Site Search Help

Neoseeker's search engine helps you find games and other products on the site. For help with searching the forums, check out this document on searching Neoforums.


[edit] Advanced Search

[edit] How keywords are matched

The Neoseeker engine works similarly to common search engines. By default the engine will look for all words that you enter into the keyword field. If a record contains one word but not the others, the record is NOT returned. If you want to find records that contain any of the keywords that you enter, simply use boolean style expressions to indicate which words are optional.

Anchoring Words

The engine does not discriminate where a keyword is found in a word. This means that a search for "start" will return records with "starting", "restart", "upstart" etc. To anchor your keyword, simply use "^" on whichever side you want to anchor.

^start will only look for words that begin with "start".

start^ will only look for words that end with "start".

^start^ will look for the exact word "start".

Grouping words

All keywords submitted to the engine are treated as individual words to be matched. Sometimes it is desirable to group words into a phrase. To group words together, enclose them in quotations marks. For example, "video card" will look for those two words as a phrase - without the quotes any record containing those two words in any order, anywhere in the record, will be returned.

first person - would find the sentence: "I was first, this person was last".

"first person" - would only find a sentence like: "I was the first person".

Boolean Support

The Neoseeker engine allows boolean style searching. You can use the reserved words "and", "or", "not" or the symbols "+", "-" to denote words that are required, optional, or that must not exist in a record.

lcd or crt monitor - will find records with the word "monitor" and either "lcd" or "crt".

lcd or crt not monitor - will find records that contain either "lcd" or "crt" as long as they don't also contain "monitor". Case Sensitivity By default all searches are case insensitive. However, when you enter a search query which contains any capital letters, case sensitive matching is automatically enabled. This means that a search for "oni" will return a far different result than a search for "Oni". It is recommended that you first try a case insensitive match before applying a case sensitive one.

[edit] General Tips

[edit] Dealing with too many matches

If you are finding that you get too many results in your search, try some of these ideas:

use more words - the more words, the more strict the search.

anchor keyword(s) - if you know that your word is at the begining or end of other words, try anchoring them with the "^" to prevent finding every word that contains your keyword.

case sensitivity looking for a game? try typing one of the words with a capitalized first letter. This should cut down on all the "noise" words that are similar to the game's name.

[edit] Increasing matches

Not surprisingly, the methods for increasing the matches returned are basically the "opposite" of the methods that would normally cut down the number of match returned.

- rather than trying to find "heatsink and fans for video cards", try a more generic term like "video card coolers".<p>

include optional words
- by using the reserved word "OR", you can add many words to your query without worrying about being too strict.

use shorter words
- the easiest and fastest way to make sure you find all the relevant records. Looking for coolers? Try the word "cooler" instead. Looking for "cooler" will find cooler AND coolers, but looking for "coolers" will ignore cooler. Still not enough results? Try "cool" instead.


Last edited by Redemption on 18 July 2011 at 04:46
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