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2dogs
June 4, 2003, 07:20 PM
Is there a reason why search words have to be longer than 2 letters?

If I'm searching for "Beretta M9" or "Taurus Model 66" I can't do it because the "M9" and "66" are not acceptable length- so how else would I search for them? Same goes on TheFiringLine. It's annoying to search "Beretta" and then have to go through every post to find what I want.

Is there a way of doing this of which I am unaware?

Thanks.

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P95Carry
June 4, 2003, 08:10 PM
This can be a drag 2dogs . agreed ...... I run a vbulletin board and cannot remember right now what options I have in control panel.

Just checked .. in fact it could be set at 1!!! Trouble is, the search database grows rather disproportionately at these levels and 3 really is IMO a practical limit. As an experiment I have changed my board's setting to 2 . and I'll see how well it copes .... not much traffic tho so probably won't matter.

Try if you can to not only narrow your searches by limiting forums to look in .... but try too to use Boolean methods. You'll see that apart from separating words with spaces .. you may join them instead with ''and'', ''or'' or ''not'' ..... this way it should be possible to ask for, say ...... BerettaandM9 and get hits on that exact phrase.

Sometimes too . it's worth imagining what phrases people might write ..... for instance someone could well write ''the M9'' ...... and if that was used for keywords .. could work sometimes. Experiment a bit. Search is pretty good but not perfect.

2dogs
June 5, 2003, 07:33 AM
P95Carry

The method you suggested (BerettaandM9) seems to work- thanks, I appreciate it!:)

Kevlarman
June 5, 2003, 08:08 AM
You can also add an * to the word.

For instance, M9* will find all words that begin with M9 and end with any other letter. Should be good enough!

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