" in the Office forum and copying and pasting step-by-step instructions from an earlier thread would make my life a lot easier.

I just can't figure out how to use the "Get help" search feature to efficiently find the posts I'm looking for.

Any suggestions?

Thanks!


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#1
April 13, 2010 at 10:52:24
Any suggestions?
1) Go to Google
2) site:computing.net <whatever you're searching for>
3) Enjoy a non-broken search engine.

EDIT: CN's search seems to look only at the OP's posts, and not anyone else's. Also, the "Show Within" feature is non-functional, so don't use it.


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#2
April 13, 2010 at 12:25:27
Sweet!

Plus, I get to use Google's advanced features such as quotes, plus signs, minus signs, etc. to focus the search better.

It's a shame that I have to leave the site that I'm searching on to find something on the site that I'm searching on. :-)


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#3
April 13, 2010 at 14:30:25
I just looked up an old post I remembered.

Typed in johnoh+cool+quiet+cheap and the hit 14 posts down was the particular post from 2003 I was looking for.

Not perfect but pretty good. The first hit said the same thing from the same author too.

Anyway, got to the post I was looking for faster here than using the same search parameters on Google.

Skip


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#4
April 13, 2010 at 14:46:10
Typed in johnoh+cool+quiet+cheap and the hit 14 posts down was the particular post from 2003 I was looking for.
I just searched for " johnoh+cool+quiet+cheap," and #13 was "Win 7 Beta outperforms XP & Vista." None of those words were in any of the posts. Now I'm just confused.

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#5
April 13, 2010 at 15:09:34
Me too; just tried it again and everything was as I found it before...

http://www.computing.net/cgi-bin/AT...

I used the big "Get Help" bar at the top, typed in that search string, selected all and hit enter.

Strange stuff happenin' here.

Skip


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#6
April 13, 2010 at 16:05:15
... for your own stuff search here, must admit using the search function including a username takes time!

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... Posting is provided "AS IS" with no warranties
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Grrrr... ...im


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#7
April 13, 2010 at 17:50:12
I almost always use the trick mentioned by Razor2.3.

Skip, you should remember that about 6-7 years ago, several of us signed up for a free Chill Vent. Searching for that here brings up quite a few hits, but if you go to Google & enter the following, there are only 7:

"name: skipcox" "chill vent" site:computing.net

Google results


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#8
April 13, 2010 at 19:45:44
Razor,

I admit that, for some things, Google's search may work better. I mean, I would expect a company that spends billions on R&D to have a good search engine.

I have tested the "Show within" and discovered it was not working because of a bug. Thank you for letting me know about it. It should be fixed now.

Also, for DerbyDad and everyone else, quotes work on the site search. In fact, if you are looking for specific phrases, you really need to use them.

Justin


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#9
April 13, 2010 at 19:55:06
BTW,

One more thing, the reason different people might be seeing different search results might be that you have different forums selected when you do your searches. I see the same search results as SkipCox when I have "ALL" selected. If you select other things, then you won't see the same results.

Justin


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