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Old August 25, 2012, 06:15 AM   #1
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Help with forum searching

I could use some suggestions for proper searching of the forums. For example, how would you set up a search to locate all threads dealing with 10 gauge shotshell loads using black powder? If the originator of a thread does not include any tags, does The Firing Line add something automatically to the tag field?
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Old August 25, 2012, 08:42 AM   #2
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I think your best bert its going to be to use a google directed search of the site, not the vbulletin search feature.

I can't remember exactly how to search TFL using google, but you should be able to google how to do that.
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Old August 25, 2012, 11:43 AM   #3
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Mike's right - for more complicated searches (that's more than 2 words), although it's far better than it used to be here, it's still best to use Google.

Just start off your Google search with "site:thefiringline.com", and only threads and posts from this site will be included in the results.
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Old August 26, 2012, 06:17 AM   #4
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Thanks, Mal...
Just to clarify, be sure to follow the site:thefiringline.com entry with a 'space' before entering the terms you want to search on (any other character will confuse the site name to Google). In my case, I wanted to search on 10 gauge, but that returned everything containing '10' and 'gauge'. So you have to use the classical literal form by enclosing the mixed term in quotation marks like this: "10 gauge", which will return ONLY those items that contain the literal 10 gauge entries. Despite the extra effort of going through Google, this search tactic works better than the search form on The Firing Line.
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Old August 26, 2012, 10:10 AM   #5
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Just to clarify, be sure to follow the site:thefiringline.com entry with a 'space' before entering the terms you want to search on ...
Well, yeah. Any other character following that string and ".com" is no longer ".com".
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