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Old 04-24-20, 02:44 PM
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Search for a phrase in BF?

Is it possible to search Bike Forums for a phrase rather than individual words? Usually Advanced Search allows you to, or putting the phrase in quotes searches for what's between them. Ironically, the Search in the FAQ section allows you to "Match All Words", "Match Any Words" or "Match COmplete Phrase" but not the Search or Advanced Search in the regular forum. Am I missing something? Thanks in advance.
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Old 04-24-20, 03:14 PM
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What are you searching for? I think the BikeForums search may be "Match Any Word" when "Match All Words" is often more useful.

Also, if the results come back with a very long thread, then it can be useful to search the thread in a second search to pick out your phrase.

I'll also use Google to execute searches:
Pumice Desert site:Bikeforums.net
Pumice Desert CliffordK site:Bikeforums.net (I like to search for my own posts)
Pumice Desert CliffordK site:https://www.bikeforums.net/touring (if you are careful, you can specify the subforum to search with Google).
"Pumice Desert" site:Bikeforums.net
"Desert Pumice" site:Bikeforums.net Google allows quotes, and seems to be order specific for the words.
Google is supposed to also use Boolean logic (xyz AND abc) (xyz OR abc) (xyz,abc), although I'm not sure how rigorous it is with the rules. It seems to allow some flexibility.

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I like photos, and use the Google Photos as part of my searches, but unfortunately BikeForums changed their photo format a few years ago, so the old photos don't show up in the Google searches, but the new ones do.
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Old 04-24-20, 05:17 PM
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Thanks, I learned something! The Google search seemed to do the trick. I didn't know you could specify what Web site to search in Google. Very helpful! Still have trouble with the BF search though.
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Old 04-25-20, 05:17 AM
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Originally Posted by alandmor View Post
Still have trouble with the BF search though.
you're not alone. I took use Google to find stuff on BF
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Old 04-27-20, 01:37 PM
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You should be able to put quotes around the entire phrase in our search tool, as well.
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Old 04-27-20, 02:30 PM
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searching here is awful! AWFUL....google is what I use, if that comes up empty I just ask and annoy the masses sometimes.
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Old 04-27-20, 03:13 PM
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Originally Posted by sdmc530 View Post
searching here is awful! AWFUL....google is what I use, if that comes up empty I just ask and annoy the masses sometimes.
Do you ever use the "Advanced Search" function?
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Do you ever use the "Advanced Search" function?
yes...its still difficult to find what you are looking for. Google works way WAY better.
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