FINALLY! How to search XDTalk effectively - sticky?

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  1. FloridaPhil

    FloridaPhil XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    Okay, I have been getting really frustrated with the 'problematic' search function on this site - it really is brain dead - which means that the same questions get asked over and over again. :roll:

    I can't believe it's taken me so long to figure out a better way to search, but it's really very simple and very effective.

    1. Download and install Google toolbar.

    2. Have XDTalk (or any other site you want to search) in the active window

    3. Enter your search terms in the Google toolbar search window

    4. Click the little arrow next to the G in the toolbar search window

    5. Select 'Current Site'

    6. Click Go

    A Google results page will be displayed -arranged with typical Google relevancy with ALL the search items you entered taken into account with each individual post shown - as compared to the board search which makes you drop down through each thread to find the results.

    Can we make this a sticky?

    BTW, if you like this technique, why not post a response here so the thread is kept high on the page and more members get a chance to see it.

     
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  2. AZXD

    AZXD XDTalk 35K Member

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  4. mhillsing23

    mhillsing23 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    Without using the Google toolbar, you can also just go to Google and enter...

    "site : xdtalk.com ________"

    (Where _______ is your search terms.)
    (Also, get rid of the spaces around the colon. When I leave the space in this example the board inserts some angry face.)
     
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  5. Taildraggerdave

    Taildraggerdave XDTalk Member

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    I just tried the "site:---
    Works great. Thanks for the tip.
     
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    not to bad...makes the searches a lot easier...
     
  7. FloridaPhil

    FloridaPhil XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    Monday morning bump.

    Give it a try guys - I promise that it will unlock the wealth of information contstrained by the awful XDTalk standard search function.
     
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    FrankRizzoXD40 XDTalk 5K Member

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    Interesting...

    I've never had a problem with the forum search function, as long as I use "advanced search"...

    I've actually found it quite useful when I'm doing some digging.;)

    I will give this a try though, thanks a lot. Perhaps I will find it to be superior to the forum search.

    Frank:D
     
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    1lowlife XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Great tip..
    I never knew one could do that..

    I've been using the Google tool bar for awhile.
    I use it to spell check every post I make here.
    It helps me look like less of an idiot than I really am..........:mrgreen:
     
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    1lowlife XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Great tip..
    I never knew one could do that..
    The problem with searching here is that a word has to be more than three letters.
    I can't search for LCP.
    But using the Google, it found several results.

    I've been using the Google tool bar for awhile.
    I use it to spell check every post I make here.
    It helps me look like less of an idiot that I really am..........:mrgreen:
     
  11. FloridaPhil

    FloridaPhil XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    Never mind, double posting helps maintain your reputation.... ;)
     
  12. mhillsing23

    mhillsing23 XDTalk 5K Member Founding Member

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    FYI, Firefox has built in spell check as well.

    By the way, you still look like an idiot. :D (JOKING!)
     
  13. Bill in San Jose

    Bill in San Jose XDTalk 2K Member

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    Using google to search a web site will often turn-up material that the web site's internal search function does not. I've found competitive marketing material on company's web sites, sometimes their internal pages are not searchable, but google's little devils find all that stuff. Plus even if somebody deletes that page, it may still be in the google server's caches.
     
  14. FloridaPhil

    FloridaPhil XDTalk 1K Member Founding Member

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    Yes, Google definitely can be a security nightmare!

    I've found answers to a TON of gun related questions both here and on other gun related sites by using Google to search. I particularly like the ability to enter long search strings and just let Google's intelligence bring forth the answer - which I usually get on the first page of hits.
     
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    1lowlife XDTalk 15K Member Founding Member

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    Thank you Sir............
    I do what I can to keep my reputation solid........:mrgreen:

    How did that happen?:confused:
    Too many clickies of the mouse perhaps....:rolleyes:

     

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