Skip to comments.FR Search tool for those who swear "search don't work"
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.
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From what I can determine using it often, FR is being indexed about every 2-3 hours.
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.
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 wont catch the dupe 30 seconds ahead of you.
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)
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?
If I could just get the time set RIGHT on my Freepmail I would be happy and gay! Well, not gay but REALLY happy!!!!
At the sound of the pager.....
It is PT everywhere!
Yeah, the pager is a big help but having the time two hours behind is a pain!!
Yours is wrong too. It’s set to California time I think.
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).
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.
Post editing is a really bad idea. That’s what Preview is all about.
Live with your words.
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.
I wonder how some FReepers seem to be able to edit their previous posts?
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.
The SASS forum has editing
For those who shot from the hip
What is SASS, a gun forum?
Which search engine do I use to bring up this thread for later use?
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