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noob search and typing help

Discussion in 'Help, support & suggestions' started by marcopolo66, Apr 28, 2018.

  1. marcopolo66

    marcopolo66 Member

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    Hi

    Is there any info on how to use the search engine, as I am having trouble finding what I am looking for? Do I need to enclose words with inverted commas etc ?

    Also could you tell me how to type/enter the prime moves of an alg. I tried unsuccessfully to search for this info.

    Many thanks
     
  2. Not really.
    The search engine just isn't very good at doing anything.
    I usually try to give it as much information, such as who posted, in what thread, when, and a few keywords. Don't give too many keywords otherwise it just doesn't work.

    If you're not looking for someone's post, the wiki might be more helpful.

    The prime moves of an algorithm are usually denoted using an apostrophe after the move('), although some beginner tutorials use the nonstandard lowercase (i).
     
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  3. pjk

    pjk Administrator Staff Member

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    What exactly are you searching for?

    If you're looking for posts by a user, the Xenforo search can work better:
    https://www.speedsolving.com/forum/search/
    Otherwise the normal main GCSE works better. I'll fix the search, can you give some examples of when you tried to find something but couldn't, and let me know which queries you used?
     
  4. So one thing that's annoying about that search is if I'm trying to look through a thread for a specific post from a while ago (e.g. a post that either qq or kir made in the random cubing discussion thread with a nice T pure twist alg), I can't specify the thread, and while I can say that it's new than xy, I can't say that it's older than yx.
    Also, sometimes when it excludes an important but common search term.
    E: or when it doesn't include all of the keywords
     
  5. pjk

    pjk Administrator Staff Member

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    Do you know what the specific post was about? You can search for posts by user. If you describe more of what you want I'll see if I can help and make it more clear for you and others.

    As for excluding important keywords, can you give an example?
     
  6. The specific post was something "that either qq or kir made in the random cubing discussion thread with a nice T pure twist alg"
    Like:
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    <alg>
    O.o
    Time to start practicing bld
    -

    When I input:
    Search Threads and posts
    keywords: Time get BLD
    member: qqwref, kirjava
    Minimum posts: 1000
    Sub Forum: General speedcubing discussion

    I'll get the message

    I also get get results that don't have all of the keywords.
    In addition, though I can say how new the post is, I can't say how old it is, so I get a bunch of posts from 2015, though I know that the post was at most posted in 2013 if even.
     
  7. pjk

    pjk Administrator Staff Member

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    How sure are you it contains "Time to start practicing bld"? If it was just an alg posted and it was either of those 2 members, I'd scan their post history to see if you can find it that way. This is somewhat of a tough case considering how little content the actual post has.
     

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