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looking to search for threads with more than 25 posts

     
4:09 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Does anybody know of a way to do a search within the forum to find threads conataining certain keywords that has more than 25 (an arbitrary number) posts?
4:39 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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No clue but an interesting question. Can I ask why?
5:02 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Certainly:-)

I would like to do some searches on different topics that have been discussed here before; and it seems IMO like generally the "good threads" (i.e. threads that a lot of people find interesting) will have lots of different views posted to think about for any particular topic. I always like a diversity of opinions.

That is not to say of course that threads with only a couple of posts are not good (sometimes REALLY great threads get overlooked).

P.S. It was really nice to meet you at the PubCon, and I appreciated your suggesstion on bringing older threads back to life again using links to the older locked threads.

6:40 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I like it, have you tried Google? When I can't get the search here to work like I want I switch to Google. I'd have to use my brain and I'm still in jet lag or Id figure out myself how to make that work. Maybe you can tell me ;)

I enjoyed meeting you too. Now, start searching for those old posts and let's see where they lead, ha! Ill be watching for what you come up with just report back.

11:45 am on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Paynt hit it on the head. Go to Google and use a search like this:

site:www.webmasterworld.com keyword(s)+2-15.htm

The 2-15.htm denotes that it is page #2 with 15 posts per page. If you want threads with even more posts just up the 2 to whatever you want.

3:09 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Cool beans Birdman! Thank you for that response. This trick should be really helpful and interesting.

Also, thank you Paynt. After Brett had mentioned some time ago that the in-site search was the most resource intensive part of the forum I stopped using it, and started using Google's "site:" funtionality (with better results sometimes ;-)

3:13 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I have to add here that a post last year on shaving, the essence of shaving, what the best razor to use and how best to shave went on for over 100 posts

:)

[edited by: limbo at 3:15 pm (utc) on April 30, 2003]

3:14 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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It is pretty cool! You can even restrict the search to a particular forum by adding:

site:www.webmasterworld.com keyword(s)+forum19/2-15.htm

...where 19 is interchangeable according to the forum you want to search.

3:30 pm on Apr 30, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Very cool Birdman, thanks for insight.
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VERY much appreciated Birdman. Do you know of any other cool searching stuff along these lines?
9:59 am on May 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Nice advanced searching Birdman,

You might want to check out Allthewebs advanced search and fool around with:

"Size - Only find results that are larger than XX kb "

Some of the "meatier" (paynt style :)) single page threads will turn up as well.

11:09 am on May 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Thanks you guys! You know I learned that stuff here!

After looking further, seems the plus(+) sign isn't needed, that is unless you have a generic word that you don't want excluded(i.e. the, where, how, etc..)

Advanced Search Made Easy(Google) [google.com]
Advanced Search Operators(Google) [google.com]
Query Language(Alltheweb.com) [alltheweb.com]