There doesn’t look to be a way of manipulating this with via the search url. A search for Polycarp’s posts over a year old gave me a url that ends in “searchid=514433”. On the off chance that the ‘514433’ contains date information, I tryed changing it to “51423”, and ended up getting someone else’s search results on the term “picture.”
It’s a total pain in the ass. I really hope the moderators either change the default value of 500 or else add to the dropdown value list some other increments like “all posts older than 1.5 years”, “all posts older than 2 years” “2.5”, “3”, etc.
Otherwise a big chunk of our history is buried where we can’t easily reach it.
I was searching for a thread in which a particular poster mentioned having performed analingus on a dog while high. It was in an old TMI thread and I did finally find it, but it would have been so much easier to just search all posts by that person (or at least their first 500 instead of their last).
I’m with Cisco; whenever I see an old post of mine, I always cringe. Reminds me of a quote on bash.org… “I was looking through some code, thinking, WTF is this guy doing? Then I realized it was my own program.”
I beleive that was “The TMI Thread,” and it wasn’t analingus, IIRC.
Try searching for “SDMB anthology project.” That was a thread (in MPSIMS, I think) where we linked back to all the most memorable SDMB threads. You could probably find it through that.
I would really hate to have to build my own damn index. It would take a hell of a long time. Might be easier to just build a looping routine that loaded every thread and saved it to disk and thereby give me a copy of the whole board.
C’mon, for any of us who’ve been here a long time and/or have been prolific during the time we have been here, there are going to be big gaps between the first 500 and the last 500 of posts a year ago and newer/older. Likewise for topics that get a lot of attention.
Please, please, do something. (Does the modern software parse and recognize the old vB searchURLs, the ones with the search params encoded in the URLstring like “…startdate=12345&keywords=albatross&perpg=20&page=20&sort=descending”? And, if so, could we use those?)
As I’ve said before, it seems like the easiest solution would be to add values to the dropdown list of “Find posts from”, which gives us no way to pare down the results to dates starting farther back than one year. Although returning more than 500 hits when we need them would, of course, also help.
I’ll talk to Jerry about the schedule re upgrades.
I have been anticipating a system upgrade for quite a while now. Since any upgrade to the software brings us back to all the vB out-of-the-box default settings, I’ve been unwilling to spend a ton of hours rejiggering this board to make it more user-friendly, only to see it all vanish in a blink of an eye.