Forum tip 7: Search and find function

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Forum tip 7: Search and find function

Post by gfstiftung » Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:02 am

The first port of call for information should always be the topic pages on the website. These are now so extensive and rich in content that they already answer many of the general questions that arise among users.

The second place to look for information should be the existing forum posts.

Some tips regarding this:

You can use the list of members in order to quickly obtain useful information such as place of residence, gender, year of birth and number of posts.

This can be found by clicking on "Members" at the top right of the forum homepage.
In the list of members, you can search for members by selecting the first letter of the username in the drop-down menu at the top, or by sorting the list at the bottom based on various criteria (for example, by date of registration, alphabetically or by the number of posts).

It is also possible to search the profile of a member . You can access the profile via the list of members and via the "Profile" button at the end of each forum post.

Clicking on the button opens the member's profile. On the profile, you can for example see information (top right) about "Total posts...“ By clicking on "Display member posts" , a list of all the forum member's posts appears showing the title and sorted by date. You may be successful here if you are looking for something specific.

The most effective way to search for topics, issues or keywords and authors is by using the Search function, which is located at the top centre of the forum homepage.

The search function works on the same principles as searches carried out using an Internet search engine, such as Google.
For example, you can search for all the forum posts that mention CyberKnife, or Gamma Knife, or operation, or translabyrinthine (a surgical access procedure). You can also search for posts in which e.g. Prof. Sepehrnia is mentioned, or Prof. Tatagiba. And you can also search for posts in which both of them are mentioned. There are explanations regarding this in small type.

If the search results are not satisfactory, a new search with different search terms can be carried out. Note: The search finds posts that contain exactly the terms that have been defined, with exactly the same spelling! For example, there is a difference between searching for "Irradiation" and "Irradiate", and Gamma Knife, Gamma-Knife and Gammaknife are three different search terms! It is worth testing this example before starting, in order to get a feel for it.

It is relatively straightforward to search here for an author= forum member. However, it is important to use exactly the right spelling for the username (e.g. B or b, ä or ae and hyphen or underscore, etc.). For this reason, it is a good idea to always use your full username on public posts, rather than a shortened version or your actual name. This is likely to lead to confusion later on.

Basically, the thing to do here is to simply give it a try, play around – nothing bad can happen, nothing is deleted or destroyed. Go for it!
If you browse through the forum in this manner, you will find answers to many of your questions and it will allow you to concentrate on truly individual aspects in your own post.
gfstiftung, IGAN Administrator
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