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Beginner's Guide To Searching MAP

Searching Martial Arts Planet

Possibly the most important part of posting is seeing if it has already been done/asked before.
A quick search can save being flamed or your thread being closed.
There are two ways to search the forum: a basic search and an advanced search. To perform a search, click the Search button from the lower menu-bar:

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This is the basic search box. To run a basic search, simply type your criteria (what you want to search for) in the box and click Go. clicking Advanced Search below the basic search box opens a page like this:

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On this page, there are seven areas that can narrow down your search results:

Search by Key Word

This is the same as the basic search.
All of the options on the lower part of this page are used to narrow-down the criteria in this box.
Below the box, there is a small drop-down with two options: Search Entire Posts and Search Titles Only. these do exactly as they say: choose whether your search applies to every word in a post or just the post titles.

Search by User Name

Sometimes you may want to search by people’s User Names instead of by a word, or possibly by both.
Maybe you have seen a post by somebody that you thought was useful and want to find it again. Simply type in a User Name in the User Name: box.

Search Options

These options allow you to narrow-down the criteria you typed in above:

Find Threads with

Here there is a drop-down with two options: At Least and At Most and a box where you can input a number of replies. Choose one option from the drop-down then enter a number in the box.

Search in Forum

To restrict your search to only one area or one forum, you can select the forum from the list e.g. to find your answer in the General Discussion forum, simply click General Discussion then Search Now. to search in a forum area, click the forum title e.g. Fun and Games then Search Now. To search in more than one forum, hold down the Control (Ctrl) button on your computer keyboard and click on the forums you want to search. By default, Also search in child forums is selected. It is best that you leave it selected to get better results.

Find Posts from

In this area, you will see two drop-downs. By clicking the downwards arrow beside the first, you will see:
  • Any Date (which is the default)
  • Last Visit
  • Yesterday
  • A Week Ago
  • 2 Weeks Ago
  • A Month Ago
  • 3 Months Ago
  • 6 Months Ago
  • A Year Ago
Simply click how far you want to go back. Next to this drop-down, there is another, with only two options:
  • And Newer (the default)
  • And Older
Selecting one of these options makes your criteria, as an example, “Find posts from a week ago and newer

Sort Results by

Below the Find Posts from area, is the Sort Results by area. This area again has two drop-downs:
  • Relevancy
  • Title
  • Number of Replies
  • Number of Views
  • Threat Start Date
  • Last Posting Date (the default)
  • User Name
  • Forum
and:
  • In Descending Order (the default)
  • In Ascending Order
By selecting an option from each drop-down you make your criteria for this section, e.g. sort results by Thread Start Date In Ascending Order

Show Results as

Instead of the drop-downs used in most of the rest of this section, this time you only have 2 dots to choose from: Show results as
  • Threads (the default)
  • Posts
with Threads selected, your results will be shown in their original threads, or with Posts selected, only the original posts that your criteria appears in.

You may have noticed when viewing a Forum or thread that there is an option in the forum/thread header that says Search this Forum/Thread. This acts in exactly the same way as the Basic and Advanced searches covered above.

There you have it. How to use both the Basic and Advanced Searches on Martial Arts Planet.
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