Topic: This forum is not searchable???

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Wraiththe (Over 1 year ago)
Why isn't this forum searchable?  It really is not feasible for us to read every comment, is it?
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
Hi, Kevin,

In case this is my first reply that you're reading, I'm just your fellow Photosynth user - not anyone from Microsoft.

No, it really isn't feasible to read every comment and yes there ought to be a way here on the forum to search the forum.

That said, there isn't and there hasn't been since the site got its own forum in early 2009. (Before that we all used Get Satisfaction over at which does have built in search.)

(And yes, we've been asking for this feature from the beginning of this forum.)


Here are some tips for finding discussions on a topic: 

1) When you've drilled into a forum (Suggestions, Bugs, Advice, etc.) you can use your web browser's page search [Ctrl]+[F] to find a term on that topic list.

2) You could search Get Satisfaction or Photosynth's official blog at .
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
3) Perhaps most useful, you can use web search engines (Bing, Google, etc.) to search a single website.

To do this, add to your web query to filter your results to that domain.

In our case, we would add: to search this site to search the blog or to search the first Photosynth forum
and then add the keywords that we're interested to get related results.

In the case of searching we're not necessarily interested in keyword matches from synth or pano view pages. Filtering to results from forum pages is a little tricky because literally every page on the site has the word 'Forum' in the footer of the page.

So instead, we can tell the search engine that we require search results to include the title of one of the forums by using double quotes around each forum title and wrapping all seven in parenthesis and putting a '+' in front of the parentheses.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
I'm sure that's a lot of reading, but here is an easy to memorize link with a test query for you.

In Bing:
I wanted to include a link to Google search results for the same query but they seem to break when I copy the URL and paste it back into the address bar. I have copied what's in the Bing search box into the Google search box with success, though, if you want to try it.

If you want to search for other subjects, replace +forum and +search with whatever you're looking for, but leave the rest the same.

If the search engines ever change their URL structure and the query link doesn't work anymore, my explanation above should enable you to build your own.
NateLawrence (Over 1 year ago)
A few other tips for building your own search queries: 

If you want search results to include an exact phrase (like the forum titles), wrap it in double quotes. 
"synth linking" 
"photosynth 2"

If you definitely want a key word or phrase in the results, put a '+' in front of it.
+"share links"

If you definitely don't want search results with key words or phrases in them, put a '-' in front of them.
-(pano OR panos OR panorama OR panoramas)

If you want to look for pages with a set of two or more of your keywords or phrases (but not in exact order like in a phrase), you can surround them in parentheses and link them with the word AND in capital letters.
(david AND manager)
(Direct3D AND "keyboard shortcuts")

If you're looking for something that might be worded differently, use OR to separate terms inside of parentheses.
(link OR links OR linked OR linking)
("Direct3D" OR D3D)