Alternative method for searching the CREOnline site - Posted by Mark Azevedo (CA)

Posted by DanM(OR) on December 17, 1999 at 10:09:27:

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Alternative method for searching the CREOnline site - Posted by Mark Azevedo (CA)

Posted by Mark Azevedo (CA) on December 16, 1999 at 16:46:58:

I posted this over in NG1 and thought I’d also post it here


Many of you have been waiting for the search engine to resume operation. In the mean time, there is a temporary way you can search for info on this site. It is limited but something is better then nothing.

If you go to www.altavista.com, you can search by URL. For example, say I am looking for all posts by John Behle. I would enter the following information into the search field:

url:http://www.creonline.com “Posted by John Behle”

The Altavista engine will then only focus on the CREOnline site and look for the string “Posted by John Behle”. The quotes in this case are important because they tell Altavista to find those exact words in that exact sequence. This is known as performing a search using Boolean operators. It’s not as bad as it sounds. You can learn more about it at:

http://doc.altavista.com/help/search/adv_help.shtml#boolean

Most search sites incorporate Boolean rules even if you don’t specify them.

The Altavista process has its limitations. First of all, the information in Altavista’s database is only as current as the last time it crawled the CREOnline site. It looks like it is running about 3 months behind current posts. Second, the results are not necessarily be all-inclusive and may not be in chronological order. If you can live with the above two caveats then I encourage you to give it a whirl.

Wishing you all a joyous holiday season,

  • Mark.

Nice! - Posted by Tyler

Posted by Tyler on December 18, 1999 at 20:56:24:

Very nice, Mark!

That’s good to know…

By the way, how’s the newborn??

NT