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Old 07-04-2007, 02:24 PM   #1
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Two word searches

Is there any way to search for text strings containing spaces? For instance, a search for [cheese sauce], brackets omitted from the search input field, returns all threads with both words anywhere within the thread but not necessarily in order. Sorta Like Cordon Bleu is a good example.

Of course in advanced search you can opt to "search titles only" but while that screens out a lot of irrelevant results, it also excludes many very relevant posts.

Is there any way around this? Perhaps something I've missed or an administrative software option that could be used?

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Old 07-04-2007, 02:41 PM   #2
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quotation marks around a set of words will get it to search for the exact quote. it is limiting, as it searches for the words exactly as you placed them in quotes.
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Old 07-04-2007, 03:13 PM   #3
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quotation marks around a set of words will get it to search for the exact quote. it is limiting, as it searches for the words exactly as you placed them in quotes.
BT, I use quotes with google but it doesn't seem to work with the search function inside DC. Search "cheese sauce" and Chicken cordon swiss leaks everywhere is one of early threads returned. I can't find an instance of "cheese" and "sauce" occurring contiguously in that thread.

I'm probably missing something simple here so please be patient with me.
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Old 07-04-2007, 06:22 PM   #4
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Hey, skillet, I tried something that might be what you are looking for.

Go to Advanced Search and in the "Key Words" box, type in (as an example) cheese sauce, below that window change the search to "Search Titles Only" and see if this helps.

Doing this seems to narrow a search significantly.
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:41 PM   #5
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Hey, skillet, I tried something that might be what you are looking for.

Go to Advanced Search and in the "Key Words" box, type in (as an example) cheese sauce, below that window change the search to "Search Titles Only" and see if this helps.

Doing this seems to narrow a search significantly.
Thanks Katie.

"Search Titles Only" certainly does reduce the number of returned results. Of course it also fails to return all the information nestled within a thread that doesn't correspond to one of the key words in the title. Hypothetically, I might begin a thread titled "I'm tired of broccoli" and you might reply with a post in the gist of "Try it with this great cheese sauce." Your post would not be returned in a "Titles Only" search.

It may be that giving titles to replies, a rare practice, would help somewhat but I haven't tested the question, and it isn't particularly helpful to a user inputing query criteria.
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Old 07-04-2007, 07:47 PM   #6
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You're right, skillet, but I was just playin' around and discovered what I suggested. There should/must be a way to do what you're looking for, but I'm not that literate in the ways of the computer world to delve deeper.
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Skillet: one thing that has helped me in the searchs (google or yahoo ) is to put it this way : cheese+sauce+recipe
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It may be that giving titles to replies, a rare practice, would help somewhat but I haven't tested the question, and it isn't particularly helpful to a user inputing query criteria.
Putting a title into every post made would certainly help tremendously.
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