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Old Mar 28, 2007, 12:31 am
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Canarsie
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Advanced Search Functionality: Specific Forums or FlyerTalk in General

You may want to search more specifically for information on FlyerTalk in general or within a specific forum on FlyerTalk using advanced criteria.

To access the Search Forums area to execute an advanced search for information:
  1. Begin your search by accessing either by searching FlyerTalk in general or searching within a specific forum on FlyerTalk. As a result in either scenario, a box with the same functionality will appear, whether it is called Search Forums or Search this Forum.
  2. Click on the words Advanced Search at the bottom of the box.
The Search Forums area will appear.

Options that are available to you in the Search Forums area include:

Search by Key Word — enter one or more key words to customize how you want to search for information on FlyerTalk using one of the following choices:
  • Search Entire Posts will search through all of the contents of what is posted.
  • Search Titles Only narrows and refines the search to only the titles of threads for the chosen key words but does not search for what is posted within the threads themselves.
Search by User Name — enter the user name of a FlyerTalk member to search for what that FlyerTalk member has posted by using one of the following choices:
  • Find Posts by User will search through everything that has been posted by the chosen FlyerTalk member.
  • Find Threads Started by User narrows and refines the search to only the threads launched by the chosen FlyerTalk member who is the original poster in those threads.
Exact Name — Click on this box to activate it with a check mark if you want to search for what has been posted in all threads by the specific user name of a FlyerTalk member — for example, Canarsie. You need not worry about the capitalization of the user name of a FlyerTalk member in order to use the Exact Name option. However, you may de-activate the Exact Name function to search for what has been posted by similar user names of FlyerTalk members. For example, typing in “canar” will yield the results of FlyerTalk members canard, canarde, Canarsie, canardo and jcanary. No wildcard or asterisk is necessary. By the way, just for fun, type in a generic terms such as “flyer” if you want to see just how many FlyerTalk members use this in their user name!

SEARCH OPTIONS

Find Threads With allows a minimum or maximum number of threads to be displayed in the results — when used in conjunction with the desired number typed in the Replies field — using one of the following choices:
  • At Least, the default used for FlyerTalk, displayes all threads which meets the criteria of the minimum number of replies desired. For example, if a 6 is typed into the field to the left of Replies, then only threads containing 6 replies or more will be displayed. This option is especially useful for searching for popular threads.
  • At Most displayes all threads which meets the criteria of the maximum number of replies desired. For example, if a 6 is typed into the field to the left of Replies, then only threads containing 6 replies or fewer will be displayed.
Find Posts From displays only what has been posted to FlyerTalk within a certain selected period of time using one of the following choices:
  • Any Date, which is the default used for FlyerTalk.
  • Your Last Visit searches only for what has been posted since the last time you logged onto FlyerTalk.
  • Yesterday
  • A Week Ago
  • 2 Weeks Ago
  • A Month Ago
  • 3 Months Ago
  • 6 Months Ago
  • A Year Ago
The *** is determined by And Newer and And Older.****

Sort Results By *** using one of the following choices:
  • Relevancy
  • Title
  • Number of Replies
  • Number of Views
  • Thread Start Date
  • Last Posting Date, which is the default for FlyerTalk
  • User Name
  • Forum
Search in Forum(s) allows you to choose one or more FlyerTalk forums in which the search is to be performed. You may also activate Also search in child forums if you want to search in the sub-forums of a forum. A sub-forum is known as a child forum, while the main forum is known as a parent forum. For example, if you chose to search under Global Airline Alliances for your information, choosing Also search in child forums will search the oneworld, SkyTeam and Star Alliance forums. Similarly, choosing to search under Airline Programs for your information with Also search in child forums activated will not only search every airline forum such as the US Airways Dividend Miles forum, but also its America West FlightFund (Discontinued Program) and US Airways Dividend Miles (Pre-FlightFund Merger) sub-forums, or child forums, as well.

After choosing the desired settings in how the search should be performed, one must click on the Search Now button in order to activate the results.

The Reset Fields button resets everything in the Search Forums area back to its default settings.

To save your own settings, Save Search Preferences ****

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