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Search Engine and You

Discussion in 'Read First :: Frequently Asked Questions' started by MikeBergy, Jul 22, 2006.

  1. MikeBergy

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    So you may be new to Hondaswap; we were all newbies at one time or another, and all of us have had plenty of questions to be answered in regards to many different topics. You should not feel ashamed just because you do not have the answer to every one of your questions. But know this: many of the questions you will want to have answered most likely have already been answered, and many of those answers here on our (and your) very own Hondaswap. You might not know this, but topics and forum threads started here on Hondaswap do not get deleted - they are archived indefinitely, or as long as the host hardware does not crash, and this archived content can be accessed by any Hondaswap user at anytime. There may be days where you might just want to start a new thread in one of the forums before taking the chance to search; please don't do this. It is just a waste of time, and a good way to show all of your Hondaswap community how lazy you really are when you aren't working on the Honda. Next will be shown a series of screenshots, showing how to use the search engine.

    The search engine can be accessed via a button on the main toolbar at the top of the page, as shown below.
    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=306&stc=1&d=1153561609
    When you click on the search button, a box will open up, allowing you to do one of two things; either type in your search keywords, or select the advanced searched, which will be discussed later.

    The big thing that gets people annoyed with searching is either not finding what they are looking for, or getting too much information that they didn't want. The particular search engine for hondaswap will not seach for keywords 3 characters or less. This means no searching for LSD, PCP, TNT, ect... as shown in the example below.
    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=307&stc=1&d=1153561609
    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=308&stc=1&d=1153561609

    As it is shown, the word 'hi', although very abundantly used on the forums, cannot be searched for, as it is too short.

    The next problem many searching newbies have is getting too much stuff in their search. Choice of keywords is key in getting the information you want (pun intended). The next couple examples will show an example of inefficiently and efficiently using the search engine. We will look for some info on swapping out rear brake drums for a better rear disc setup. First, we'll use the keywords 'civic swap'.
    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=309&stc=1&d=1153561609

    As you can see next, there is an overwhelming number of search results. for this example, this should be obvious that those keywords would yield a large result on Hondaswap.
    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=310&stc=1&d=1153561609


    If we type in more specific keywords, the search is narrowed down to a more specific result.http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=311&stc=1&d=1153562349

    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=312&stc=1&d=1153562349

    You can see a more specifically aimed search will yield a chance of finding the info you are looking for.
    The Advanced search is just another way of further narrowing down the search. Take note of the screenshot below.
    http://hondaswap.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=314&stc=1&d=1153562594

    As you can see, you can search for threads in specific forums, and this is handy if you want to, for instance, find out some info on how to do a rear disc swap on a civic, and then perform another search in the classifieds forum for people that may be selling the parts needed for the swap. All this can be done without starting a new thread, keeping all the administrators, moderators, and senior Hondaswap users happy. It also makes things go a bit faster than if you had to wait for someone to come online, and answer your question.

    If you can't tell, I'm bored, and in a good mood, having drank a large quantity of mountain dew on the way home from work. ha.
     

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