How to do a search:
1. Click Search in the upper right hand corner of the top bar.
2. At the Search screen, click More Options.
3. You can narrow your search using one or more of the following
Search by Keyword:*
This takes practice but is really “key”!
apple banana: Find posts that contain at least one of these words
+apple +juice: Find posts with both words
+apple -juice: Find posts with 'apple' but not 'juice'
apple*: Find posts with 'apple' and/or 'applesauce'
"Some Words": Find posts with the phrase 'some words of wisdom', 'some words' but not 'some noise word.
Filter By Member Name:
If you want to see only those posts for a specific member relating to
the keyword(s) entered, type the user name in the Filter By Member
Name field. If you want to see all posts from everyone who has
"tutu" in their user name, then you can put that in this field. If you
want to see only those posts by a specific user, type the user name and click the Match Exact Name box.
If you don't know the exact spelling of a user name, click Members
on the top bar of the forum page to see a list of everyone who has
registered on Ballet Talk! You can search alphabetically. (I find this does not always work perfectly.)
Use this filter to select one or more forums you would like to include
in the search. The default is All Forums. You can select more than one
by holding the CTRL key, on your PC, down while clicking on each desired forum.
If you choose a main forum group (such as Special Groups) you
can perform the search in all the forums that fall under the larger
group (Moms and Dads, SI Feedback Survey, etc.) by clicking the
Search in child forums if sub category is chosen? box which is the default.
Search Post From:*
Use this filter to set the time period you want to search. Select the
time period from the drop down box. Then, select Newer or
Older than the period you select. Be very careful to choose these options carefully so you can save yourself a great deal of time!
Sort Results By:
Determines how the results are organized on the screen.
Select how the results will be sorted from the drop down box and then
choose what method: by Last posting Date, by Number of Replies, Poster Name, Forum Name and click either Ascending or Descending.
Allows you to search in the title of the threads only or
anywhere within the thread where the selected keyword(s) appear.
Use this filter to group like results under one topic or to group like
results under one post.
After selecting all of the search criteria, click Perform
The results of your search display in a new window. Click on the
desired post to review the contents.
Searching is often quite easy. I have *starred the actions that I find the most helpful, but everyone will have their own “favorite” way to look for things. Sometimes, however, it takes a bit of
time and effort to refine one's methods. You may well have to try several different "keywords" - but if you take the time, you'll be astounded by what you'll be able to find!
~ balletbooster and BW
Edited by BW, 12 September 2005 - 01:18 PM.