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Apr 9, 2020 - 3:01:35 PM

WyoBob

USA

92 posts since 5/16/2019

There's a way that one can search forums and get more current answers but I can't remember how to do it.

Instead of searching the archives and getting (possibly) outdated responses, I'd like to do a search for more recent posts.

For example, "best place to buy strings".

Thanks

Apr 9, 2020 - 3:55:29 PM

1884 posts since 10/22/2007

Just Google it. Somehow it's tied in. Magic?

Apr 9, 2020 - 5:49:28 PM

WyoBob

USA

92 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones

Just Google it. Somehow it's tied in. Magic?


A Google search for violin strings will give you results for violins, violas, violets, guitars, etc, etc.  going back forever.   I'd like to just do a search of the FiddleHangout that limits results to more current posts, not something from 2008, for example.

The search results with any search engine can yield results  from yesterday to back to the stone tablet era.   As a result, many of the items listed may no longer be available, or the manufacture of the item has changed. 

There was a format that you could use with any forum and plug in a date range.  Something like "FiddleHangout: strings".  That kind of works but still has lots of "non interest" items displayed, including ads.   I've obviously formatted the inquiry wrong or perhaps that type of inquiry no longer works on the net.

Apr 9, 2020 - 8:39:49 PM

1642 posts since 8/27/2008

quote:
Originally posted by WyoBob
quote:
Originally posted by farmerjones

Just Google it. Somehow it's tied in. Magic?


A Google search for violin strings will give you results for violins, violas, violets, guitars, etc, etc.  going back forever.   I'd like to just do a search of the FiddleHangout that limits results to more current posts, not something from 2008, for example.

The search results with any search engine can yield results  from yesterday to back to the stone tablet era.   As a result, many of the items listed may no longer be available, or the manufacture of the item has changed...


Do a google search that includes “fiddle hangout” in the search terms. Then select google’s tools near the top of the page where you can search in the last day, week, anything you want. I don’t know why that option is hidden, but it is.

Apr 10, 2020 - 6:13:58 AM

WyoBob

USA

92 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by Brian Wood

Do a google search that includes “fiddle hangout” in the search terms. Then select google’s tools near the top of the page where you can search in the last day, week, anything you want. I don’t know why that option is hidden, but it is.


Here's a link to a Google search of posts in the last year for "fiddle hangout where is the best place to buy violin strings".  The results are not all that helpful.   I know I used to use a particular search format that would search only a particular forum.   I just forgot how to do it.  (I don't suppose my memory will get much better in the future  ( sad )

https://www.google.com/search?q=fiddle+hangout+where+is+the+best+place+to+buy+violin+strings&client=firefox-b-1-d&sxsrf=ALeKk01Xh5aSdgG0fcRGl51mxuGo3CpZVg:1586523996297&source=lnt&tbs=qdr:y&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwjo8Oe59t3oAhWSKH0KHRpVD1gQpwV6BAgMEB4&biw=1268&bih=536

Apr 10, 2020 - 10:00:28 AM

4573 posts since 9/26/2008

I did some experimenting and may have your answer.
Type in your search and at the end put

"-archives"

which should minus archived posts.

It worked 4 of 5 searches, but the one turned up only archived topics no matter what, so there were probably no current topics to cover that one.

Edited by - ChickenMan on 04/10/2020 10:00:58

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:27:09 PM

WyoBob

USA

92 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

I did some experimenting and may have your answer.
Type in your search and at the end put

"-archives"

which should minus archived posts.

It worked 4 of 5 searches, but the one turned up only archived topics no matter what, so there were probably no current topics to cover that one.


Or, I could always press the "easy button" and just post a question to the forum.smiley

Apr 10, 2020 - 12:35:31 PM

DougD

USA

9516 posts since 12/2/2007

I don't know if you're actually interested in strings, or that's just an example, but over the years I've really seen very little shopping advice on this website.
Just as an experiment I did a Google search for "Where to buy violin strings online" all all the usual suspects came up on the first page, with my personal favorite first. All the suggestions were current, and most of those sites have comparisons and suggestions too.

Apr 10, 2020 - 3:06:18 PM

WyoBob

USA

92 posts since 5/16/2019

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

I don't know if you're actually interested in strings, or that's just an example, but over the years I've really seen very little shopping advice on this website.
Just as an experiment I did a Google search for "Where to buy violin strings online" all all the usual suspects came up on the first page, with my personal favorite first. All the suggestions were current, and most of those sites have comparisons and suggestions too.


Just an example, Doug.   My most recent search was for a couple of spare E string to try out just for the heck of it to include in my next string order.

I think the links first displayed are those with the most searches.   That's not all bad.  Sometimes, it is.  I've come across some home improvement, do it yourself videos with  a Google search and some of the videos are not very good quality with suspect methods, etc.

Years ago, the forum search using the proper format yielded lots of relevant results.  As the years went by, ads increased,  became annoying and search results often not on topic.

Thanks, Doug

Apr 11, 2020 - 11:30:13 AM
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3004 posts since 6/21/2007

You might want to post this query in the "Improvements" forum where Eric is more apt to see it.

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