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05-07-2012 08:49:01

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There was a forum topic on Farmall about how to search the site.
Our search has many features that can zero in on what you want to find, but they can be obscure. By default, the search looks for any of the keywords and the results are a hodgepodge. If you use quotes, +, -, and the "AND" and "OR" keywords, you can get a pretty accurate result.
Another way I've never mentioned is just to use Google or Bing and type in keywords

For example, AC D14

will give you a pretty good list of posts, articles and parts for the D14.

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05-14-2012 13:05:34

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-07-2012 08:49:01  

On photo ads, use the Advanced Search, change the "Ads Must Match" option to say "All terms". The default of "Any terms" is nearly useless and I will change it so that is not the default.
That brings up the other problem though, it still returns all John Deere. Single character searches work poorly or not at all. In that search software, it looks like it's dropping the D. I'll have a look at that and verify.
Right now, to get around that, use the "as a phrase" selection on Ads Must Match in the Advanced search. That will give a better return for John Deere D. You'll still get some misfires because if a sentence has John Deere followed by any word starting with D, it will return those too.

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05-12-2012 09:46:10

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-07-2012 08:49:01  
No, it may be the same on classifieds still. We haven't changed that search in a long time. I'll look at it and try some searches. The good news is that it's the easiest search to fix.


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05-12-2012 06:35:43

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-07-2012 08:49:01  

Let me know which search you mean. There is the Classifieds, Photo Ads and then the "Search For:" box up in the upper right. That last one seems to return very good results for most keywords. For example, putting "AC D14" in there gets all on topic posts. It has not always done that, it had some serious bugs reported a few months ago. It used to search the parts store first which gave a lot of stuff you wouldn't want to see, plus if you used that same box with a specific tractor brand in mind from a brand forum page, it would search the wrong one (for example, if you had "Ford" selected, it would search "Oliver" etc). I do want to know what errors people get.
As I mentioned, the Classifieds and Photo ads, don't use that search, especially photo ads seems to return more than what you are interested in.
If you have any examples I can recreate, it would help too.

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Howard H.

05-14-2012 12:49:21

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-12-2012 06:35:43  

One example for me would be why does a photo ad search for "D John Deere", return 3040 ads starting with "1957 MF TO35 (TO-35)", for example???

That ad seems to have none of the three keywords entered, much less the three together...


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Jim Johnson

05-12-2012 09:48:00

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-12-2012 06:35:43  
I just tried it on Classified and it seemed to work so thanks a lot.


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Jim Johnson

05-12-2012 09:40:43

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-12-2012 06:35:43  
Yes those are the two that most people do a search on. When you see an ad that someone you know is interested in, for example, then when they go and try to find it, especially on Classified, it's next to impossible. I haven't tried it for a while so maybe it's better. I hope.


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Jim Johnson

05-12-2012 06:00:29

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-07-2012 08:49:01  
It would be nice if you could figure out a way to do the search without all the trouble. As in what you type in comes up first then all the others. It's almost a futile effort in most cases and most people just give up or, like me, just don't even try anymore. It doesn't need to be that trying of a deal I wouldn't think, it isn't on most sites. That's always been mine, and several others I know, biggest complaint about your site.


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Howard H.

05-08-2012 09:31:54

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to YTSupport, 05-07-2012 08:49:01  

How can a person search for "RC Case" in photo ads, for example??

I seem to get everything from words like "undercarriages" to ads that don't even have Case anywhere in them, no matter what combination of reserved search keywords I try to use...


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05-08-2012 09:42:48

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 Re: Searching on YT in reply to Howard H., 05-08-2012 09:31:54  
Unfortunately, both the Ads programs have their own search routines and they don't honor any of the special suggestions I was making.

Using the "Advanced Search", I put in "Case RC", then specified "All Terms" under "Ads Much Match" (that "much" is a typo, I'll fix that), then putting "Tractors" for the Category to search. This brought up the RC that is in there but also brought up 6 other Cases. It was close and didn't have too many misfires.

I also just tried the google method with " case rc photoads -archived" and that returned some useless links, but included the Case RCs. There appears to be only one in there now.

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