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GOLD Member since Aug 2002

Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: sheffield, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3252
Posted:As people are often referred to the search engine when asking stuff that's been well covered before I thought a thread about optimising search engine use may be good.

I've just done a search using 'search' which produced thousands of results, then used 'search tips' and 'search optimisation' which produced none.

So I'll assume that there isn't already a thread like this one; if anyone knows of one then please let me know.

I guess there's two ways to progress, firstly anyone who has learnt any good time saveing tricks with the engine can post them, secondly, people can ask questions about the search function.

My questions are: -

1. The search seems to default to restricting itself to the particular forum it is called from i.e. a search in the 'social discussion' will search only the 'social discussion' threads.

There is also the option of searching all open forums, or choosing any single forum from a drop down list.

I find the 'all open forums' to be tediously slow; is there some way to exclude a few particular forums, other than running several consequtive searchs?

2. Sometimes it is useful to post a link to a particular thread; this is just a matter of copying and pasting the page address.

However, when the search function returns its list of threads, the page address is just the HOP homepage address.

Is their any way to link to a page of search results?

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BRONZE Member since Aug 2002


Carpal \'Tunnel
Location: Warwickshire, United Kingdom

Total posts: 3136
Posted:to link to a page of search results the click page 2, then copy the link on page 2 to page 1. It's to do with POST and GET methods that your browser uses to submit form data, and not interesting


SAPPHIRE Member since Nov 2003


HOP admin
Location: New Zealand

Total posts: 1032
Posted:The discussion forum search engine is a big drain on the server. That is why it is slowed down so as not to slow down other parts of the site.

If you want fast and to search through "Help","Poi Moves","Technical","Staff moves" and "other toys" then you are best to use this search here
Get to it normally by clicking on the
Non-Https Image Link
image at the top of the page.

It is faster because it is an indexed search. However the indexes are only updated every 2 weeks to include new posts.

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