My name's DrBrumTangerine, and I really hate reposts. Honestly, they drive me up the wall. It shows a complete lack of respect for the person that searched hard for those pics in the first place, and who probably searched this forum to make sure that no-one had posted the pics in the first place.
With this (and the countless fools who repost stuff whilst saying in their threads 'Gee, I'm sorry if this is a repost') in mind, I thought I'd make a little tutorial to teach you all how to search. God, aren't I nice?
I'm gonna do it in a question/answer kind of way. I don't often talk to myself, so this should be a new kind of fun for me
Does this forum have a search function? I've never seen one...
You might be surprised to discover that it does indeed have a search function.
As you can see, there's a button at the top of the forum, entitled 'Search'. This isn't exactly rocket science, is it?
What happens when I click the button? One of the big kids at school said it'll make my PC melt, and then my penis will fall off
Don't be so damn silly. Clicking the button brings up a little box for you to enter the text you want to search for (I've labelled that option '1' for you), or the option to performed an 'Advanced Search' ('2'):
I think an Advanced Search at this stage might cause a few brains to melt, so we'll leave that until later. Now, I wonder what happens when we perform a search?
What happens when I perform a search?
Wow, it's as if I'm asking these questions myself! Let's pretend we've typed the word 'leecher' into the box, and clicked go. We'll end up with a screen like this:
As you can see, a list of all the threads containing the word 'leecher' appears, listed in the order of the last post in that thread, just like the normal forum. However, there's 228 posts in the thread at the top. How on earth are we going to find the post we're looking for in there?
How can I find a specific post?
Don't worry. If we click on the first thread, we'll be presented with a screen like this:
Your screen might look a little different - one of my firefox extensions blocks the AFF ads at the top of the forum, and you might not have a professionally drawn big red circle, but apart from that, they should be very similar. Now, if you look inside the professionally drawn big red circle (we'll call it a PDBRC from now on), you'll notice that there's an option to 'Search this Thread'. If we click this, the same search box as normal appears.
So we'll type in 'leecher', and click 'Go' (I've put a PDBRC around it, in case you miss it).
We're then presented with a list of individual posts that contain the word 'leecher' within that particular thread.
I'm not sure what's more miraculous - the fact that the forum provides a function to do this, or the fact that only 4 people in that particular thread use the word leecher
How do I find a post by a particular person?
Well, let's try it, shall we?
As you can see, we're gonna try and search for the name of the first member that came to my mind.
At this point, it's probably worth mentioning that you can only perform a search every 60 seconds. I'm mentioning it now, as this is the time when the forum mentioned it to me:
If you get a screen like this, just click 'Back' on your browser (it sometimes looks like an arrow pointing to the left) and you'll be able to search again shortly. So I'll do that, and search for me again, and we end up with this screen:
Now, I can assure you that I've posted in more threads than that recently. However, I didn't search for my posts, I searched for my handle - the standard search function only searches for text WITHIN a post, not who it's by. These threads contain my full name somewhere within it. I'm sure if I searched for Doc or Brum, there'd be lots more. Still no use to us, though.
To search for posts by a particular user, we need to step into the dark, uncharted horror of (DER DER DERRR!) THE ADVANCED SEARCH!!!