The advanced search function allows a choice of 1,2…10 years ago as one of the options. But recently I wanted to find a post I made in 2003 and one on 2007. I was sure about the exact dates, exact phrase and exact user name, but the SDMB search came up with nothing (and a little too quick for such a big search, methinks).
Now I know about google’s search of our site, and both posts showed up there, but the address included “…archive…”, which makes me wonder. Are all very old SDMB posts stored in a separate database? And why does the SDMB search function offer options that cannot be fulfilled for that reason or another?
I’m grateful for google, but I don’t think we should mislead anyone into thinking that our native search function can be used beyond a certain date, but that’s what it looks like.
My impression is that some of the intermediate length date range searches simply do not work.
That’s been the case off and on for years.
“6 months ago” and “Any date” always seem good, but eg “two weeks ago” or “two years ago” have returned results so spottily, that I’ve given up even trying to use them.
One reason I would rather use the SDMB search function instead of google is I wanted to link to a specific post in a specific thread. The way google shows the data, I don’t think that is possible. In this case, linking to the google link would give the link-clicker much too much irrelevant data to page thru.
You can manually link to a specific post fairly easily. Right-click on the “#X” in the upper right corner of the post. Select “copy link location” or the equivalent. Paste it into your post and change “showpost” to “showthread”.
If the Google result is in the archive, first you have to bring up the original thread with the link at the top of the page and locate the post.