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Are "screen names" now not retrievable, though the (text) search process?

Old Dec 28th, 2005, 02:02 PM
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Are "screen names" now not retrievable, though the (text) search process?

For example, searching "bobthenavigator fairylands" yields no hits - - missing the obvious, such as

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34679976

likewise, "bobthenavigator castelrotto" fails to retrieve the same thread.

Has Fodors "deindexed" bobthenavigator - - on the basis of being too "commercial"?

Curious mihds want to know.

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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 02:14 PM
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I just use google to search the fodors site.

the text search
"bobthenavigator site:fodors.com"

google pulled up 507 references in 0.07 sec.
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 02:36 PM
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Admittedly a good stragey to have in one's repertiore...

This does retrieve what I was seeking:

http://www.google.com/search?as_q=bo...rch=fodors.com

...but it doesn't answer the question in the message header.
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 02:40 PM
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Hi Rex~
I have searched various screen names lately and all of their postings come right up..in fact, it is easier than it used to be.
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 02:43 PM
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Well... I must be doing something wrong as I typed

fairylands

in the search window and hit search. That Italian thread came up first in line. And no Googling!

Maybe you've highlighted a country before this search?

Let me try castelrotto.
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 02:45 PM
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Castelrott brought up over 50, I didn't open any.
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Post your question on "news and announcements" Peter seems to frequent that forum. He now posts replies only there.
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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 08:48 PM
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Dear Rex,

I found hits, but I used spaces in his screen name: bob the navigator

Does it work that way for you?

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Old Dec 28th, 2005, 10:22 PM
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Seems besides the point SusanEva - - searching "susan eva" should not be expected to retrieve the same thing as SusanEva, any more than "sus aneva" or "susa neva". Computer indexing doesn't "know" anything about breaking words apart.
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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 06:24 AM
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Hi Rex,

"bobthenavigator" hasn't been deindexed.
His name brings up over 100 hits.

I was going to suggest that you try ""bobthenavigator AND fairylands", but all that did was bring up this thread.

Searching for ""bobthenavigator AND magical" also missed your thread.

OTOH a search for "magical fairylands" brings it up.

There are some things that computers do that we mere mortals are not meant to understand.

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Old Dec 29th, 2005, 06:40 AM
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<< There are some things that computers do that we mere mortals are not meant to understand... >>

...and it's almost always because humans programmed them to do those things, whether intentional or not...

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