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    Question Searching for trouble

    OK, it's really 'trouble searching'...

    I have tried a couple of times recently to search for threads that I know are there, but the search engine returns no hits. Is it just me, or does the search engine leave something to be desired ?

    For example, I was reading an excellent thread on Herrigel and his book 'Zen in the Art of Archery'. When I wanted to come back and finish reading it, I searched on zen AND archery, and failed to find this thread (which was later pm'd to me, saving my sanity by an RCH)
    http://www.e-budo.com/vbulletin/sho...6&threadid=5556 (I still can't get the search engine to show me that in any results list, and I have tried many variations on words in the thread title)

    Earlier today, I saw a thread titled something to the effect of 'Guided Meditation CDs', and now I can no longer find such a thread... Are there 2 e-budo's, and I'm just searching in the wrong one ?!

    Help, please !
    Mike Cooper

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    Sometimes you just have to do a less specific search. This is the page of links I got when entering only zen art archery.

    http://www.e-budo.com/vbulletin/sear...der=descending

    You did the right thing in asking when you can't find what you want. If you make a valid attempt with no result someone out there is bound to know.

    If you know which forum, you can do a single forum search by going to that forum. At the bottom of the forum page (list of threads), you will find a "search box" in which you can enter your search words.

    Generally, unless I am sure about it, I will use search words with a space[es] only, and not NOT or AND, etc. Spaces may give you more threads to thrash through, but it also gets a lot more on the same, basic subject.

    A reminder: E-budo.com has been around since at least summer of 1999 (that's when I signed on) but there was a hard drive crash in late Spring of 2000. There, apparently, was no back up made, and a hard drive search turned up nothing, according to the administrator, John Lindsey. Lots of great stuff were lost.

    Hope this helps some in your searches in the future.

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    Mark,
    I don't see the thread I was looking for in your results list, which is very similar to what I had come up with. I somehow messed up the link that has the actual thread I was looking for in my earlier post. It's http://www.e-budo.com/vbulletin/show...?threadid=5556

    It is a valid thread, and it's most definitely post crash... Yet no search string I conceived found it.



    Just makes me wonder how much great stuff I am missing when I search e-budo !

    Thanks !
    Mike Cooper

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