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    Default Searching CUK Forums

    You can give it a go using the Search in the website, but don't expect much.

    Google is your friend for this.
    • Just add "site:forums.contractoruk.com" at the end of your search terms, and it will only look on here.
    • To specify a particular forum add site:forums.contractoruk.com/forum-name eg "site:forums.contractoruk.com/business-contracts".

    (I know these instructions are in the newbies netiquette thread, but I think they're worth repeating).

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    Ta, I didn't realise you can append the forum name.

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    If you include the thread ID (i.e. the number before the thread title in the URL, such as 58311 for this thread) then you can search individual threads. For example, find mentions of "smilies" in TPD by searching for site:http://forums.contractoruk.com/light-relief/4465 smilies

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    Another useful one is to use the "intitle:" modifier on your search. This can be combined with the usual search terms, and any of the options mentioned above. For example, a search for Monday Links threads which mention Frank Sinatra would be:
    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" sinatra
    If Sinatra and links aren't your thing, a more relevant one might be something like:
    site:forums.contractoruk.com/accounting-legal/ intitle:dividends "tax year"
    which will focus your search on posts in Accounting/Legal that contain the phrase "tax year" and have the term "dividends" in the thread title, meaning they're likely to be about that specific topic.

    It's probably overkill for a lot of cases, but it can be useful if you're trying to be really specific and a more general search is returning more noise than signal

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    Is there any way of searching for the same words within a single post?

    e.g.
    site:forums.contractoruk.com nickfitz smart arse
    returns lots of irrelevant results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    Is there any way of searching for the same words within a single post?

    e.g.
    site:forums.contractoruk.com nickfitz smart arse
    returns lots of irrelevant results.
    You can put ""'s around the search term if you want to find a phrase.

    Try the google search building. It will make the search for you so you can try different options.

    Google Advanced Search

    The results aren't irrelevant, they are all pages that contain those three words. I'm not really sure what you are asking. You can use an OR function between words or the '-' tp remove words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by northernladuk View Post
    You can put ""'s around the search term if you want to find a phrase.

    Try the google search building. It will make the search for you so you can try different options.

    Google Advanced Search

    The results aren't irrelevant, they are all pages that contain those three words. I'm not really sure what you are asking. You can use an OR function between words or the '-' tp remove words.
    I guess I was asking if you could search for two words that appear in the same post, but not necessarily together. I suspect the answer is no.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mudskipper View Post
    I guess I was asking if you could search for two words that appear in the same post, but not necessarily together. I suspect the answer is no.
    If "appear on the same page of a thread" is acceptable, remember that a phrase, in the sense of a search term surrounded by double-quotes, can be one word long. So if you put each word in quotes individually:

    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" "apocalypse" <- 4 results


    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" "chicago" <- 11 results

    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" "apocalypse" "chicago" <- 1 result


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    Quote Originally Posted by NickFitz View Post
    If "appear on the same page of a thread" is acceptable, remember that a phrase, in the sense of a search term surrounded by double-quotes, can be one word long. So if you put each word in quotes individually:

    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" "apocalypse" <- 4 results


    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" "chicago" <- 11 results

    site:forums.contractoruk.com intitle:"monday links" "apocalypse" "chicago" <- 1 result

    That's the same as without the quotes. I guess it's as good as we're going to get. Can't think of a specific example, but thinking of when I've remembered a particular person using a word or phrase in a post.

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