Well after yesterday, I purposely waited half a day to answer this thing so let's see if there is any secret words left for me to play and if I can hit on them...
I do simple searches all the time, probably daily and a lot of the time they are because of the KatKwiz or KatKwery!
If I dont hit on anything with a simple search then I always move on to the more advanced search to find what I am looking for, but in the interest of saving time... I do the simple searches first.
No matter what type of search you are doing the search engine only looks through the forums. Nothing from the TCS articles or blogs (ie, Cat Snips, Cat Health, Cat Shop, Cat Behavior) are included in the TCS search engine. This fact is reinforced when you do an advanced search by the included scroll bar on the right hand side allowing you to narrow your search by forum or sub-forum (child forum or parent forum).
Whenever I do a search, most of the time, I try to remember to click on the "show posts" option. Mainly because I dont want to have to dig through a thread and like when the post I am looking for is displayed.
If you do a search on Google or Yahoo; however, the articles written by TCS are often included.
If I do a search on "cat Behavior" without the quotes, I expect to get back articles or rather posts and/or threads with that word in it. However, sometimes a word is used so frequently that it is often excluded in the results. But in this case, none of them are excluded. I got 2500 hits. I imagine that there are more, but that the search engine limits the hits to that number.
If I do the same search with quotes I get the same results. If I search for "Cat and
Behavior", again the hits are the same. Now, if I do a search for "cat or
behavior" sans the quotes, the pages times out. I guess because the word cat is probably used so frequent that the site has a hard time searching through it all.
So I change my search words. Let's try *peeing bed*
When I enter it without quotes it yields 567 threads. The first of which displays "bed peeing" in the title. My words are there, only reversed.
So I now enter the same words but with quotes. Again it returns the same results, with the same thread being listed as number one. It appears that it has discarded my quotes and included the phrase anyway.
Entering the same words again, this time with the conjunction "and" produces the exact results again. BUT, inserting the words with "or" creates NEW results. 2500 results. So it appears that using some of our tricks or joining words never affects the results except for the use of "or".
I might be tempted to use a larger phrase with the quotes to see if that affects the end product, but it is getting late. Maybe tomorrow, if I get on before the next Kwery is posted.
On second thought, seeing as though I inadvertently answered the rest of the questions anyway, I might as well test it out also.
Going into the Cat Lounge, one of the first threads I see is "I love William Shatner". So lets use this as an example. I dont imagine that these words or this phrase is all too common on TCS.
Test #1: I love William Shatner with no quotes.
Results: "showing results 9" the word "I" was omitted because "The following words are either very common, too long, or too short and were not included in your search
Test #2: I love William Shatner with quotes.
Results: same 9 outcomes, with the word "I" again being left out.
Test #3: I love William Shatner with the AND function
Results: I tested several possibilities, using the word "and" between just William and Shatner, and also using it between all words. It supplied the same 9 results.
Test #4: I love William OR Shatner
Results: 77 threads!
And there you have it...
Marian's unofficial TCS simple search study.
Good night everyone!
...and lest I forget - thanks Lee and his most generous samaritans for the points today!