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We have a wonderful tool here on the forum. It is the "Google Custom Search" bar. It's on every page and very easy to use.

Just type a word or phrase in the little grey box and press enter. This will search the forum's threads and articles for what you entered. To quote Kristen "It's a quick and easy way to find out if there is already a thread topic that covers a subject".

Hope this helps.

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We have a wonderful tool here on the forum. It is the "Google Custom Search" bar. It's on every page and very easy to use.

Just type a word or phrase in the little grey box and press enter. This will search the forum's threads and articles for what you entered. To quote Kristen "It's a quick and easy way to find out if there is already a thread topic that covers a subject".

Hope this helps.

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KenJ wrote:
mrhub wrote:
We have a wonderful tool here on the forum. It is the "Google Custom Search" bar. It's on every page and very easy to use.

Just type a word or phrase in the little grey box and press enter. This will search the forum's threads and articles for what you entered. To quote Kristen "It's a quick and easy way to find out if there is already a thread topic that covers a subject".

Hope this helps.

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What he said! wink

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I googled it and can't find how to delete my account.

You cannot! Sent you a PM.

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Did I miss something? Why would you want to delete your account, VelcroPooh?!

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I will be the adult here and not create drama about why. This is a great forum and I wish you all the best.

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Sorry to see you go VelcroPooh hope you reconsider crossfingers

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I love all the sharing on here and so many great people, but I'm afraid to post any questions in fear of it being a repeat. I'll stay in the corner so I can at least still learn.

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If I may offer some constructive advice, I think what also may help is that if you're starting a thread or topic, I think one should put in the relevant terms in the tags besides the name of the actual section of the boards it belongs to. Like if you're talking about a certain ride, it doesn't hurt to put the name of the attractions in the tags so that people can search for it easily. (Put the restaurant name in tag if you're asking about its food, etc.) Just now, I updated an earlier thread where I inquired about the best pizza in Disney and I added pizza to the tags. Yes, the search bar is helpful but it's only helpful if the user starting the topic provides the relevant tags to make it easier for everyone to search for. Just my two cents.

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Magic Days wrote:
I love all the sharing on here and so many great people, but I'm afraid to post any questions in fear of it being a repeat. I'll stay in the corner so I can at least still learn.

Don't be afraid! Post, post! I think it is normal for older topics to be brought up by someone who has not previously posted about it. You're question may be different or receive different responses than the same question that was asked several years ago! mickey

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No one should be afraid of posting. I do, however, think there's been a lot of redundant topics started lately and a lot of those new topics reach the level of "What time is the 3 o'clock parade?".

The scope of information covered by this board is pretty extensive. Generally a quick search will answer most of the questions the normal trip planner may have without the need of a new topic. Of course if you are like me and want to know what type of fuel is used by the big ferries, then you may have to start a new topic ( or ask yourself some serious questions about why you want to know about ferry fuel).

Come back MIA members. Help us overcome the attempts to dominate the board with lame topics by starting some truly new and interesting topics.

FYI - the ferries run on cold fusion.

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I think with all the new members joining everyday some of us who have been here for a while need to be a little patient there is bound to be repeat or similar topics on here and I think maybe it is a good thing, opinions change over time we all have new experiences every time we go to Disney so the topic may be the same but the content could change. If you see something that you know is the same and don't want to go over that topic again then avoid the thread. Let's all stay happy people this is Disney we are talking about

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I love all the sharing on here and so many great people, but I'm afraid to post any questions in fear of it being a repeat. I'll stay in the corner so I can at least still learn.

Me too...I have short term memory loss problems which my doctor says is due to stress and old age wheelchair So it gets kinda embarrassing when I realise I have posted a similar topic...I know about the search engine but forgot to use it..King Fergus is now sitting at the back of the class wearing a pointed Mickey magician hat...

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senseicj wrote:
I think with all the new members joining everyday some of us who have been here for a while need to be a little patient there is bound to be repeat or similar topics on here and I think maybe it is a good thing, opinions change over time we all have new experiences every time we go to Disney so the topic may be the same but the content could change. If you see something that you know is the same and don't want to go over that topic again then avoid the thread. Let's all stay happy people this is Disney we are talking about

Oh I absolutely agree with this (up to a point of course). I have often done searches for topics and found it has been awhile since it's been discussed and so I'll bring it up again to get more relevant and timely opinions. My question regarding opinions on the CS resort and room request advice I had found asked a couple of times already, but all discussions were 1+ years old so I wanted insight from guests who had either stayed more recently or new insight from newer members. I think the issue more lies in asking the same question over and over again, asking a question that has a pretty standard answer (i.e. what time is the 3 o' clock parade laugh) that may not require new opinions,, or asking questions that have been asked and answered within a reasonable time period of when you're asking again. I don't think this is at all intended to encourage people to not post, but maybe to be more thoughtful about your posts and check if it has already been asked recently.

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Allie wrote:
senseicj wrote:
I think with all the new members joining everyday some of us who have been here for a while need to be a little patient there is bound to be repeat or similar topics on here and I think maybe it is a good thing, opinions change over time we all have new experiences every time we go to Disney so the topic may be the same but the content could change. If you see something that you know is the same and don't want to go over that topic again then avoid the thread. Let's all stay happy people this is Disney we are talking about

Oh I absolutely agree with this (up to a point of course). I have often done searches for topics and found it has been awhile since it's been discussed and so I'll bring it up again to get more relevant and timely opinions. My question regarding opinions on the CS resort and room request advice I had found asked a couple of times already, but all discussions were 1+ years old so I wanted insight from guests who had either stayed more recently or new insight from newer members. I think the issue more lies in asking the same question over and over again, asking a question that has a pretty standard answer (i.e. what time is the 3 o' clock parade laugh) that may not require new opinions,, or asking questions that have been asked and answered within a reasonable time period of when you're asking again. I don't think this is at all intended to encourage people to not post, but maybe to be more thoughtful about your posts and check if it has already been asked recently.

