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MikeC
Administrator

USA
21584 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2005 :  6:27:23 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
As most of us know, the forum's search engine can perform only basic searches, which isn't very useful when trying to find specific infomation in a multi-page thread, such as the "Finescale Modeling General Discussion" thread (89 pages now) or the "Railroad Camp Construction" thread (62 pages). The best it can do is identify the topic, but not give you the actual page number.

Today Rick posted an excellent tip for using Google to ID the specific topic and page #. It's simple, and it's a whole lot faster than using the forum's search engine.

...try using Google instead of the forums search feature. Click on the advanced search link and you can enter the forums url in the text box next to domain.

I tried it twice using specific keywords and the forum's URL (www.railroad-line.com) and it gave me the exact answer in only a few seconds both times.

Thanks, Rick! That's one of the best tips we've had in a long time![:-thumbu][:-thumbu]


jatravia
Fireman

USA
2831 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2005 :  7:26:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great tip! I need to try to remember that one.

Joe <><
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ANo10
Fireman

USA
2773 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2005 :  7:56:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Mike,

Maybe we can make this tip a sticky. Thanks again Rick.

Edited by - ANo10 on 10/17/2005 7:58:07 PM
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Dutchman
Administrator

USA
31273 Posts

Posted - 10/17/2005 :  7:58:26 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick,
GREAT TIP!!!
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jaynjay
Fireman

USA
5688 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  04:14:29 AM  Show Profile  Visit jaynjay's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I am no computer wizard by any means, but could the google search option be added to the Forum page right after "Search" but before "Statistics"?

John
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George D
Moderator

USA
15200 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  08:22:23 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's a great tip Rick. I tried it on a travel bulletin board I frequently look at and it overwhelmed me with hits.

George
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mikeLV
Crew Chief

USA
970 Posts

Posted - 10/18/2005 :  9:04:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks again Rick!

Mike
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mikeLV
Crew Chief

USA
970 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  09:22:09 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Rick, You got my curiosity up, so i started looking into other search tips on Google.

What the Advanced search is actually doing is using this format in the search box:
searchword site:railroad-line.com

So, if you were searching for watchworks on our forum, you could simply type on the google search bar itself as: WATCHWORKS site:railroad-line.com

There is a tool that can be used to add this google search feature, free of charge, to any NON-COMMERCIAL site.

The code to be inserted to do this for the forum would be:
<iframe style="width:300px; height:35px; margin:5px;" frameborder=0 scrolling=no
src="http://search.digitalpoint.com/iframe.php?site=www.railroad-line.com&b=1&l=1&y=1"></iframe>

The parms at the end are &b=Show the submit button; &l=Show the Google logo; and &y=Search your site only (vs. Web and your site). So you can customize it as you wish. Additional info about this can be found at: http://www.digitalpoint.com/tools/search/

I only minimally experimented with this, so I can't say if there would be any issues, etc...
But it seemed to work perfectly in a little html I set up myself.
So if it cannot be added to the forum, you could build a small html file using this code and place it on your desktop. Everytime you wanted to search the forum, just click and type your search criteria.

Fun stuff. Let us know if anybody comes up with other search tips.


Mike
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MikeC
Administrator

USA
21584 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  09:42:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks, Mike. I'll pass this on to Joe. Maybe he can add it to the forum software.

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Admin
Forum Admin

USA
5745 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  10:22:55 AM  Show Profile  Visit Admin's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Hi guys... Ill look into it !!!


Joe
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jatravia
Fireman

USA
2831 Posts

Posted - 10/21/2005 :  11:04:28 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Sounds like a great idea to me - I hope it works.

Joe <><

ps - as an aside: those of you who pay attention to me know that last weekend I went on a church retreat. It was a small group of 12 men. Of the 12 men 6 of us were named Joe and 4 of the 6 Joes, including myself, have gotees. Go figure! The running joke was "has anyone seen Joe?".
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kay4pacific
Fireman

USA
4765 Posts

Posted - 07/09/2006 :  12:33:45 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great tip, Will use this from time to time
Thank you [:-thumbu] [:-thumbu]
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toddsyr
New Hire

USA
38 Posts

Posted - 08/20/2006 :  06:42:27 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Great tip. Google has also recently added a Video search tool. I just finished a 59 hour work week so haven't scoped it out yet, but I plan to! It should prove very fruitful for train vids, I hope! Todd
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Geezer
Engineer

USA
12973 Posts

Posted - 06/11/2008 :  12:41:25 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Its an old post, but it still works Great!!!!
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railmus
Fireman

Canada
1973 Posts

Posted - 06/11/2008 :  11:03:54 PM  Show Profile  Visit railmus's Homepage  Reply with Quote
I have posted this before.
My Google tool bar allows me to search the "Current Site".

If you have this tool bar installed, it is really easy. Type in your query.
Beside the coloured word "Google" there is a "G" in a black box.
To the right of this is a down arrow. Click on this and a menu drops down. Lo and behold, "Current Site" Click on this.

Edited by - railmus on 06/11/2008 11:05:13 PM
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Jerry Martin
New Hire

USA
21 Posts

Posted - 07/28/2016 :  7:33:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Since the lounge was opened early this morning I guess i missed everybody, donuts all gone, coffee cold, oh well,,,,,Hey guys am wondering about the level of activity in the scales these days, or the most popular as far as new offerings etc. I have been gone from the hobby now for about 5yrs and thinking of constructing a small layout but undecided about scale. Was in Sn3 back many years ago and then in On30 for a good while, nice and I enjoyed it but it sucked up a lot of real estate fast with O structures etc.
I was thinking Hon3 but discovered after posting unanswered questions and seeing the lounge after 5 yrs only has 18 pages maybe there is not much activity in that scale anymore? I guess the next logical step would be ho std. but need to give it some thought as narrow gauge has always been my thing.
Maybe Sn3 again?? Well nice to drop in again and see some of the same faces I used to know........Jerry
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