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Old 10 Jul 2003, 10:12 PM   #1
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Linking to a search @ EMD

I just noticed that the links I've created to searches (an example) in several different posts doesn't work. Does someone have the know how on how to link to a search at the forum?
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Old 10 Jul 2003, 11:10 PM   #2
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There are three ways I know of:

1. For searches, do your search, get into the thread you want, and copy/paste out the URL.

2. For any thread, just go into it and copy/paste out the url of the page number you want the link to start on.

3. For any particular post, you click on that underlined TIME in the username info box at the left of the screen, near the bottom of the post. That will set the url to be that post number. Copy/paste that url out into whatever you are using for tracking (or to send an email with that post, whatever).

Hope that helps!

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Old 10 Jul 2003, 11:20 PM   #3
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Originally posted by Gankaku
There are three ways I know of:
1. For searches...
2. For any thread...
3. For any particular post...
Thanks Lisa, but I can manage all of this...

What I want to achieve is to link to a particular search (for example link to a search for topics about spam), not a specific page but to the page with (all) the search results...

Did that help explain what I want to achieve?
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Old 11 Jul 2003, 12:07 AM   #4
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OOPS sorry. I was wondering about that coz I know you know your way around. haha

I saw your example but it seems to be right. I did a search on "spam" and got this: http://www.emaildiscussions.com/...der=descending

I don't see why you couldn't put that into a forum post. I saw your post, and went to the search results and saw the problem that the link didn't come up.

Let's try here

edit: I tried to recreate the problem here and it seems to work. Maybe I misunderstood again? Or maybe the link you posted was funky and you need to try to post it again?
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Old 11 Jul 2003, 12:25 AM   #5
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Your search worked for me as well...
If I remember corectly I just posted the search url in my post to...
And it did work for a while...
Hmmm...

I deconstructed the url and sorted it looks like this;
http://www.emaildiscussions.com/search.php?s=
&action=showresults
&searchid=197180
&sortby=lastpost
&sortorder=descending


Might be that the "searchid" value has some sort of expire feature...
Anyone around wiht expert knowlege on vBulletin board systems?

Note to self; Update search links weekly(?)...
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Old 11 Jul 2003, 12:41 AM   #6
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Note to self; Update search links weekly(?)...
Ugh! What a pain!
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Old 14 Jul 2003, 10:00 PM   #7
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I've raised this issue before... I suspect that there's a limit, either to the number of days a search ID is valid, or to the number of search IDs stored at any one time.
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Old 14 Jul 2003, 10:03 PM   #8
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I've raised this issue before... I suspect that there's a limit, either to the number of days a search ID is valid, or to the number of search IDs stored at any one time.
Edwin?
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 06:58 AM   #9
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I'm guessing that vBulletin must expire them to conserve storage space and resources. Hardly surprising (unfortunately).
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 10:25 AM   #10
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I was really hoping it would be possible to create a link to something like "search.php?query=spam+filter" with vBulletin... IMHO this would have been more useful than searches done via session objects. Does anybody know why it has been done this way?
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Old 15 Jul 2003, 02:05 PM   #11
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I agree it would be better if it used a search with the search operation contained in the Url. One reason it might be a session is so that the person clicking the link is sure to see the same search results that the person doing the original search did.
That is good, but not at the expense of longevity...
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Old 28 Jul 2005, 03:08 PM   #12
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Originally posted by vidvandre
I was really hoping it would be possible to create a link to something like "search.php?query=spam+filter" with vBulletin... IMHO this would have been more useful than searches done via session objects. [...]
This link generates a new searchid every time it is opened.

[edit] The value of "searchdate" is how many days back to search. e.g. searchdate=7 searches posts in the last week only.
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Old 16 Aug 2005, 04:01 AM   #13
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This link generates a new searchid every time it is opened.
Hey - Way to go Daniel!

That was exactly the piece of information I was looking for. Although the thread was posted two years ago, I still hadn't figured out a way to do this easily!...

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Old 12 Sep 2005, 01:21 PM   #14
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I took a cue from Daniel S's post and expanded on it in the tips thread.
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