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    How to search forum

    Hi All
    I was not sure what area to post this, so here it is.
    I often find I want to search a for a topic and would like to search using multiple words, eg; (side tie out) but I find that does not narrow the search down enough.
    How can I search and get right to what it is I want?
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    advanced search -- use Google

    Quote Originally Posted by gunn parker View Post
    Hi All
    I was not sure what area to post this, so here it is.
    I often find I want to search a for a topic and would like to search using multiple words, eg; (side tie out) but I find that does not narrow the search down enough.
    How can I search and get right to what it is I want?
    Thanks
    Gunn
    Google has an advanced searching capability that gives you more control.
    1. Bring up www.google.com

    2. Off to the side of the keyword entry box are links "Advanced", "Preferences", "Language Tools". Click on "Advanced"

    3. A little way down the page you see the label "Domain". In the selection box immediately to the right of that you select "Only" (return results from the site or domain); to the right of that put in domain "www.hammockforums.net".

    4. Up at the top of this search page you have finer grained control over the filtering done using the keywords you specify. At the bottom (Page-Specific Search) you can look for postings that link to other postings.

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    Thank you so much, that search brought me the results I needed.
    Thats one tip I will not be forgetting.
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    addendum

    You can also limit the search to a specific domain from within the usual google text entry box, using the "site:" notation. In your case you'd put

    "side tie out" site:hammockforums.net

    in the search box. Google search has other neat operators for controling the search. For example, to get all postings using the word camouflage, or a synonym for it, enter

    ~camouflage site:hammockforums.net

    You'll see lots of postings with the word "camo" as well as "camouflage". It's worth your time to experiment with the things you can do when searching.

    Grizz

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    Wow. That is very good to know. Never realized we had so much control over those searches. Thanks

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    Wow. I consider myself a computer geek, but those are some great tips Griz. Thanks
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    *Shadowmoss bows before Grizz's superior geekness*

    You also might try using scroogle.org (don't accidently forget and put in com, especially if your Mom is standing there like mine was... ), they don't log every keystroke of your searching experience for future reference like google does. Not that I'm paranoid...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmoss View Post
    You also might try using scroogle.org (don't accidently forget and put in com, especially if your Mom is standing there like mine was... ), they don't log every keystroke of your searching experience for future reference like google does. Not that I'm paranoid...

    *Shadowmoss looks around nervously*
    If you're really paranoid you should be using an anonymizing proxy, TOR, and some method of IP obfuscation...not just a search engine scraper. Not that I would know anything about paranoia.
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    Grizz, thanks for the info.

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    They call me the Geek

    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmoss View Post
    *Shadowmoss bows before Grizz's superior geekness*
    with apologies to J.J. Cale

    Call me the Geek
    I'm always on a network node
    Well now they call me the Geek
    I'm always on a network node
    I ain't got a life to speak of
    I'm always in computing mode

    Ain't no change in the weather
    That I can ever see
    Well there ain't no change in the weather
    That I can ever see
    Cause I lurk in the machine room
    Oh, that's the way it's suppose to be

    I got 'round password control babe
    Now I can penetrate
    I got 'round password control babe
    Now I can penetrate
    I might just become root now
    And find the IDs I can take

    Call me the Geek
    I'm always on a network node
    Well now they call me the Geek
    I'm always on a network node
    I ain't got a life to speak of
    I'm always in computing mode

    Grizz
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