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1/8/03 | Bloody Sam Roberts

Posted on 01/08/2003 5:14:23 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts

Forgive me if this is viewed as a useless vanity posting. I don't believe it is.

I have discovered a way to search Free Republic for any word that is 3 letters or less.

As you may or may not know, the FR search function doesn't work on words that are less than 4 letters.

The way to do this is simple. First go to Google.
The word "site" followed by a colon enables you to restrict your search to a specific site. To do this, use the site:sampledomain.com syntax in the Google search box. For example, to find all threads relating to the NFL simply type this into the Google search box:

NFL site:www.freerepublic.com

Your search results will display a list of topics on FR relating to the NFL. This will be helpful in hunting down threads relating to SUV, FBI, etc...etc.

Happy Hunting!


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Free Republic; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 3letterwordsearch; frsearch; google; posting

1 posted on 01/08/2003 5:14:23 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Sabertooth
Pingeroo.

Did you ever try this?

2 posted on 01/08/2003 5:16:13 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Clever!
3 posted on 01/08/2003 5:16:50 PM PST by Momaw Nadon
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Thank you. I was curious if that would be a way around the limitation, but never bothered to test the theory.

I will now and the first word would have to be "ZOT".

4 posted on 01/08/2003 5:18:36 PM PST by perfect stranger
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To: perfect stranger
Yes! ZOT! This'll be a good way to keep up on the fun ones!
5 posted on 01/08/2003 5:20:23 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Is this search "live" or does it just come up with an archive that Google has previously indexed.
6 posted on 01/08/2003 5:23:17 PM PST by rs79bm
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
It worked for nfl but not zot. drat.
7 posted on 01/08/2003 5:24:41 PM PST by chnsmok
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Google only caches a tiny, tiny subset of FR threads. It's good for an "isn't there ANYTHING?" desperation search, but you can be sure you're only getting about 1% of the actual matching threads when you run a search.
8 posted on 01/08/2003 5:25:00 PM PST by Timesink (FINISH THE DAMN GAME!!!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
For example, to find all threads relating to the NFL simply type this into the Google search box:

NFL site:www.freerepublic.com
_______________________________

You will not "find all threads" as you put it. You will find a few threads. For whatever reason most FreeRepublic threads are omitted by google
9 posted on 01/08/2003 5:25:57 PM PST by dennisw (http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Thanks! Helpful tip.
10 posted on 01/08/2003 5:26:09 PM PST by k2blader
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Thank you. I've printed this out. I don't post original articles very much, and I don't know how often Google updates, but this was certainly an approach I'd never thought of before!
11 posted on 01/08/2003 5:26:30 PM PST by livius
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
What we need is the ability to search replies. Many times I've posted political numbers-crunching information that I'd like to be able to retrieve in the future when it would apply again. Delphi groups has a nice advanced search feature-- search replies by poster to postee by time frame, for example.
12 posted on 01/08/2003 5:26:52 PM PST by GraniteStateConservative
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To: Timesink
In a somewhat different vein: how are people putting soto voce comments next to their handles?

Best regards,

13 posted on 01/08/2003 5:28:02 PM PST by Copernicus
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To: Timesink
Hmmm. Bummer.
14 posted on 01/08/2003 5:28:33 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: dennisw
You will not "find all threads" as you put it. You will find a few threads. For whatever reason most FreeRepublic threads are omitted by google.

It's because Google places more weight than anything else on how many OTHER sites link to a given page. There are millions upon millions of morons with Geocities websites that think they're providing a public service by providing a link to cnn.com, so it shows up at the very top of a search on "CNN". Conversely, very few FR threads are ever linked to from outside FR, and thus they never make it into the Google database. There's no conspiracy or anything.

15 posted on 01/08/2003 5:29:41 PM PST by Timesink (FINISH THE DAMN GAME!!!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; TigersEye; Shooter 2.5
Bloody good thinking on your part, Sam Roberts.

Works for NRA, MMM, GOA...

