Help with search options

Searching

In the default search form you can enter search terms you would like to search for. After searching the results shown will match ALL search terms entered. For example, if you search for

foo bar

all search results will contain both 'foo' AND 'bar'.

Instead of using ALL terms you can also search for only one (or a few) of the terms. To do this you need to use the '|' symbol. For example, to search for either 'foo' or 'bar' you can enter the search term

foo | bar

On some occasions you would like to exclude results with certain words from your search. For example, if you want the word 'foo', but not 'bar' in your search results you can enter

foo -bar

The last option we offer is to search for a sentence that should match exactly. In case of 'foo bar' these two words will not necessarily turn up next to each other in the search results. If you would like to search for some group of words you can put double-quotes around the terms. When you need 'foo' and 'bar' to be next to each other the correct search would be:

"foo bar"

You can't use more than 20 keywords when searching.

Age

All newsproviders have a certain retention (the maximum amount of days that files will be kept on the server before they are deleted). To prevent the search to return results that are too old (for example because the results will be older than your newsprovider can provide you with) you can specify a maximum amount of days to search for.

Advanced search form

Click on this link to show advanced search options. The search options are explained below.

Sorting

You can specify how you would like your search results to be sorted. By default results will be sorted with the most recent results on top. Other options are to have the results sorted starting with the oldest results, or to have the results sorted on size in ascending or descending order.

Size

You can also specify the minimum and maximum size to narrow down your search. When you know that your results should be larger than 10MB for example, you can specify a minimum size of 10. All search results smaller than 10MB will then be omitted. The same principle goes for the maximum size field, which will leave results larger than the supplied maximum size out of the results.

Poster

When you are looking for a specific name of a poster you can enter this name (or e-mail address for example) in the poster field. Results will then only contain collections posted by posters matching that name. The options for this field are the same as the main search term field, so OR (|), NOT (-) and GROUPS (" ") are allowed. For more information see the information above on 'Search terms'.

NFO content

It is also possible to search through the contents of NFO files that are attached to collections. The options for this field are the same as the main search term field and the poster field, so OR, NOT and GROUP-ing is allowed. For more information see the information above on 'Search terms'.

Showing complete releases only

Some collections are incomplete either because some of our news provider sources did not have parts of the post, because the poster did not upload all parts correctly, or simply because the collection is not finished yet. To leave this incomplete collections out of the results you can check the 'Show complete releases only' option.

Spam

Because of the recent increase in spam on Usenet we are trying (as good as we possibly can) to detect posts that very likely will be spam. By default this option is turned on so collections we have marked as spam will not be shown. If you think we incorrectly marked collections as spam you can turn the option off.

Group list

To search in one or more you can check the exact groups in which you would like to search. Note that if no groups are selected in the list, in fact all groups will be searched. Selected groups will be placed on top of the list, so they can easily be located in the long list of groups. You can't select more than 20 groups when searching.

Saving settings

Your personal search settings can be saved so you don't need to re-apply them every time you visit. To save your settings enter your settings in the form and press the 'save settings' link. Except for the main search field, the poster field and the NFO content search field all settings will be saved for you.

Search plugin

If you want to make use of our search plugin for Firefox and Internet Explorer 7, click here to install the plugin.

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