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JamesCalvin

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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2013 8:40:00 PM

It would be beneficial if we could search for topics within gasbuddy with out needing to do a google search to find answers to many questions that we have.

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lcwright
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Message Posted: Oct 25, 2013 2:22:34 AM

Keyword search would be great
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hotrod85merc
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Message Posted: Sep 23, 2013 10:58:12 AM

I agree, it would be great to have a "search forums" link by topic or keywords.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Sep 8, 2013 6:29:10 AM

It would be exactly the same thing maxstar.
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Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 7:30:54 PM

thirstyV8suv:

There is an "ego search" feature. Click on the "Forum" link at the top of the page, and instead of clicking on a category or entering a name in the "Search for author" box, and click on either the "Show topics that I started" or the "Show topics that I participated in" link just under the "Message Forum - Browse Forums" heading. You can pull up all the topics you started on Gas Buddy or you can pull up all the threads you participated in.

You can, of course, make topics that you're particularly interested and may want to take part in regularly a "Favorite" by clicking the "Add to favorite topics" while in the thread, and when you want to review your "favorites", simply hover over the "Forum" link at the top of the page and click "Favorite Topics", and rejoin any topics you participated in (or that you at least made a favorite).

For those wanting to "search" topics, you can always avail yourself to the CampKohler created "Suggested Topics List", which virtually all the suggestions made in this discussion category. His list is both alphabetical and easily searchable (with a "find" toggle on your computer).
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maxstar
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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 7:25:47 PM

How would that differ from the "Show topics that I participated in" link already available thirstyV8suv?
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thirstyV8suv
All-Star Author Columbus

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Message Posted: Sep 7, 2013 6:30:58 PM

Count me in as also requesting this feature. An "ego search" where you could quickly locate threads you replied to would be nice as well.
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tigerhater
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Message Posted: Aug 26, 2013 3:37:38 PM

A search engine would be helpful
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 5:07:42 AM

To change your city contact the moderators as stated here.
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nvwarped
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Message Posted: Aug 19, 2013 1:21:56 AM

I think it would be nice to be able to see our standing and progress during each level of awards.

Also, it would be nice to be able to change our city a lot easier. I have move three times and still can't change my city.
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kwzh
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Message Posted: Aug 14, 2013 3:09:44 AM

scoutmaster writes,
> [link to the all-site-search hack] is the best that is available.

Actually, I've had better luck using intitle:"gas prices" as one component of what is otherwise a normal Google search. This directs the engine to only look on pages that include "gas prices" in the title, which all GasBuddy pages do. This has often revealed hits that the custom search did not. (I don't know why.)
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CampKohler
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 8:59:47 PM

This suggestion has been added to the Suggestion Tracking List as a new topic on an existing subject.
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scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 8:05:09 AM

This is the best that is available.
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Scrapheap
Champion Author Virginia

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Message Posted: Aug 13, 2013 5:51:06 AM

This idea has been brought up many, many times. Good idea, but I wouldn't expect it to ever happen.
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kwzh
Champion Author San Jose

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Message Posted: Aug 12, 2013 11:18:49 PM

Except for the "Search For Author" buttons (which search across all forum categories for all messages contributed to by, or originated by, the single selected member), the current version of the message forum doesn't have any built-in search features. A more powerful search feature might be considered for a future release. But in the meantime, there are still ways to simplify the task with existing tools.

Suppose you want to find a topic about "electric cars". First, go to the forum category that you want to search, perhaps "General" in this example, to see the 50 most recent topics. Click on the URL text box, go to the end of the string, and append the text "&page_size=500" and press Enter; this will load a new page that shows more hits at once. Go to the top of the page and click on some harmless text, like the "Logged in" line, just to make sure your current position isn't confused. Now use the browser's Find-In-Page function -- this seems to be on Ctrl-F in all major browsers -- and type the text "electric cars", and press Enter (or click the appropriate button). You could then open that link in another window (or tab), while you continue to search for more hits on the same page.

It's not as pretty as a having all the matches (and only the matches) displayed at once, but it does get the job done.
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