Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

FreeRepublic: a Huge News Database and Search Engine Please use "Topics" and "Key Words"
Vanity | April 28, 2008 | Self

Posted on 04/28/2008 9:21:51 AM PDT by Perseverando

Jim Robinson has created and maintains a huge treasure trove of news and information here at FreeRepublic.com. He gladly shares it with us Freepers and the rest of the world (a.k.a. - lurkers). And thanks to Jim and staff, FreeRepublic has a fantastic search engine (far surpassing Google), IMHO, due to the plethora of relevant news and information from around the world posted by us Freepers.

For lack of a better description, I would classify FreeRepublic as a huge historical news and information database thanks to all of the postings and comments of Freepers (and a few disrupters - ZOT!!).

And yes, we believe fervently that our fellow Freepers and anyone else perusing FreeRepublic.com should have the maximum opportunity to read, consider, and discuss with us the information that we dig up from the far corners of the internet. Isn’t that's why we spend so many hours every week "getting out the word" through FreeRepublic.com.

That’s why over the past week, I have spent far too much time reviewing posted articles and adding keywords to them. For example, on recent hot topic subjects, I have found far too many articles on Obama, Wright, and Ayers, with only one or two, or even no keywords associated with the posted article. So when searches are done for articles on these individuals, the search engine misses relevant posted articles.

So please, as you are reading various articles, take a look at the keywords and consider adding some of your own if the poster dropped the ball and failed to list relevant keywords.

So may I humbly suggest and encourage my fellow Freepers to more actively use the available tools - "TOPICS" & "KEYWORDS" to make FreeRepublic more user friendly for those who actively research articles for ourselves and for those who just need "a little more" information on various subjects.

Hey, if we use "KeyWords" when we post, won't it make the FreeRepublic news database even more valuable as a reference source for us, and even those who disagree with us?

Finally, if those who disagree with us visit FreeRepublic because it is known for being the best news database on the internet, maybe they will begin to see the world as it really is.

How about it Freepers?


TOPICS: Free Republic; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: data; database; faq; fr; freerepublic; jimrobinson; keywords; keywordsareevil; moderators; news; posting; search; searchengine; topics
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-35 next last

1 posted on 04/28/2008 9:21:51 AM PDT by Perseverando
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

To: Perseverando
This is a good place to remind everyone that, when searching under Title, just use one or two words instead of pasting the whole thing into the Search field. For example, this thread will pop-up under a Title search for "database."

Single greatest source of complaints that Search doesn't work, in my opinion.

2 posted on 04/28/2008 9:25:06 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

Bump!


3 posted on 04/28/2008 9:25:34 AM PDT by Spunky (You are free to make choices, but not free from the consequences)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

I still find using Google to search FreeRepublic better, especially for older topics.


4 posted on 04/28/2008 9:26:42 AM PDT by Always Right (Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy

” Single greatest source of complaints that Search doesn’t work, in my opinion.”

It works most of the time, in my opinion. But every once in a while, you’ll even do a search on one or two keywords and nothing will come up. So you post and of course the “already posted” nazis spring up everywhere with a link.

It works really well, but it’s not foolproof. But as this indicates, perhaps if posters take more care in setting up the post, it will help close the cracks.


5 posted on 04/28/2008 9:30:47 AM PDT by Slapshot68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: Slapshot68

I’ve never understood why Search defaults to “keyword,” and not “title.” And frankly, no . . . whenever someone claims they did a search and couldn’t find the article, how come it (or they) pop-up when I do?


6 posted on 04/28/2008 9:34:01 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 5 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

Are you sure you’re logged in? :)


7 posted on 04/28/2008 9:36:02 AM PDT by TonyInOhio (Dedicated to the preservation of American Exceptionalism.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: 1rudeboy

“And frankly, no . . . whenever someone claims they did a search and couldn’t find the article, how come it (or they) pop-up when I do?”

Same here, but there have been a handful of times where I did the search and nothing came up for me either. Like I said, it works well most of the time.


8 posted on 04/28/2008 9:38:58 AM PDT by Slapshot68
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 6 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

Please use “Times” instead of “Slimes”, etc. Keywords and crucial. With proper keywording, FR is equivalent to a high-priced service such as Lexis-Nexis.


9 posted on 04/28/2008 9:42:10 AM PDT by montag813
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Slapshot68

I don’t think the search works for words of fewer than four letters. Also, I’ve found articles where the poster has changed the headline to his or her liking . . . I click abuse and ask the mods to change it back. So it’s theoretically possible that an older article that does not appear for you would appear in the future after the headline is changed.


10 posted on 04/28/2008 9:42:57 AM PDT by 1rudeboy
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: montag813

Satirical key words are great, but yes please make sure the correct ones are there first at least.


11 posted on 04/28/2008 9:46:03 AM PDT by Domandred (McCain's 'R' is a typo that has never been corrected)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 9 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

“So please, as you are reading various articles, take a look at the keywords and consider adding some of your own if the poster dropped the ball and failed to list relevant keywords.”

Thank you! Even when I wasn’t posting on FR for a couple years, I couldn’t resist adding some keywords. Many articles get posted without any. They make articles SO much easier to find later.


12 posted on 04/28/2008 9:48:28 AM PDT by AuntB ('If there must be trouble let it be in my day, that my child may have peace." T. Paine)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: TonyInOhio

Re: Are you sure you’re logged in? :)

Is there a way to logout of FreeRepublic? LOL!


13 posted on 04/28/2008 9:54:12 AM PDT by Perseverando
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 7 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

interesting


14 posted on 04/28/2008 10:01:17 AM PDT by BOBTHENAILER (One by one, in small groups or in whole armies, we don't care how we do it, but we're gonna getcha)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

vey interestink.

keywords are our friends..

and I agree, the archives of FR modern day rank up there with the best , if one knows how to use the tools.


15 posted on 04/28/2008 10:21:19 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed ... Cabo or Bust!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando
Is there a way to logout of FreeRepublic?

Yes

16 posted on 04/28/2008 10:38:44 AM PDT by ravingnutter
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: ravingnutter

Re: Is there a way to logout of FreeRepublic? Yes

Never! I refuse to go over to the dark side.


17 posted on 04/28/2008 10:52:16 AM PDT by Perseverando
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 16 | View Replies]

To: John Robinson

Can you make “Titles” the first default in the search box at upper right corner instead of “keyword”?


18 posted on 04/28/2008 10:57:19 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

“Is there a way to logout of FreeRepublic?”

ALT-F4


19 posted on 04/28/2008 10:58:24 AM PDT by Rebelbase (Carbon is the fifth most abundant element on the planet.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: Perseverando

Somebody could do a PhD thesis or two on the database here. Two million threads with who knows how many posts of mostly opinion on each would be quite a series of cultural snapshots.


20 posted on 04/28/2008 11:02:36 AM PDT by RightWhale (Repeal the Law of the Excluded Middle)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-2021-35 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson