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    Lightbulb How to get the best from the 'Search' function on WiiHacks

    Lets look at how to make effective searches rather than suffering information overload by getting 1000's of non-specific search results.

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    Thanks to emuhack for this top section - Thanks for getting the other thread started as well - Cheers!!



    There are lots of ways that you can get an answer here on wiihacks.com

    1. Post and Ask to Members
    2. Search (lol i know this is a new concept)
    3. Reading the Wonderful Guides on the Site

    Many noobs post and post and the answers are a search click away. Many mods and advance members are tired of the #002 Error Posts and the "My Game Wont Load - Black Screen Issue"... Please for everyone that is new to the site try something before you post "Search"...

    This site is linked into the google adwords and googles search function... For Example:

    1. Search here on wiihacks using Search function for: NSMB Fix - - You will get pages and pages of info.



    THEN!!!


    2.Put a simple search string in at google like this: "NSMB Guide wiihacks" - - and the first result is the guide for NSMB from Wiihacks..(OMG-look at that)




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    [B]Other Handy Tips[/B]

    Tip - Use multiple tabs/windows to set up search preferences while you read this.

    1. Click on the Advanced Search link on the top right. Now click on the left-hand tab so that you are on 'Search Single Content Type'

    2. Now by default the keywords you search for will return a link to the thread. This is ok if you want to use the 'Search Titles only' option to find thread titles for a certain area and then read through the entire thread looking for an answer to your question.

    The problem (especially for us noobs) is that some of the most popular threads are huge and can be over 1000 pages! Do we want to read all 1000 pages? Nah, didn't think so.

    So what do we do?

    3. Set the search to look inside individual 'Posts' rather than an entire thread. In the 'Search In' dropdown select 'posts'.

    4. Next to the 'Keyword(s) text box make sure 'Search Entire Posts' is selected.

    5. Again in the 'Search For Posts' box, If you have been directed to 'look in so_and_so's' thread, you can enter the username in the 'Search By username' box. If you can't remember the users full name uncheck the 'Exact Name' checkbox.

    6. In the 'Additional Options' area select 'all open forums' option. This is useful for, say you've posted in the newbie area, you may find the answer from the bricked section etc. Check the search in child forums option for the same reason.

    7. Set the options for 'Find Threads with' to 'At Least' and 'Replies' to 1. This makes sure you do not get results for initial posts that have had no activity. Raise this number to whatever you want in order to view only increasingly active threads.

    8. Find post dates may be left as default.

    9. 'Sort Results By' should by changed to 'Last Posting Date' and 'Descending' - to show threads with latest activity.

    10. Select 'Show results as' to the 'Posts' radio button.

    11. Save the preferences. 'Save Search Preferences' option is selected and hit 'Go'. An alert will tell you that changes have been saved.


    What you get when you search for keywords now is a list of 'Posts' containing the keyword(s) and a small selection of text that will give you an idea of whether the post is an answer or a question.

    You can also try entering tags but the usefulness of this depends on any tag attributes the user entered when posting.

    Other things to bear in mind are:

    a) Min of 4 characters are required. So instead of searching for 'wad' search for 'wads'.

    b) There is a minimum of 10 seconds (quite generous really) wait between searches.

    Hope that helps, happy searching!
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    Updated

    Updated for the forums new look.

    There is an issue with the advanced settings not being remembered when preferences are saved, but as it stands it will still save you a heck of a lot of time.
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