Giant in the Playground Forums FAQ
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How do I search for something?
The simplest way to search is to use the global search bar at the top of every page. This will allow you to search all available content types. If you want to use a more advanced search, you can use the Advanced Search option.
Advanced Search Operators
There are various search operators that will work when you search (you can of course use multiple operators in a single query)...
ANDThe AND operator allows you to search for documents that must contain multiple keywords.
Example: hello AND world
ORThe OR operator allows you to search for documents that contain at least one keyword.
Example: hello OR world
NOTThe NOT operator allows you to search for documents that contain at least one keyword, not not others.
Example: hello -world
GroupGrouping allows you to group keywords together with various other operators.
Example: (hello world)
PhraseWrapping keywords in quotes will allow you to search for literal phrases.
Example: "hello world"
ProximityYou can specify a proximity search that tells the search engine that you only want documents if a keyword is within xx words of another keyword. In the example below, we only care about results that have the word "hello" within 10 words of the word "world".
Example: "hello world"~10
QuorumQuorum matching is a bit of fuzzy logic with your search. In the example below, the query is asking for documents that have at least 2 of the 4 words contained in them.
Example: "hello world earth universe"/2
Strict OrderIf you only want search results that contain documents with a certain word before another word, you can do so with the strict order operator.
Example: hello << world
Exact FormTo search for exact forms of keywords, you can do so with this operator.
Example: raining =cats and =dogs
Start & End OperatorsThe start and end operator allows you to find documents that start or end with something specific.
Example (anything that starts with the word): ^hello
Example (anything that ends with the word): world$
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