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Old 04-27-2013, 07:28 AM
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*** The BEST way to search RX8Club.com! ***

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The best way to search this forum:
RX-8 Club has tons of information on hand. And I mean tons. Literally. Add up the weight of everyone's brain, and it will be several tons. Sorry, I know that was bad.

Collectively, we know more than any one dealership, tech, repair shop, or spec manual. However, as usual, the information doesn't all sit in one place, it doesn't sit in one head, and we have our idiots, our morons, our ********, our kids, our jerks, and our literary incompetents. Just like any forum. Fortunately, we have relatively fewer of those than most other car communities out there. But they still exist.

We also have a Search button, and a Search function for the board, but it isn't very good. It removes words that it sees as common or too short, but are a critical part of the search. It doesn't allow for search by relevancy, as in real relevancy. You mostly have to do alot of hunting and pecking in the search results to come up with what you might be looking for.

Add the two above issues together, and you can easily take all day to find only bad information.


But I have good news! You can improve your results and search speed by up to 15% by switching to Google!

As in Google.com.

Go to Google.com, and in the search box, type: site:rx8club.com
Then a space.
Then start typing what you are looking for.

Like this:
RX8Club.com search via Google

Your Google search results will be ONLY from this forum, and it will use all the power and intelligence of the best search engine in the world.

I still use that function nearly every day between RX8Club.com, Miata.net, Mazdas247.com, Mazda-speed.com, and Stackoverflow.com. So if you have a question that you think is common, give that search method a try, sit back with your beverage of choice and start reading

Additional Google Search tip:
If you are trying to search within a specific thread for information threads that turn out to be very long, add the name of the thread to your search in quotes. This will not restrict the search to just that thread, however the results from that thread will be bias'ed towards the top of the Google search results, and usually be the first results.

Like this:
Search RX8Club.com's Dumb Question Thread for MAF Sensor posts


Additional Google Search tip:
If you are getting lots of noise in your result set for some reason, or things not related to your problem, add negative qualifiers to your search string. For example searching site:rx8club.com alternator -starter will only give you results that DO contain alternator, and DON'T contain 'starter'.
Often, it may be helpful to use this with:
-mobile and/or -m.rx8club.com to remove the mobile sites
-tagged to remove the links that are only a list of threads with the tags (our tag system is largely useless)

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Old 05-01-2013, 12:07 PM
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Additional Search Options

(Both of these are thanks to paimon-soror!)

PHP Searches:
If Google is too hard, or you are boycotting them or something, check this out instead for a method on how to do more complicated .PHP searches: https://www.rx8club.com/showthread.php?t=219294
(It's harder than Google, but handy information if you are of the mindset that might find that appealing)


Firefox Add-on:
This addon, developed by paimon-soror, embeds the RX8Club search into Firefox for easy access:
https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/and...x8club-search/

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