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ronpyatt
10-06-2009, 09:19 AM
I often use the search feature here at PnPG. However, it's hard to find a particular phrase or set of words without reading through countless posts to find a match. For example, if I wanted to search for Hero System or Dungeons and Dragons.

To do this I have been using Google's advanced search (http://www.google.com/advanced_search) feature. They've indexed PenAndPaperGames.com, and we can take advantage of it. Hero System Example. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=hero+system&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=www.penandpapergames.com&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images)
DnD Example. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=Dungeons+and+Dragons&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=www.penandpapergames.com&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images)

I'm sure there are other search engines that can do similar searches. Is there a way to take advantage of external search engines from within these forums?

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Farcaster
10-06-2009, 10:16 AM
The best that vBulletin has to offer is the Advanced Search feature here. You can find that by going to Search and then Advanced Search. I don't see an option within that for an exact phrase search, but it might help. As to external searches being integrated with the site, it is possible, of course, but the disadvantage is that the pages generally take a few hours to a day to be indexed by Google.

Arch Lich Thoth-Amon
10-06-2009, 01:34 PM
I often use the search feature here at PnPG. However, it's hard to find a particular phrase or set of words without reading through countless posts to find a match. For example, if I wanted to search for Hero System or Dungeons and Dragons.

To do this I have been using Google's advanced search (http://www.google.com/advanced_search) feature. They've indexed PenAndPaperGames.com, and we can take advantage of it. Hero System Example. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=hero+system&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=www.penandpapergames.com&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images)
DnD Example. (http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&as_q=&as_epq=Dungeons+and+Dragons&as_oq=&as_eq=&num=10&lr=&as_filetype=&ft=i&as_sitesearch=www.penandpapergames.com&as_qdr=all&as_rights=&as_occt=any&cr=&as_nlo=&as_nhi=&safe=images)

I'm sure there are other search engines that can do similar searches. Is there a way to take advantage of external search engines from within these forums?

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Very cool. I've learned something new.