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Posted on 08/05/2008 5:10:10 PM PDT by xcamel

A quick and dirty search of any and all of FreeRepublic thanks to Google 'site:' function.

No more excuses...

Google results for site:freerepublic.com.

(Excerpt) Read more at google.com ...


TOPICS: Computers/Internet; Miscellaneous; Reference
KEYWORDS: bossylittlesnot; faq; find; fr; frsearch; getalife; google; lazyfreepers; nag; nanny; nottoobrightfreepers; refusingtosearch; search; threadpolice
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Have at it..
1 posted on 08/05/2008 5:10:11 PM PDT by xcamel
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To: xcamel

Yes, this really does work.

Now, why don’t we just use this as an embed in the site instead of the mostly broken and almost never works search function we have now?


2 posted on 08/05/2008 5:11:35 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: xcamel
The problem isn't FreeRepublic, it is members not switching to ‘search by title’ and/or folks who post threads (I am so guilty of this) and not include keywords.
3 posted on 08/05/2008 5:12:28 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: xcamel
Found this:

Stoooooopidity : On Search Engines and Modern Ignorance (is Google making us lazy ?)

FreeRepublic

4 posted on 08/05/2008 5:14:02 PM PDT by SouthTexas (Invert the 5-4 and you have no rights.)
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To: xcamel

Many newspapers slap their own headlines on stories and columns, thus the same article appearing in one paper may carry a different title in another.


5 posted on 08/05/2008 5:14:59 PM PDT by JennysCool (A man who served his country well vs. a walking Che poster. Is it really that tough a choice?)
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To: Spktyr

Good question...
Like Why to the monthly donors have to “suffer through freepathons” when it would be soooo easy to tag a a monthy donor’s screen name with a ‘paid’ tag - and avoid all the nagware adds for 50 or 60 days a quarter???


6 posted on 08/05/2008 5:15:29 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: JennysCool
Ah.. but it searches the text of the article too... so if you tried the first line of the story.... guess what....
7 posted on 08/05/2008 5:16:51 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: xcamel

Any external search engine can, and does, index FR
contents.

This is very useful for finding old stuff.

Alas, it is nearly useless for avoiding dupes, because
the indexing is only done a few times a day.

Best way to avoid dupes on recent news:
1. Find the original story publisher.
2. Use FR title search on the exact title from the source.

It still won’t catch the dupe 30 seconds ahead of you.

On unmoderated, or post-moderated sites, this just
comes with the territory. If you are the dupe, ask
a mod to merge, lock or kill you.


8 posted on 08/05/2008 5:18:10 PM PDT by Boundless (Legacy Media is hazardous to your mental health)
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To: OKSooner; honolulugal; Killing Time; Beowulf; Mr. Peabody; RW_Whacko; gruffwolf; BlessedBeGod; ...

searching FYI


9 posted on 08/05/2008 5:18:18 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: xcamel

So google search works better?

You might have a point.


10 posted on 08/05/2008 5:18:47 PM PDT by valkyry1
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To: Spktyr
the mostly broken and almost never works search function we have now

Many of us have hoped John would spend time making a real search feature and add post editing, instead of upgrading by changing the fonts and appearance.

That last round of upgrading was ridiculous. Several times a day I was having to readjust browser and desktop fonts from massively large to exceedingly tiny just to read the threads.
11 posted on 08/05/2008 5:18:52 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: mnehrling

I’ve done “Search By Title” repeatedly, with null results, and then had a Google search find the exact title I was looking for.


12 posted on 08/05/2008 5:19:34 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: xcamel
AWESOME!

BumpForLater.

13 posted on 08/05/2008 5:21:03 PM PDT by Bloody Sam Roberts (There are many kinds of love. As for me, nothing swells the heart quite like love of country.)
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To: xcamel

Another innovation that should be used is the [img][/img] tags used on other forums. Most everyone knows how to use those - having to do a full HTML embed AND have to go through and add paragraph tags is so 1990s.


14 posted on 08/05/2008 5:21:52 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: Spktyr
I got 5 million.

FuzzySnake.com


15 posted on 08/05/2008 5:22:57 PM PDT by GaryLee1990 (www.FuzzySnake.com)
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To: Admin Moderator; Jim Robinson; John Robinson

Sirs, respectfully calling your attention to this thread. Can we please get some of these issues fixed/resolved/added?


