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nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Fri, 8th Feb '08 12:45 PM

SEARCH POSTS BY DATE?

Just a thought - I wonder if anyone else thinks it might be a good idea? I frequently want to look for a particular post but can't for the life of me remember who posted it. However, I can often remember roughly when it occurred. Wouldn't it be great to be able to put in a date to take you to the approximate time and then wade through the posts?

Also, sometimes I've wanted to read some of the early topics back when the 'Chat' started but have never been bored/motivated enough to get there! (I know .. I no longer have a life outside Sploofus!) 'Search by date' would be useful here also, or perhaps a 'Go to start'!

Karen

eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Fri, 8th Feb '08 7:52 PM

So would you want date the thread was started or date of the last post?

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Fri, 8th Feb '08 8:29 PM

Can't help with the date, but have noticed this - when you hit 'next 30 posts' the URL (address at the top of the screen) changes from, say:

http://www.sploofus.com/bbs.sp?o=30&cID=7

to

http://www.sploofus.com/bbs.sp?o=60&cID=7

It seems Salty Dog is cID 7, and the o=number is the number of posts back. So, you could go back, say, 300 posts, by just changing the o= number to 300, and you'd jump back 10 screens worth of posts.

If you then check out the dates there, you'll have a good idea of how far you need to go on back (or maybe come forward again!) to get roughly to the date you're looking for.

You probably need to keep the number to multiples of 30 if you don't want to confuse your computer/sploofus too much, though.

Be interested to hear if this helps!!

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 7:50 AM

Lodi, I would think the date the thread starts (that's probably the only way it could be set up anyway).

Beryl - That's a good idea! Never thought of looking at that. Just tried substituting 3,000 and it took me back to July 2006. It certainly saves a bit of time, although I still think being able to enter a date in the search would be helpful.

Thanks for the input though
Karen

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 9:37 AM

Hey Beryl - Only took me about 10 tries to find the first available post doing it your way! Enter 4,360 - takes you back to 14 August 2005!
Thanks
Karen

berylm
Berylm  (Level: 156.4 - Posts: 478)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 12:38 PM

Re the date you're searching for, actually at the moment you could only find the thread by the date of the last post on it, as adding a post brings the thread to the top of the list again.

A search facility might be able to look for the date the thread started, though - or maybe you could have the choice as to which date you wanted it to find?! Mind you, we might be getting into the realms of fantasy here ...!



eesusbejesus
Eesusbejesus  (Level: 75.0 - Posts: 3645)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 12:44 PM

We also need a better search engine for the player directory. It used to be that you opened the player directory and it started with A's and that was it. Justin finally broke it down by alphabet but still, to get through one letter to find a player is really painful. There are pages and pages and pages to go through.

nelly
Nelly  (Level: 172.0 - Posts: 1167)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 2:05 PM

I agree Lodi - would be much better if you could enter even the first 3 letters into the player directory

jank0614
Jank0614  (Level: 67.1 - Posts: 4597)
Sat, 9th Feb '08 6:38 PM

I so agree with Lodi, too. I'm no programmer by any means, other than one college class, but searching for a name seems like one of the simpler things to program. I'm surprised that option wasn't instituted from the beginning.


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