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Search tips for the New Year - Newbies/frustrated posters

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Hi all -

 

Happy New Year to all from the East Coast of the US... coming soon.

 

I have been meaning to post a short item about search since I have been collecting several reasons why.

 

1) Lots of posts from new owners of 2002's and great to see the joy is always spreading

 

2) Lots of posts start out with, "I tried to find an answer but did not see anything on the FAQ"

 

3) People posting with titles like "Hey need help" or "What's this"

 

I know there are a million posts on searching, but Simeon just had this in a recent reply and I wanted to add to it:

 

       " Use the search function on any subject and you will find plenty to read (tip: scroll down and select ‘find results that contain - all of my search words’)"

 

My other tips are that:

 

- I always click the spyglass symbol to get to the advanced search. Just typing in words at the top level search box is usually a recipe for frustration.

 

- I always do an initial search looking for search words "in the title only". Most of the time this gives me a great short list of great answers. I might have to try a couple variations on the phrases I search for, but "use all my search words" on "the title only" for me has been so much better.

 

- Finally I always choose Content Type = Topics and then select BMW2002 General Discussion. This gives me the forum and not all of the buy/sell and other noise that I don't want.

 

So that is my advice and also you can see why posting titles are so important in this scheme. An awesome discussion of an unknown relay in the steering column might be missed if the the original post is "What's this" but I would be sure to find it if the original post title was "Steering column relay" or even "Unknown relay".

 

OK... to the guy who had the recent column relay post, I am not sure what your title was, so not picking on you :), but I just remember this to use as an example here.

 

My final wish for the New Year, besides world peace and the Packers returning to the playoffs some day :(... is that posters of "problems" come back and add one final post that gives the SOLUTION to the mystery once you solve the problem. Those posts or worth gold!!

 

 

 

 

 

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1 hour ago, worzella said:

posters of "problems" come back and add one final post that gives the SOLUTION to the mystery once you solve the problem. Those posts or worth gold!!

+1--your own solution--or the one posted by someone else--that solves your problem will be beneficial to everyone, since a future search will not only turn up the problem in a previous post, but also the solution.

 

Feliz Ano Nuevo everyone

 

mike

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The search engines employed by most forums are inexpensive/free, or maybe we are just used to Google’s search effectiveness. Therefore, I highly recommend having Google search the forum using a dork search.

 

Set your browser’s default search engine to Google, enter

”keyword or search term” site:http://bmw2002faq.com

into the browser address box.

 

Other Google search operators:

  • filetype: followed (without a space) by a file extension returns files of the specified type, such as DOC, PDF, XLS and INI. Multiple file types can be searched for simultaneously by separating extensions with “|”.
  • inurl: followed by a particular string returns results with that sequence of characters in the URL.
  • intext: followed by the searcher’s chosen word or phrase returns files with the string anywhere in the text.

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3 hours ago, fjord-tii said:

The search engines employed by most forums are inexpensive/free, or maybe we are just used to Google’s search effectiveness. Therefore, I highly recommend having Google search the forum using a dork search.

 

Set your browser’s default search engine to Google, enter

”keyword or search term” site:http://bmw2002faq.com

into the browser address box.

 

Other Google search operators:

  • filetype: followed (without a space) by a file extension returns files of the specified type, such as DOC, PDF, XLS and INI. Multiple file types can be searched for simultaneously by separating extensions with “|”.
  • inurl: followed by a particular string returns results with that sequence of characters in the URL.
  • intext: followed by the searcher’s chosen word or phrase returns files with the string anywhere in the text.

 

This.

 

Add the following link to your bookmarks:

 

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Abmw2002faq.com

 

When you want to find something, open the link and add the words you're looking for in the search box. Be sure to add them next to the word(s) "site:bmw2002faq.com" (don't delete it)

 

Here's an example of how it works:

 

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Abmw2002faq.com+what+size+wheels

 

or

 

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Abmw2002faq.com+what+oil

 

or 

 

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Abmw2002faq.com+brake+upgrade

 

Whatever you can think of. The sky is the limit. 

 

https://www.google.com/search?&q=site%3Abmw2002faq.com+what+octane

 

Of course, this thread will never be read by the people who need it most. Who types "search" into a search box? I wonder how often people google the word "google."

 

 

 

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Didn’t we used to have a ‘read first / rules of the board’ post that was stickied to the top?

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