You can create individual folders in your browser and keep only the
messages that you’re interested in. I do this to temporarily store
the posts before transferring them to a special database I’ve set up.
I’ve found a handy way to organize the Orchid I choose to
keep. I have a software app called “Filemaker”. It’s an easy-to-use
relational database program that allows me to create everything from
large “Rolodex” file databases to project budgets and specifications,
investment portfolio password and serial number files,
etc. Filemaker is available for both Mac and PC.
For my “Jewelry Database”, I set up a very simple file with 3 fields:
Subject, text and category. The category field is set up as a “value
list” with checkboxes for 5 categories: Source, Tips & Tricks, Health
& Safety, Tools & Equipment Info, Findings & Materials and
Miscellaneous. I could add “Author”, but I found that it was easier to
keep that with the message text. This is a very flexible
program. I can add to or change the fields and layouts at any time.
Whenever I read a message with that I have a particular
interest in keeping, I open a new "record in the database, copy the
text of the message, type in a title and check one or more categories
for the subject. If the messages have unique I file them
as separate records. If there are other messages in the thread with
additional info, I sometimes number the individual message texts and
keep them all in the same record. Many records have more than one
category checked to allow me to more easily find the information
When I wish to retrieve I do a “Find” for any subject,
category or even any word in a field. For example, I can find all my
"source" messages, create a list and print it out. I can look for
"John Burgess" in the Text field and find all the posts I’ve saved
that he has authored. Best of all, I can create a variety of "Layouts"
using these fields including one that lists and sorts by subject.
I now have well over a hundred records filled with really useful
Some of these I’ve gleaned from the Orchid Archives
where I’ve read through several dozen messages and found maybe 2 or 3
that have the best info. The archives are a terrific resource, but my
personal database will ultimately save me a lot of time. Thanks to
all of you who have contributed to it.