Can someone help me with forum searches?

Rick Hufnagel

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Sorry for doubling up the posts here today but this may be an obvious answer to someone more fluent with computer related things.

When I enter a search, say I search for "Hampden Studley" or just "Railway".

It seems to give me a chronological list starting with the newest threads that have either word in it.

I know there are things going on with the search function and I'm not trying to start anything negative about it... I was just wondering if there way a different way of entering the searches to help nail down both words over the past couple decades of great threads buried in the forums here! Can I search exact phrase or change the order in which the results are shown to most relevant instead of most recent?

Thanks for any help!
 

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have you tried the advanced search


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Rick Hufnagel

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Yes it acts the same way. Instead of relevance it just lists everything containing one of the words chronologically from newest to oldest. Sometimes it seems to randomly choose what words it wants to use.

Is there a way to do an exact phrase?
 

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OK I agree the search sucks sorry management I do agree. We needed to shut down
the search we had because of errors(as I understand I could be wrong).

Some people say try using google to search

"In a Google search, type site: followed by the domain and extension, like site:lifewire.com. Then, include your search, and press Enter. To search by domain extension, type site: followed by the extension, like site:. gov followed by your search, and press Enter"



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I searched for Hampden Studley enclosing that phrase in quotation marks, thus: "Hampden Studley". I first limited my search to the APW forum and received three hits. Using the same search terms for the Forums generally (Everywhere), I received four hits, including this thread. Of course, I can't say how effective that procedure would be for everything you search for, and I did not search for Hampden Studley without the quotation marks.
 
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I searched for Hampden Studley enclosing that phrase in quotation marks, thus: "Hampden Studley". I first limited my search to the APW forum and received three hits. Using the same search terms for the Forums generally (Everywhere), I received four hits, including this thread. Of course, I can't say how effective that procedure would be for everything you search for, and I did not search for Hampden Studley without the quotation marks.
Searching "Hampden" "Studley" (Note quotes around each word) in APW brought up several more than three hits.
 
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