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Old Apr. 24th, '12, 5:17 pm   #1
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Exclamation Tip: A better way to search our forums!

Well, our forums and any other websites. The "search" feature that resides within the vBulletin forum software can be frustratingly aloof in finding what we are looking for. Today I learned that we can use Google to conduct a search of our own forums, and it does a much better job of finding what you're looking for than the forum search engine embedded in the vBulletin forum software.

In the google search text box type the following:

This will tell Google to search only the XBS website for the keywords you typed following the website.

So if you're ever looking/searching for something on a forum/site and can't quite find it, give this method a try and see if that helps.

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Old Apr. 24th, '12, 5:28 pm   #2
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Interesting. I went ahead and moved this into the "Site Help" forum.

I'll have to test it with some things that I know vBulletin doesn't search. Although, I have really good luck with vBulletin searches. The sad part, and I hate to admit it, it's because I can remember what was talked about in the post or thread. Meaning, I can remember that a thread about trains might have had a baseball reference in it So if I can't find the train thread, I'll search the baseball term that was referenced.

It's a sickness
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Old Apr. 24th, '12, 7:09 pm   #3
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Nice tip OSB

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