I'll totally agree - the search on this forum is awful. I mean, for something that's supposed to be *User friendly* and *for beginner forum users* .... not nearly as good as other forums I've used.
I can't even find my own posts that I've started - I've had to go into my profile and find them that way. I've been around 3 years - but I can't remember jack-shit when it comes to user names or 'other information' in threads.
But yea, Google has been the saving grace.....
Maybe I can throw in another lesson here, based on Jan's commits.
If you are looking for a thread you started, it should be easy to search.
- Go to Search function.
- Can you remember any word (over 3 letters) you used in the title? Perhaps any unusual word you used in the body of the thread? Put that in the search criteria.
- Select the drop down box under the search box and choose title or entire thread.
- Over on the left side, you can put in a handle. I assume if you are looking for a thread you posted to or started, you know your handle.
- Select the drop down box under the handle and you can select posts by a person, or posts started by a person.
- Under this you have search options. I rarely play with any of the date fields, I don't find them that useful. However, I notice there is an option to have it return posts or threads - I may play with that next time I do a search.
- On the right side, you can choose the forums. I usually limit this to 2nd Gen, and make sure the child forums box is marked. Originally, we did not have as many sub-forums and the selection of forums is so poorly done sometimes, it is easier for me to just search it all.
After a few searches, you can start to get the hang of it and then you learn how to pick search words that are more pinpoint.
Hope this helps a few people utilize the search function. I agree it has its limits, but I tend to deal with the tools I have and figure out how to make them work. (I do miss the days the tools at my disposal included a Bridgeport, a lathe, and a welding machine.)