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Old 04-19-2017, 01:22 PM   #1
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Thread title search

When searching for an exact two-word thread title the search results often break up the exact title I'm looking for.
For example, "Smoked Ribs" yields several results with "Ribs...+whatever" or "Smoked...+ whatever", but never the exact word-for-word title I'm searching for. It should instead tell me "Smoked Ribs" not found, but it doesn't. It gives me a bunch of thread titles containing the word "Smoked" or "Ribs".
I understand these are just key search words but it should give me results with the exact title I'm searching for.

Am I doing something wrong or that search feature does not exist?

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Old 04-19-2017, 01:56 PM   #2
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I've had the same issues. You indicate the exact words, search titles only, search for one user name, etc. You still get a crap load of stuff you're not looking for.

Go to Google and do an advanced search using the DC domain name and you get better results.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:04 PM   #3
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All you have to do is surround the phrase you're looking for with quotes. For instance:
"smoked ribs"
This will only return items containing that exact phrase.

Whereas this:
smoked ribs (without the quotes)
will return everything with "smoked" or "ribs" or even close matches like "smoking".

This works for both the standard and advanced search options.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:16 PM   #4
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All you have to do is surround the phrase you're looking for with quotes.
By the way, this same technique works with most search engines. It even works in a lot of applications, such as Microsoft Outlook, where you might want to search for an email containing a specific phrase.
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Old 04-19-2017, 02:33 PM   #5
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Huh. Who knew? Great info, thanks Steve!
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Old 04-19-2017, 03:05 PM   #6
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Huh. Who knew? Great info, thanks Steve!
Me! I knew!

Here's another tip: to restrict search results to a specific website, use this:

site:discusscooking.com

Or a specific domain - accredited educational institutions, for example:

site:*.edu

The star is a placeholder that stands for any number of any characters.
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Old 04-19-2017, 04:23 PM   #7
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Awesome, thanks!
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