There are a few ways to search for forum posts on a specific topic.
The first is to do a simple search. It's not quite as simple as it could be, however. See the search boxes up near the top on the right?
You might intuitively want to type your search term into the lower box, the one in the green bar. That's what I want to do, anyway. But you'll notice the button next to it says "Search LLLI.org". Don't use that one, it's NOT the forum search (and I'm not sure it even works at all at the moment).
The forum search box is in the gray bar, with the magnifying glass icon next to it. Type in the topic you're looking for and hit return or click on the magnifying glass.
It will return a list of threads in which your search terms appear, starting with the most recently updated.
If you want to see only the posts that contain your search terms or if you want the threads sorted in a different order, etc., you can use the Advanced Search. Just click the link under the search box.
Yes, the advanced forum search link is under the forum search box, in the green bar next to the "Search LLLI.org" button I just told you not to use.
In the Advanced Search window you have two options:
- Search Multiple Content Types
- Search Single Content Type
What's the difference, you ask?
With the Multiple Content Types search you can search not only posts, but group messages and profile messages at the same time.
Single Content Type can search all of them too, but only one at a time. You can also search within individual forums.
With both you can filter by date and sort by different criteria. The default sort for Multiple Content Types is by Relevance, while the default for Single Content Types is to sort by post date, with the most recently updated at the top.
So if you do the same search in both types with the default sort, your results may look quite a bit different. You're likely to see much older threads at the top of the results with the Multiple Content Types search. Whether the "Relevance" sort really gives you the most relevant threads, you'll have to decide for yourself!