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Search in forum not working

Postby Rimingianni » Fri Sep 06, 2013 12:21 pm

The search in this forum doesn't appear to be working. I tried to search for Poi's but couldn't find any messages. Does it have to be uppercase, or something like that?
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby artmart » Fri Sep 06, 2013 1:16 pm

I have never had good luck with search functions is most forums (this one is no different). Things can be put in archives, and while case might not be the issue, spelling things just right and in the right location is critical. Sometimes it's quicker just to ask about what you are searching for.

So what are you trying to search for?
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby billrot » Fri Sep 06, 2013 4:42 pm

Rimingianni wrote:The search in this forum doesn't appear to be working. I tried to search for Poi's but couldn't find any messages. Does it have to be uppercase, or something like that?

Actually, contrary to Art, my experience searching on this forum has been pretty good. I have used both the regular search and the advanced search functions with very good luck. I *just* tried searching for POI and found many hits. Are you searching specifically in the RV Plan 'N' Go 2013 forum? What exactly are you typing in the search box? (including dashes, spaces,... everything).
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby Rimingianni » Fri Sep 06, 2013 6:53 pm

I entered Poi's with the apostrophe after the "o" looking for many POI references. Do I need to use uppercase letters?
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby artmart » Fri Sep 06, 2013 9:47 pm

LOL I thought you were searching for Named Poi's... like Walmart, or BigO tires, or something like that. My apologies for not understanding you were looking for the actual text "poi's" - note how I surrounded the poi's with quotes to denote exact text. My comment was based on a proper name and this is where I run into problems doing a search especially if you don't use or know the correct spelling of the proper name.

Do not use special symbols like quote unless you know it's part of the text and the search function is NOT case-sensitive unless you put quotes around it. For example, searching for Walmart use 'walmart' or "Walmart" including the quotes. If you are using quotes and specify "wAlmart", well that won't find much. In your case, poi, or "POI" or even maybe pois would have found something. I try to stay away from quotes unless I know the exact thing I am searching for. This is when I have the most trouble.
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby billrot » Sat Sep 07, 2013 8:34 am

Rimingianni wrote:I entered Poi's with the apostrophe after the "o" looking for many POI references. Do I need to use uppercase letters?

I don't think you need uppercase, but you definitely don't need the apostrophe. POI's is NOT the plural of POI :-)

Like Art said, make the search as simple as possible and if you are looking for messages that deal with the subject of POI just search for POI, without any special characters. I found a whole bunch, when I did that.
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby Rimingianni » Sat Sep 07, 2013 11:47 am

That's the accepted way of making the plural with acronyms - apostrophe s.

Anyway, I tried poi and it did work, thanks.
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Re: Search in forum not working

Postby artmart » Sat Sep 07, 2013 5:25 pm

Not quite... apostrophe s is to show a possessive tense. NO apostrophe is for plural... Using your example...

1.) Pois - means plural of Points of Interest, assuming one realizes that Poi refers to the acronyn Points of Interest and not that someone misspelled poise. The correct nomenclature should be POIs to show it is a plural of the acronym.

2.) Poi's - means belonging to Points of Interest (possessive). Again, the proper nomenclature would be POI's. In rare instances this is also used as a contraction for "it is" and my English teachers told me not to be so lazy. For example, "The POI's not what I wanted" means "The POI is not what I wanted". So you save a "space" and replace the i with an apostrophe.

In the case of search engines, most do NOT care about case unless you specifically specify case (typically in double quotes). That's why the examples above don't matter. As billrot explains keep it simple and don't search for possessives OR plurals to increase the chance of success. I am also not referring to the Hawaiian staple food dish, Poi.

How's that for covering too many bases?
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