16 posted on 08/05/2008 5:23:00 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: GaryLee1990
That could be a very valuable link after a bit...
17 posted on 08/05/2008 5:28:42 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: valkyry1; John Robinson
So google search works better?

I seem to remember back about a year after google became known that there was some commentary to the effect that google was not including all FR posts. Do not know if this was true or if it has changed.

18 posted on 08/05/2008 5:34:50 PM PDT by Lucius Cornelius Sulla (Obama "King of Kings and Lord of Lords")
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To: Delacon

FYI your pinglist (spread it around)


19 posted on 08/05/2008 5:40:33 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: Lucius Cornelius Sulla

IIRC, there was a period a few years ago when the Google search engine was prohibited from “indexing” FR threads.

That apparently has changed in recent years.

I use Google frequently to search FR.

I just wish Google had a ‘search only before XXX date’ capability. It would help on locating old articles, etc.


20 posted on 08/05/2008 5:41:14 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: TomGuy

From what I can determine using it often, FR is being indexed about every 2-3 hours.


21 posted on 08/05/2008 5:43:50 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: Spktyr
Now, why don’t we just use this as an embed in the site instead of the mostly broken and almost never works search function we have now?

FR search works just fine if you know how to use it. Make sure you're doing a title search (not a keyword search), and just use ONE key word from the article's title - not the whole title. For instance, if the article you're considering posting is titled "Denver bans buckets of poop at DNC protests," you should just do a title search for "buckets" or perhaps "poop." "Protests" or "Denver" would also be acceptable. I have found that the search engine is unable to handle words shorter than three letters, so keep that in mind.

As for why we don't use the Google search instead - I'm not sure if it's possible to make it sort by date, which is much more useful for these purposes. However with Google you could do a search for a whole string of words within the story and get decent results, I think.

But bottom line - FR search works decently if you do it right.

22 posted on 08/05/2008 5:45:17 PM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: Boundless
2. Use FR title search on the exact title from the source.

It works best if you just use one unique word from the source title, rather than the whole thing, in case the first poster changes the punctuation or misspells a word.

It still won’t catch the dupe 30 seconds ahead of you.

True enough.

23 posted on 08/05/2008 5:46:55 PM PDT by xjcsa (Has anyone seen my cornballer?)
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To: xjcsa

FR search functions

1) click on “forums” to show all forums
2) select the most unique word in the title of the article you want to post.
3) enter that word alone in the ‘search’ box, and select ‘By title (date), and hit ‘Search’
3a) direct URL >> http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/search?m=all;o=time;s=(your unique word)
4) this will find a duplicate 99% of the time.

(this is based on the older search engine)


24 posted on 08/05/2008 5:48:50 PM PDT by xcamel (Conservatives start smart, and get rich, liberals start rich, and get stupid.)
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To: Boundless
On unmoderated, or post-moderated sites, this just comes with the territory. If you are the dupe, ask a mod to merge, lock or kill you.
Would there be any ethical problems with this?
25 posted on 08/05/2008 5:51:33 PM PDT by 21stCenturyFreeThinker
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To: Spktyr; devolve; ntnychik; PhilDragoo; MeekOneGOP; dixiechick2000

If I could just get the time set RIGHT on my Freepmail I would be happy and gay! Well, not gay but REALLY happy!!!!


26 posted on 08/05/2008 5:58:29 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: xcamel
Tinfoil hat time.
27 posted on 08/05/2008 6:07:45 PM PDT by chaos_5 (Some one needs to tell the "Mad Cow" to call the House back into session!)
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To: potlatch

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LOL!

At the sound of the pager.....

It is PT everywhere!


28 posted on 08/05/2008 6:18:37 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead *08 !)
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To: devolve

Yeah, the pager is a big help but having the time two hours behind is a pain!!


29 posted on 08/05/2008 6:21:48 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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CT-2


30 posted on 08/05/2008 6:24:31 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead *08 !)
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To: devolve

Yours is wrong too. It’s set to California time I think.


31 posted on 08/05/2008 6:26:59 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: xcamel
If you open google and hit "advanced search," then scroll down to find particular site or domain, you can do the same thing.

If you are searching for someone's posts, the google system has the most frequently looked-at ones first, rather than the most recent (or some similar calculation of their devising).

