Search help . . .

Discussion in 'General Topics' started by BobJ, May 22, 2007.

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  1. BobJ

    BobJ Registered Member

    May 11, 2007
    Bullhead City, AZ, USA
    In trying to use the "advanced search" function on this board, I wanted to see if I could find any posts on "verify" versus "check" versus "validate" so that I wouldn't have to ask a question that's already been asked and answered many times here (see my post at

    But I couldn't find any help selection on the advanced search to see if there were any Boolean operators I was supposed to use for multiple words. Just using a single word like "check" gives far too many results to be pertinent.

    I did look on the FAQ's and saw the link to the post at explaining the limitations of the forum search engine.

    I tried putting "Archive Verification" in the advanced search by "key word(s)" field, but all I got were posts containing the word "Archive", so it seemed that the search was only going by the first word.

    So, how do I search on multiple words and phrases, or should I use Google as the linked post on the FAQ instructs??
  2. LowWaterMark

    LowWaterMark Administrator

    Aug 10, 2002
    New England
    If you put multiple words, it is an automatic AND search, so the results returned should contain all the words that were on the keywords line.

    Searching the ATI section for just the word: archive



    Searching the ATI section for both words: archive verification



    Each post returned in the results definitely contains both archive and verification. Note that using a plus sign, ( such as +verification ), will return the same results as it did without the plus sign, so that confirms the implied AND operation.

    The minus sign seems to work to return results containing the first word (or words), but not the minus signed word.

    Putting quotes around "archive verification" does not appear to make it search for the phrase "archive verification". It simply returns the same AND based results noted above, meaning posts containing both words simply somewhere in the post bodies. You may need to use Google for phrases.
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