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Title: Advanced Searching?
Post by: cgottsch on Apr 14, 2013, 12:11 am
I was wondering if there was advanced searching, as i can't find info on searching syntax.  If advanced searching isn't available, will it be likely it will be added in the future?

By advanced searching, i mean options like what fields to search (subject, author) or maybe date ranges.  Right now it seems that searching looks for any of the words provided in any order in any text anywhere in the forum.  Which isn't useful if i'm looking for something specific that uses multiple general words to describe.

I could just look at all the posts in the related subforum, but each subforum has pages and pages and pages and it would be much quicker if i could choose the forum and where to search and such.
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: codlink on Apr 16, 2013, 11:19 pm
No, there isn't an advanced search here.  But, you could use google to help searching the forum

Go to:  http://www.google.com/advanced_search?hl=en
put in key search words,
use site or domain:  http://arduino.cc/forum
or in a google search box put key words site:http://arduino.cc/forum

For example, search "stepper driver site:http://arduino.cc/forum" brings up hits only for the forum.  You can also narrow the search to individual sections by adding to the link i.e. "stepper driver site:http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php/board,11.0.html"  (for the Networking, Protocols... Section)
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: SurferTim on Apr 17, 2013, 07:40 am
Sure there is. Login and select "Search" at the top of the page next to "My Messages". Isn't that good enough?
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: codlink on Apr 17, 2013, 04:28 pm

Sure there is. Login and select "Search" at the top of the page next to "My Messages". Isn't that good enough?



I don't think it's good enough, IMO.  Have more than 2 words in the search box and you will never find what you're looking for.  There are no search parameters like using quotes for a phrase.

I like the simple and clean layout, but there are ways to make this forum work better for the members, and I don't understand why no one has implemented any upgrades.  I believe that, a site should always be moving forward. 

I have 3 sites of my own and always looking to improve their functionality. 
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: WizenedEE on Apr 18, 2013, 04:56 am
By advanced searching, i mean options like what fields to search (subject, author) or maybe date ranges. 
There is: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=search
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: codlink on Apr 18, 2013, 06:07 am

There is: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=search


Well, I'll be a monkeys uncle.  Never knew that search page was here.  Thanks, bookmarked!
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: WizenedEE on Apr 18, 2013, 06:17 am


There is: http://arduino.cc/forum/index.php?action=search


Well, I'll be a monkeys uncle.  Never knew that search page was here.  Thanks, bookmarked!

It's also at the top of every page, even when you scroll down, right between "logged in as ..." and "My messages"
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: codlink on Apr 18, 2013, 06:21 am
But it's not advanced..
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: WizenedEE on Apr 18, 2013, 06:41 am
Like this
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: codlink on Apr 18, 2013, 07:06 am
Ah, so there it is.  Somewhere that nobody can find it. 
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: WizenedEE on Apr 18, 2013, 08:40 am

Ah, so there it is.  Somewhere that nobody can find it. 
I don't see how being one of the six links at the top of every page on the forums that follows you around and being labeled "search" is hard to find.
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: SurferTim on Apr 18, 2013, 01:34 pm

Ah, so there it is.  Somewhere that nobody can find it. 

Only if you did not read reply #2.
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: codlink on Apr 18, 2013, 04:02 pm
Funny..  I guess you guys are the smart ones.  Can I be your friend?
Title: Re: Advanced Searching?
Post by: SurferTim on Apr 18, 2013, 04:30 pm
My bad. I forgot to end that with  :)

If you haven't noticed, the search function has one annoying feature, at least to me. If you search for something and select one on the items, when you press the back button, it gets weird about the reload. It isn't too bad unless you have gone a few pages forward to find the item you want, but "back" sends you back to page 1.  :~