32 posted on 08/05/2008 6:31:44 PM PDT by firebrand
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To: mnehrling; John Robinson; Jim Robinson

I would suggest that “search by title” be the default. That’s certainly what I find myself using the most, on the site search, as that’s the best way to check to avoid a repost.


33 posted on 08/05/2008 6:38:47 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: TomGuy

Post editing is a really bad idea. That’s what Preview is all about.

Live with your words.


34 posted on 08/05/2008 6:40:18 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: Spktyr

Those are vBulletin tags. Learn how to use some basic HTML, it isn’t that hard. vBulletin stinks as a forum format, as you can’t reply to a reply effectively. And making routine use of bouncing smileys easy should be a capital offense.


35 posted on 08/05/2008 6:42:19 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Obama: Carter's only chance to avoid going down in history as the worst U.S. president ever.)
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To: FreedomPoster; potlatch

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I wonder how some FReepers seem to be able to edit their previous posts?


36 posted on 08/05/2008 6:45:50 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead *08 !)
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To: devolve

Lol, we know graphic change outs are easy if not sized. Words are a different matter.

They do have re editing on some other forums. Hey, if I make a bad blunder I just ask for the post to be removed, lol.


37 posted on 08/05/2008 6:49:27 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: potlatch

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I know

The SASS forum has editing

For those who shot from the hip


38 posted on 08/05/2008 6:52:18 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead *08 !)
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To: devolve

What is SASS, a gun forum?


39 posted on 08/05/2008 6:59:11 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: xcamel

Which search engine do I use to bring up this thread for later use?


40 posted on 08/05/2008 6:59:13 PM PDT by Right_Wing_Madman
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To: potlatch

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Single Action Shooting Society

Period clothing and firearms

Reinactment style shooting

Combination use of vintage longguns and vintage revolvers

Accuracy

Fast draw competitions

And much more

Lots of women members

Many are better with firearms than the men are

SASS has many different threads too

And member*s offerings of authentic antique hats, etc on one thread - usually

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I’m more into reality with my toys
I know what I can hit and how fast I am

-

“You can never have too much gun!”


41 posted on 08/05/2008 7:09:12 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead *08 !)
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To: FreedomPoster

Oh, I know HTML. It’s just a PITA to have to do it on ONE forum when the other 50 forums I’m on all have vB tags, whether they’re vB or not!

Even phpBB supports that now.

As for reply to a reply - that sort of threading has been fixed - and it can be configured by the admin anyway.


42 posted on 08/05/2008 7:10:02 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: FreedomPoster

Post editing is a great idea! When the history is tracked - like it is on vBulletin now.


43 posted on 08/05/2008 7:11:05 PM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: devolve

Yes, you’ve told me about it before. I just didn’t remember the name. Thanks


44 posted on 08/05/2008 7:11:53 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: xcamel

How about archives?

When I have used google before, my results include posts at
• freerepublic.com
• freerepublic.info
• 209.157.64.200
• 209.157.64.201
(and possibly others)

Sometimes they seem like duplicates, sometimes not.

Are certain things stored on certain sites/servers?
Knowing the structure may facilitate searching for older posts.


45 posted on 08/05/2008 7:16:26 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: xcamel

X, my pinglist couldnt hold a candle to yours and I think mine is 99.9% redundant.


46 posted on 08/05/2008 7:17:57 PM PDT by Delacon ("The urge to save humanity is almost always a false front for the urge to rule." H. L. Mencken)
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To: xcamel

If you understand the search function here and use it properly, it works just fine. I have looked for older articles when I remember just a word or two of the title, and I find them pretty darn quick and easy.


47 posted on 08/05/2008 7:18:58 PM PDT by JustaDumbBlonde ("When the government fears the people there is liberty ... " Thomas Jefferson)
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To: potlatch

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I think they now even have a class for the very early first Colt semiauto pistols


48 posted on 08/05/2008 7:20:43 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead *08 !)
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To: mnehrling

The previous search tool worked very well, in my opinion. With this new one I’m not even sure if I need to get rid of the little asterisk that always shows up.


49 posted on 08/05/2008 7:20:45 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: xcamel; TomGuy
Google has about 260,000 servers in the US. You would think they could index one of the top traffic sites!!!
50 posted on 08/05/2008 7:21:26 PM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.)
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