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Forum Search Workaround

LemernisLemernis Member, Moderator Posts: 4,157
edited May 2013 in Site Resources
As we know, our forum lacks an advanced search function. For this we apologize. But fortunately there's a strong workaround that's easy. You can use a Google search that yields excellent results. Here's how:

site:forum.baldursgate.com, ___ (term)


For example, to search the BG:EE forums for just the word: katana

site:forum.baldursgate.com, katana


yields the following result: see here.


For a specific phrase, enclose the terms in quotes

site:forum.baldursgate.com, "___" (phrase)


For example, the results for the phrase "specialist mage"

site:forum.baldursgate.com, "specialist mage" (phrase)


yields this result.


Using Google's advanced search you can also refine the search for the name of forum member plus a word or phrase.

site:forum.baldursgate.com, username+"___" (phrase)


For example, let's say I want to search for all posts, comments, or edits that I have made including the phrase "specialist mage" I would do it thusly

site:forum.baldursgate.com, Lemernis+"specialist mage"


to yield this result.


And what is pretty cool here is that if you click on the ">>" to the right of each result, it tabs out and highlights exactly where it is on the forum page. Click that and it takes you right to the page of the thread it's on.

For easy access you can bookmark any such search in your browser and then just open it and tailor it as shown above to customize the search terms.

Hope this helps!

Post edited by Lemernis on
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Comments

  • elminsterelminster Member, Developer Posts: 15,504
    Personally I have always just used something like (If I were to search for "avenger" threads).

    Avenger: Forum.baldursgate.com

    But your suggestions look far more thought out than mine. :)

  • JuliusBorisovJuliusBorisov Member, Administrator, Moderator, Developer Posts: 13,069
    edited June 2014
    The problem of how to search on this forum in order to find an existing discussion, a certain portait, a phrase, a comment and so on has been appearing constantly.

    The most recent time this problem has appeared: http://forum.baldursgate.com/discussion/32427/the-dlc-watch-thread#latest

    I'd like everyone to read the OP by @Lemernis‌ in this discussion and encourage everyone to use this method.

    It seems the "search" you see on the left side of your page here doesn't work. So, it's MUCH better to use the google search only related to this site. In other words, if you follow the method in the OP, you'll search ONLY on this forum.

    You can simply click: here and type what you want to find next to "site:baldursgate.com" phrase.

    Voilà!

    I've decided to stick this thread so that it can be found and seen easily and hope @Jalily‌ , @mlnevese‌ and other moderators permit it.

    PibaroMetallomanRavenslightCrevsDaak
  • PibaroPibaro Member, Translator (NDA) Posts: 2,979
    Everytime I need a real search I have to look for this thread.
    So thumbs up for the stick :)

    MetallomanJuliusBorisovCrevsDaaklolien
  • dunbardunbar Member Posts: 1,179
    Would it be practical or even desirable to move the Search feature to a more prominent position on the page?

    I ask this because I've just spent the best part of an hour going through the archives looking for an answer to a Neera-related problem, which I found. This reminded me how useful the Search function is, especially for newcomers to the site, yet when you go to the New Members Welcome Area (which is where it might be most useful) you have to scroll down to Australia to find the Search box. Would it not be helpful to new members if this function was more obvious?

  • kaguanakaguana Member Posts: 1,327
    Why not just code a better search into the forum ???

    This forum seem like very basic one with no real option to add what one need in it.

    JuliusBorisov
  • jasteyjastey Member Posts: 421
    edited April 17
    I know this doesn't belong here, so feel free to move this post.

    If I do forum search, I get hit results of forums I have no right to see. Since post content is displayed, this might not be a desired behavior.


    JuliusBorisovlolien
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