16 posted on 01/08/2003 5:29:53 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: Copernicus
Easy
17 posted on 01/08/2003 5:30:30 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts (Look at the little box at the bottom called "Tag line".)
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To: Copernicus
In a somewhat different vein: how are people putting soto voce comments next to their handles?

Next time you type in a reply, notice the "Tag Line" box directly above the Word Wrap and Preview buttons. JohnRob just added it yesterday.

18 posted on 01/08/2003 5:30:59 PM PST by Timesink (FINISH THE DAMN GAME!!!)
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To: Copernicus
When you post there is a NEW & fun box for a tag line. It will be on every ost unless you change it or delete it. Look under "Your Reply." :)
19 posted on 01/08/2003 5:31:23 PM PST by Libertina
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To: Timesink
*

Thanks..........

20 posted on 01/08/2003 5:31:32 PM PST by jdontom ((WHAT DAMN GAME?!!!))
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To: Timesink
You just nipped in there ahead of me lol!
21 posted on 01/08/2003 5:32:04 PM PST by Libertina
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Already posted HERE.

F'Petessake, don't you ever search before posting? ;-)

22 posted on 01/08/2003 5:32:08 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Copernicus
Look for the "Tag line" bar just above the word wrap and preview buttons on your composing page.
23 posted on 01/08/2003 5:32:35 PM PST by .30Carbine (and type in your last words on any subject!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
It didn't really work.

I restricted the search to "freerepublic.com" and searched for the exact phrase: "ML/NJ"; it found 8 items scattered over several years.

ML/NJ

24 posted on 01/08/2003 5:32:49 PM PST by ml/nj
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To: Timesink
It's good for an "isn't there ANYTHING?" desperation search, but you can be sure you're only getting about 1% of the actual matching threads when you run a search.

*LOL* Yeah, I just noticed that... Agh...

Perhaps a better way to search for acronyms is to do a keyword search from the FR home page.
25 posted on 01/08/2003 5:34:30 PM PST by k2blader
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To: Copernicus
It's now at the bottom when you type your reply.

Be careful though, I've used mine for a specific thread and then posted on another and the same tag line appeared. You need to check it each time.

26 posted on 01/08/2003 5:35:15 PM PST by snippy_about_it
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To: Billthedrill
That should read, "Don't you ever do a bloody search before posting?"
27 posted on 01/08/2003 5:35:18 PM PST by .30Carbine
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To: .30Carbine
Bloody right!
28 posted on 01/08/2003 5:38:47 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Well I'll be darned!

Best regards,

29 posted on 01/08/2003 5:40:10 PM PST by Copernicus (Where did this come from?)
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To: Timesink
I just used the google search engine for grayout davis and brought up at least a hundred threads.
30 posted on 01/08/2003 5:40:44 PM PST by jdontom ((WHAT DAMN GAME?!!!))
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Good info thanks.
31 posted on 01/08/2003 5:44:42 PM PST by Prodigal Son
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To: Copernicus
John Robinson reincarnated the tag line. It lay dead for a bloody long while and we all missed it.
32 posted on 01/08/2003 5:44:57 PM PST by .30Carbine (Hallelujah!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
As you may or may not know, the FR search function doesn't work on words that are less than 4 letters.

Which explains why my search for "spy" was a failure.

Thanks for the tip.

33 posted on 01/08/2003 5:56:38 PM PST by aculeus
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To: Timesink
Thanks for the explanation.
34 posted on 01/08/2003 5:57:33 PM PST by dennisw (http://www.littlegreenfootballs.com/weblog/weblog.php)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts; John Robinson
I have discovered a way to search Free Republic for any word that is 3 letters or less. As you may or may not know, the FR search function doesn't work on words that are less than 4 letters.
There is ANOTHER way - which can find virtually ALL threads on FR - using FR's internal search engine, and adding a SECOND 4+ letter word as a qualifier.

See, from:

Free Republic Search Engine *Experimental*
Search Free Republic ^

Posted on 12/07/2001 3:41 PM PST by John Robinson
I've placed online an experimental search engine. It currently only searches article titles. If the technology proves worthy, I'll try to expand it to search articles and commentary. If it cooks the server, it's outta here.

