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[Tip] How to search the archives


#1
PLEASE learn to use the Orchid archives. 

I use google: type in the subject you want and the word ganoksin.
Works like a charm, you go straight to the thread you want.

Elaine
http://www.CreativeTextureTools.com


#2
I use google: type in the subject you want and the word ganoksin.
Works like a charm, you go straight to the thread you want. 

Yep, that’s what I do too. The Orchid archives are so immense and
the truncated bits that come up are not descriptive enough to know if
it’s the right one so you have to try so many articles before you get
the one you’re looking for, and if your pages load slowly it can be a
very tedious process so Elaine’s tip narrows it down immensely.

Helen
UK


#3

It was suggested to use Google and add ganoksin to the search line,
while that may return the pages, it will also return non-ganoksin
pages that happen to have ganoksin on their page.

If you use Google the better way is to type in your search terms and
then add site:ganoksin.com so for an example to search for prips you
would use

Prips site:ganoksin.com

Has the search string. This can be used to limit a search to any
site.

Kay


#4
It was suggested to use Google and add ganoksin to the search line

alternatively use the ganoksin site search powered by google. check
and bookmark:

http://www.ganoksin.com/power-search.htm

hth
hanuman


#5

Hi all. Those of you who have been with Orchid a few years know the
feeling of seeing topics repeated by newer members who apparently
didn’t do any archive searching before posting a question. But
generous Orchidians will still help with their wisdom. I know it’s
often not easy to find what you’re looking for in the archives, but
still this practice occasionally bugged me a little bit.

BUT, a recent repeat thread really opened my eyes. This thread
brought up something that has been mentioned before, but which I
forgot to remember the first time. When I read it, I was so glad
someone had brought it up again, because I had wanted to try this
particular advice. The amount of great info in the digest can
sometimes approach overload, and it can be hard to process and
remember it all.

So I came to the realization that it can often be a good thing to
bring up a topic again that might have been answered by some diligent
archive searching. Why?

  1. People forget, and repetition is often necessary to learn new
    info
  2. New members and different posters bring new insight
  3. Things and people change and evolve

I suppose that if everyone burrowed deep into the archives before
posting a question, the digest would be shorter, but now I’m thinking
that it would not be better.

Allan
www.silvermason.com


#6

Allan,

So I came to the realization that it can often be a good thing to
bring up a topic again that might have been answered by some
diligent archive searching. 

AMEN!!

It is good to use a word three times to learn vocabulary…it is
also good to see/ use technique suggestions as often as possible
until they are ingrained in your daily repertoire at the bench. The
more knowledge of technique, the easier our jobs!

Paul in hot-dry Colorado Springs.


#7
I suppose that if everyone burrowed deep into the archives before
posting a question, the digest would be shorter, but now I'm
thinking that it would not be better. 

Thanks Allan - I agree! Often when something comes up I’m not much
interested in it; then it comes up again; I’m at a different point
in my work - and now I AM interested. Or maybe I understood it one
way, or not at all, and then I’m in a different place and understand
it differently.

Not a bad thing to go over things more than once!

Beth in SC


#8
So I came to the realization that it can often be a good thing to
bring up a topic again that might have been answered by some
diligent archive searching. 

Apart from about brand new products or techniques (if
there is such a thing), if all our questions were answered by
searching the archives - a process which I find rather difficult
because of the sheer number of responses - there would be very
little if anything to read every day. And the wonderful friendships
found via Orchid would be far less likely to happen too.

Helen
UK