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Old 01-28-2016, 01:37 PM   #1
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Searched for various things and got nonsense results......at least based on the Titles found. Tried using google w/ site: (specified) and got reasonable results.
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Can you give us some examples of what you searched for?
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amazon.com store card, 529 plans, estimated taxes.....seemingly anything would work here
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One suggestion that will help get better results - check the option to "Show results as threads" vs show as posts.
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One suggestion that will help get better results - check the option to "Show results as threads" vs show as posts.
never noticed that before...but that is the default.....maybe the forum doesn't like Macs
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never noticed that before...but that is the default.....maybe the forum doesn't like Macs
I'm on a PC and my default is show as posts.

I agree the Google search usually does a better job unless you happen to know who made the post and can search by user name.
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just verified: threads is the default; went and toggled it anyway....threads to posts and back to threads.........same results. Will flee to google again.
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Searched for various things and got nonsense results......at least based on the Titles found. Tried using google w/ site: (specified) and got reasonable results.
Glad it is not just me. I am always amazed when people can come up with old posts or info using Search. I am using a Mac also.
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Glad it is not just me. I am always amazed when people can come up with old posts or info using Search. I am using a Mac also.
Do you know this trick I learned from somewhere......instead of using the native search built in to a particular site, go to google.com , input what you are searching for and then append w/o the quotes "site: early-retirement.org"
Usually works better for me than most native search functions.
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I do know that you can search on a word, and not find anything, but you search on the plural, and a bunch of posts came up. This happened to me lately and it surprised me.
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Do you know this trick I learned from somewhere......instead of using the native search built in to a particular site, go to google.com , input what you are searching for and then append w/o the quotes "site: early-retirement.org"
Usually works better for me than most native search functions.
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When trying a site that's new to me, I give their search function a try. Google has always been better.
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