It has a few interesting features, please give it a whirl...

-- snip --

To: John Robinson; WIMom

Well, this search engine is a hybrid.
The workhorse is the FULLTEXT index facility included with recent versions of MySQL, this workhorse ignores three-letter words. If you give the workhorse only three-letter words, it will return nothing.

However, if you give the workhorse something it can find, like "song" and "parody" and use "match all" or "match exact", my code will further restrict what the workhorse finds-- it takes the results from the workhorse and then filters them again. So if you are looking for "song", "parody", and "you", the workhorse ignores "you", finds many records with "song" and/or "parody", gives those results to my code, which then makes sure each has "song" AND "parody" AND "you".

And my code is not invoked if you do a "match any"; so "match any" will never find a three-letter word.

This might sound amazingly complicated, but it really isn't that much code. :-) [John Robinson]

I see. So a "work-around" for the "ignore three-letter words" problem is to include in the search SOMETHING ELSE, which is longer than four characters, like:
fbi files - rather than just FBI
irs taxes - rather than just IRS
fox news - rather than just FOX
freep cnn - rather than just CNN
Also, FOUR-letter words - by themselves - seem to be O.K.:
waco
news
gore

108 posted on 12/08/2001 2:36 PM PST by RonDog

The links do not work any more, but the strategy is still valid, IMHO...
35 posted on 01/08/2003 5:58:48 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; madfly
fyi
36 posted on 01/08/2003 6:24:18 PM PST by Free the USA
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To: GraniteStateConservative
You can put your own screenname in the ordinary Google search box, and it will find some of your posts. How they decide which ones to save, I don't know.
37 posted on 01/08/2003 6:29:41 PM PST by 185JHP (Toujours L'Audace!)
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To: Billthedrill
Cute Bill. Real cute.


38 posted on 01/08/2003 6:32:09 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: ml/nj
Yeah, I'm finding limitations that have been explained by others here as to why. But as far as your search goes it is really aimed at being more of a keyword search. There already is a search function on FR to find everything by ml/nj...or Timesink or kattracks. Well, you get the idea.
39 posted on 01/08/2003 6:36:21 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: RonDog
There is ANOTHER way -

Well I'll be danged. I mean bloody danged. Thanks!

40 posted on 01/08/2003 6:39:08 PM PST by Bloody Sam Roberts
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To: jdontom
Yes, but there a couple of thousand!
41 posted on 01/08/2003 6:43:32 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
The trick, of course, is that you have to GUESS what other 4+ letter word would be in the subject line of the thread that you seek...
42 posted on 01/08/2003 6:45:22 PM PST by RonDog
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To: Copernicus
And in another vein, maybe they can add a feature that highlights wit not meant to be taken literally!

I just hope the Church doesn't try to burn you at the stake for suggesting a tag line. (Using a single 't' may spare you, for now.)
43 posted on 01/08/2003 6:51:01 PM PST by Diddle E. Squat
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
bttt to keep tabs
44 posted on 01/08/2003 6:52:40 PM PST by TigersEye
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
A Tool to help with FR searches before posting.
45 posted on 01/08/2003 7:14:25 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Bump
46 posted on 01/08/2003 9:55:30 PM PST by Valin (Good Luck!)
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
One more BTT and then to bed.
47 posted on 01/08/2003 10:02:03 PM PST by Billthedrill
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To: Free the USA
thanks
48 posted on 01/09/2003 4:12:23 AM PST by madfly
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To: Timesink
Conversely, very few FR threads are ever linked to from outside FR, and thus they never make it into the Google database.

Hmmm. Well, there are tens of thousands of FReepers, right? So why don't we just add FR taglines to posts in other forums, as well as adding them to our homepages? That could be helpful.

49 posted on 01/09/2003 2:57:36 PM PST by dark_lord
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To: Bloody Sam Roberts
Thanks
50 posted on 03/19/2003 12:56:30 PM PST by dixie sass (GOD bless America)
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