A replacement for the forum search engine is being worked on and will be ready when it's ready. In the meantime, a few tips for getting the most out of Google:Seaching a specific forum
Add the exact phrase from the breadcrumb navigation (i.e. where it says >> GTAForums.com » The Network » GTA Network Support
) to your search. You'll also need to replace the » with wildcards * otherwise Google won't find anything.
For example, you could search for steak
in the GTA V forum using something like steak "GTAForums.com * GTA Series * GTA V"
Since that exact phrase comes up a lot, you'll probably need to click the repeat the search with the omitted results included
link at the end of the initial search results to see all the matches.Seaching a specific topic
This isn't all that useful since Google treats the whole page as a single document so you won't get individual posts back. You can still try by adding inurl
to your query with the topic ID (the number after ?showtopic= in the URL). So to search this topic, you'd use inurl:459396
. Obviously this is much more useful if it's a huge topic with lots of pages.
Alternatively, just hit the Print this topic
link when browsing a topic and it'll give you a single page with every post on it. You can then use your browser's search function to scroll to the posts you want.Seach within a particular time
You might be better off using the main Google site and adding site:www.gtaforums.com
to the query. You can then use Google's standard date cutoff options.Seach within titles
If you know the topic title, you'll narrow down the results a lot if you search titles only using the intitle
modifier. For example, intitle:"find all posts"
should give this topic and similarly titled ones.
Or you can even try a combination of the above for a really specific search. If you just want to track your own posts, you'll be better off using the topic subscriptions feature. Go to My Controls -> Options -> Email Settings
to see the subscription options. Check the Enable 'Email Notification' by default?
option to automatically subscribe to topics you post in. (While you're here, you might want to make sure Send email when someone replies to a subscribed topic?
is unchecked if you don't want your inbox cluttered up.) Then whenever you want to check your subscriptions, go to My Controls -> Subscriptions -> View Topics
and you'll see all your subscribed topics.