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There is absolutely no reason that anyone should feel like they can't post their questions to this forum. EVEN IF it is "What time is the 3 o'clock parade." Our members have varying levels of Disney experience and knowledge and each and every one of you has the right to ask what's on your mind. Everyone should always feel free to post, and as Allie has said above sometimes it has been a couple of years since a subject has been discussed.

To be clear - this thread was not started in response to any one person or post. We as moderators get questions about the search tool all the time. The post was made as an informational tool for current and future members with the hope that having it under the technical questions thread would avoid us having to repeat the procedure over and over on other threads. This website has grown quite a bit since I came on board, we've more than doubled our reader base. I've got a whole list of subjects that I want to cover sitting on my desk.

With so many new people and personalities there are bound to be bumps in the road from time to time. Those are the growing pains of a forum. I want to assure you all however that if you ever feel that you're not welcome or can't post to please come to me before you feel you need to leave.

Brad & Admin brought me here to help the forum members, and you are always welcome to reach out to me through private message or by emailing me at . If you're not comfortable talking to me, MrHub and Vettelover are also moderators, OR you can use the contact button on the navigation bar at the top of the page to contact Brad and Admin directly.

We want to create a friendly and welcoming environment, we are deeply saddened by yesterday's misunderstanding.

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Kristen K. wrote:
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I've got a whole list of subjects that I want to cover sitting on my desk.

You've got a DESK?? laugh

Now seriously Thank you for putting that thought into words. And that is all it was, a misunderstanding plain and simple.

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LoL... actually I have an antique singer sewing machine in the corner of the living room that I try to make a desk.

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Glamorous ain't it? laugh

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cool! um to the search bar not people leaving and also cool to Kristen's sewing desk biggrin

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I certainly am guilty of posting first and then thinking about the search bar later. Glad for the reminder. Then again, the thread will die pretty fast if no one is interested in it.

And when this many people communicate, there's bound to be misunderstandings from time to time. All you can do is address it and move on.

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I just post without looking so i'm guilty as charged ... Shouldn't we be glad that people are posting about Disney ?? I enjoy reading EVERYONE'S POST old or new ... I have learned so much from this forum (Thanks everyone for all your help ) isn't that why everyone is here ? Hate seeing people being afraid to post their questions confused For my 2 cents post away any questions you have !!!

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RobNLyn2 wrote:
I just post without looking so i'm guilty as charged ... Shouldn't we be glad that people are posting about Disney ?? I enjoy reading EVERYONE'S POST old or new ... I have learned so much from this forum (Thanks everyone for all your help ) isn't that why everyone is here ? Hate seeing people being afraid to post their questions confused For my 2 cents post away any questions you have !!!

Couldn't have said it any better myself! I love reading all the posts even if I have read something similar and a lot of subjects get started and I'm pleased they do because they are subjects I wouldn't even know to ask but information that is so helpful to me - I'm with rob you can post as many questions as you want for me!!

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Eeyore, BuffaloBill and Allie nailed it.

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Oh good tip! I had seen that before but didn't realize it lead to WDWFG only posts. Love it! I will be sure to use it.
The one issue I have with bringing up old topics is that some of them get very long and if you're newer (like me) it is VERY time consuming to read through so much information. 3 - 5 pages later I wish I'd just started a new topic but also fear the repeat. I don't want to be that "pesky new kid". silly

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I'd like to add that there are certain tips and tricks to getting more out of the search bar.

As you know, this site uses a Google Custom Search bar as MrHub mentioned. Normally, you just type a word or words in the bar and hit enter. But sometimes, the results are too many and you'd like to perform a more refined search.

Well, since it's a Google search engine, it means you can use the Google searching operators and shortcuts to modify your search terms. Here are just some:
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Exact phrase
"" - Use quotes around your search terms to search for an exact phrase. In order to be included in the results, all words must be present and in the exact order they were typed including spaces. For example...

Searching:

Results in:

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Exclude words
- - placing a dash in front of a word will EXCLUDE it from your search results. For example...

Searching:

Results in entries that have "Magic Kingdom" but WITHOUT Castle:

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Wildcard
* - placing an asterisk between 2 words will find items that have both words and something in between. For example...

Searching:

Results in entries that have "Roy O. Disney", "Roy Oliver Disney", or "Roy L. Disney" or "Roy M. Disney" if there were any.

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Forum only!
This is an interesting one... As you know, when you search, forum items as well as articles and anything else on WDWFG come back in the results. If you want to search forum posts ONLY, then this trick is for you. Basically, you use the "inurl" command to tell the search engine to search results that have a certain word in the internet address (or URL). All forum posts here have the word "forum" in the URL. So...

If we use "inurl:forum" and then our search word, it will ONLY search for entries in the forums. For example:

Searching:

Results in entries containing the word "photo" that are in FORUMS ONLY:

Articles only!
Likewise you can search Articles only by doing this:

Search:

Results in items containing the word "photo" that are ARTICLES ONLY:

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Titles only!
Similar to the Forum and Articles, you can search titles only by using the "intitle" modifier.

If we want to search for the word "photo" in the title only, we would search:

Results are the word "photo" in the title:

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Text only!
Similar to Titles only, you can search text only by using the intext: modifier. This will search for the word in the text portion only.

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Combining search operators
You can combine various operators to further enhance your search. For example, searching:

inurl:forum intitle:Magical

will search in the forum only for a thread title containing "Magical".

That's all I can think of for now. Hope that also helps a bit! wink

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Thanks Ken

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