Skip to comments.Refresher Course: Keywords [Use them when you post and use them to search]
Posted on 04/26/2006 7:35:49 AM PDT by TaxRelief
A "Keyword" search is the best search engine option on FReerepublic.com. Newcomers to FR and longtime users frequently ask for help finding favorite threads or information on a specific topic. When properly "keyworded", an article can be easily retrieved using the "Keyword" search. Keyword searches can be bookmarked for future reference and to monitor current topics. Logged-in users can add keywords to new and existing threads.
|Performing a "Keyword" search:|
|At the top of the latest articles page, there is a search form.|
|Use the pulldown menu to select "keyword". Type in the search criteria and press the search button.|
A keyword search will be only as good as the keywords posted with the article. FR users define the keywords for each article. The "Posting new thread" form has a space for adding "Keywords".
|Including keywords in a new article:
Adding Keywords to existing threads
|Keywords can be added to existing threads by clicking on "Click to add keyword" at the end of the current keyword list.|
|Keywords must be separated by commas or semicolons.|
| **Keywords are limited to 20 letters or numbers.
Remove spaces to squeeze in large keywords.
Which words are good keywords?
|City||City or CityState||Louisville;DenverCO|
|Congressional District||Statecode followed by 2 digit district||NC08|
|College||name or acronym||UNC; Duke;Columbia;Cornell;UVA;|
|Election Cycle||Year or Session||2006;2008;109th;|
|Topic||Up to 20 Characters||mediacorruption;sportsawards; whitehouse;skiing;truckcrash;|
|State politics||State + "politics"||NCpolitics;SCpolitics;|
|State government||State + "government"||NCgovernment;|
|Child abuse||State department acronym||CPS;DSS;|
|Religion||Religion topic or demonination||transubstantiation;catholic;|
|Sports||Team name and event||Superbowlxxx;Pittsburgh;steelers;|
|Movie||Movie name; "moviereview"||harrypotter;moviereview;|
|Nonprofit Org||Name or acronym||afa;aclu;acu;yaf;naacp;Sierraclub;|
|Company||Name or acronym||Dell;IBM;|
|Country||Name or acronym||UK;England;Iraq;|
Some common keywords:
|ABORTION; BUSH; CULTUREOFDEATH; HARRYREID; HOMOSEXUALAGENDA; ILLEGALIMMIGRATION; PROLIFE; CAMPUS; TEENS; SUPPORTTHETROOPS; TERROR; OIL; RALLY; TAXES; FREEP; TERRORISM; CAMPUSSPEECH; GEORGESOROS; JIHADINAMERICA|
THANK YOU for posting (again!) ;)
Can't be said too often. BTTT
And also to mention, those very important names, events, places, relevant factoids which are NOT in the Article title nor would you think to find such information within an article, so titled. After a time, one can "keyword search" an obscure name.. and voila! find that person trekking amid questionable activities (for example) or among curious friends.
Keywords are our FRiends... especially for folks who like to follow corruption and political intrigue or are driven to do so. :-)
Don't forget my own unique one: "zotzola".
lol. I sure know it helps me find NORTH CAROLINA articles for pinging!!!! I find more articles on North Carolina by just browsing...
I know, it's a little old.
Thanks for noticing.
ROC is Russian Organized Crime?
You had me at
Tobe, I knew I liked you for more than your bod.
Plus, articles returned by a keyword search are ordered by the time that the keyword was added... not by popularity, relevance, or even the date that the message was posted. That means finding a thread from more than a few months ago (especially if the keyword is popular) can be excruciating.
Title searches have similar problems. As someone mentioned upthread, trying to find postings that relate to free speech on college campuses might say something like "Okoboji U Newspaper Fined for Editorial".
The best way I've found to read relevant articles is to use google. Say you're trying to find articles about campus speech on FR. Go to google and type site:freerepublic.com campus free speech. The magic phrase "site:[[domain]]" (remember that colon) will instruct google to only return pages that live on [[domain]]. Then you've got all of google's page ranking power right at your fingertips. You'll get much more reliable results than anything you can (or should be able to) do through FR's various search abilities.
They are an extremely useful tool, but perhaps mainly for the individual or groups who use them.
I can look back at old FReeps in Fayetteville by quickly searching on the word "Fayetteville", and I will have very little extraneous stuff to wade through.
I know the after-Freep threads will come up because we always, as a group, use the fayetteville keyword when we write an after-action report.
Keywords are excellent for tracking topics of personal interest.
Or perhaps: Right On, Charlie!
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