Search Function

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  1. peter21

    peter21 Read Only Funster

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    Hi

    When i type a search word or phrase in the search box, I get hundreds of unrelated threads.
    For example "camping nantes' returns 500 hits, including threads dealing with morocco, camping gas....etc

    Any ideas on how to get this to work?

    I have attached a screenshot.

    Thanks

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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    Been trying for years, never got a tight search. Only real help is if you add a poster name.
     
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    The forum can use full Boolean searches, for best results use the advanced search page. This can narrow your searches down dramatically.

    "Camping Nantes" including the quotes looks for the exact phrase in a thread and it returns just 2 results. (If you search for posts rather than threads then it will return just 3 posts, and 4 as soon as this post is indexed)

    'Camping +Nantes'. Not using quotes. Looks for posts that have both words and Returns just 10 results.

    Spanish Aire will return all threads which mention both words

    Spanish or Aire will return threads which name either

    Aire not Spanish (or Aire -Spanish) will return matches which mention aires but not Spanish ones.

    The asterisk wildcard also works eg.
    com*uter will return matches to both computer and commuter

    It can also be combined with the boolean operators:
    com*uter and not computer will have the same effect as just searching for commuter.

    To search for expressions which include spaces, use the hash symbol. eg. Pot#pouri will return matches for Potpouri and Pot-pouri and pot pouri

    We are stuck to a 4 letter word limit A useful trick for getting round it is to append an asterisk eg.

    SOG* (but beware this will also return any words beginning with SOG)
     
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    hilldweller Funster Life Member

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    I stand corrected and enlightened, thanks.
     
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