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Old 03-07-2014 , 15:15   Search tutorial (Enhanced).
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sometimes, some people need a screenshot to understand how to use the advanced search, others are unaware of the use of special characters. that's why i made this tutorial.
so if an omniscient person reads this miserable topic.. please ignore ignorant people, your perfection is already known .



Introduction:
what's about here ?
hello n00bs !

as I was called Search Bar Alternative by devilicioux and Search tool by Arkshine, I finally decided to finish this tiring tutorial.




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Content:
quick hypertext links.
Important.
Search sources.
Searching correctly.
Special characters (symbols).
Logical Operators.
Useful examples.
Common Keywords.
FAQs Frequently Asked Questions.
Useful links.



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Important:
should be read !
this tutorial may help you, no one is omniscient. if you find it too long and complicated, useless, or stupid.. no one is forcing you to read it.
read before to post, only significant questions will be answered.
all the underlined words are including links, read carefully !
don't use this thread to ask/search for something.
avoid posts like "I'll try this", "useless thread", "lol", etc.. a clean thread is better than a spammed one, even if always on the top of list.
if you find some errors in my tutorial, please correct me, or if you know better methods, share them .




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Search sources:
where to search exactly.
the Web: using a web browser. the most used one is google.
AlliedModders Wiki: the official Alledmodders wiki.
amxmodx.org & sourcemod.net: to search for and within the approved plugin threads.
the advanced search: the embedded search engine.




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Searching correctly:
seriously.
if you are asked to search in the wiki, amxmodx or just to "search", at least you need to know where, exactly.

The Web:
there is no extra explanation about the web search, except that you may get better results if you add the website name in the search sentence (and the OP's username). also avoid long sentences and very common words, cause it will search for all the suggested keywords, and the result will be huge and vague.
for better details, use the inverted commas ▼▼.
Alliedmodders wiki:
it's the official, wiki about amxmodx, sourcemod, and metamodsource.
about amxmodx there are two (three about sourcemod & metamod source) sub-section:

documentation: the main documentation about how to install metamod, and amxmodx, how to configure it, to add admins, the map specific plugins, everything.

scripting: this section is for those who want to learn pawn language. making plugins isn't so easy, so you need a basic knowledge.
CS Weapons Information: may be useful to edit basic stuff about some cs weapons, without any real pawn knowledge.
amxmodx.org and sourcemod.net:
there, you may find:
the related news.
a link for the web compiler.
different versions of amxmodx.
and.. the list of approved plugins.
in that same section, you may just browse existing plugins, or use the following methods:
  • searching for all plugins depending in their actual position in the approved section.
  • searching for plugins, by modification, or by cathegory.
  • searching for all plugins made by one person. you need to write the name of the author, or just a part (notice that if another person has that same part in the name, it will be authomatically included into the search list).
  • searching by keywords in the whole plugin's thread (notice that you need to write the EXACT keyword (nade is different than grenade), symbols won't work).
The advanced search:
it's the integrated search engine. it can be fully optimised to find almost everything you are searching for, but you need to know/use its advanced features:
  • should I search in the whole unrelated sub-forums ?
  • I know the name of the thread but don't know how to search / someone made a nice post about steamcmd, but can't find it.
  • someone wrote something useful, but can't remember the keyword. it was since some days.
  • I'm not sure about a thread's author name.
  • I only know the beginning of his/her name.
  • I want to know all the threads started by a specific user.
  • I searched for a correct keyword, but the search result is shown as threads, there are too many posts, how to find what i am asking for ?
Important:
the search result links are ephemeral, never save or share them.
if you need to share a search result, press the link within the red circle, the same link will search exactly for what you already did.
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Special characters (symbols):
enter the Matrix.
special characters are some limited symbols used to refine your research.
Inverted commas:
the inverted commas are generally used to search for a whole specific sentence and not to search for a group of keywords, it's useful to find something that we remember but can't find using the classic web search or the local advanced search.
example: I need to search for this sentence "my name is two for we are two"
no need to add the web site name or any other keyword, just search for this in the web (knowing that it may be almost impossible to find using the advanced search, as it's using very common words).

notice:
  • if you want to add the website name or any other keyword, it MUST NOT be included between the two inverted commas.
  • the inverted commas may be used in the advanced search, but I personally ignore their proper use.
the Number sign:
this symbol # is used to search for two combined or separated keywords.
syntax: keyword1#keyword2.
bad example of use: keyword1 # keyword2.
status: highly recommended to search for two (combinated or separated) keywords.
the Asterisk:
this symbol * is used to replace unknown (from zero to the maximum) character(s).
syntax: *keyword1, keyword2*, *keyword3*, key*word4, *key*word5, key*word6*, *key*word7*.
bad example of use: key* word8, *key* word9, key *word10*, *key * word11*.
status: may find keywords only from a known part.

the Parentheses (Brackets):
this brackets () are used for more detailed searchs, you must follow logical ways if you want to use them.
syntax: keyword1+(keyword2 -keyword3) or keyword1 not (keyword2 or keyword3)
bad example of use: keyword1 -( keyword2 + keyword3 ) or keyword1 + ( keyword2 or keyword3 ).
Other characters:
I personally ignore the use of other characters like !, ?, $, etc..




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Logical Operators:
1+1=1 ?
AND:
syntax: keyword1 and keyword2.
remark: it's highly recommended to avoid this operator (except when used with the NOT operator), because it's just ignored and the nearby whitespace characters will be translated as an OR operator.
OR:
syntax: keyword1 or keyword2.
bad example of use: keyword1orkeyword2.

NOT:
syntax: keyword1 not keyword2 or keyword1 and not keyword2.
bad example of use: keyword1notkeyword2.
remark: recommended if you want to find a thread containing a keyword1 without containing a keyword2.
plus sign "+"
syntax: keyword1+keyword2 or keyword1 + keyword2.
bad example of use: keyword1+ keyword2 or keyword1 +keyword2.
remark: the perfect substitute of the AND operator.
minus sign "-"
syntax: keyword1 -keyword2 or keyword1 - keyword2.
bad example of use: keyword1- keyword2 or keyword1-keyword2.
remark: same as the NOT operator.
Important: it's recommanded to use the NOT operator instead of the minus sign if it's a bit confusing.

the Whitespace character:
syntax: keyword1 keyword2.
remark: same as the OR operator.
notice: logical operators may be written in small or capital letters.




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Useful examples:
(notice that those examples are just here for reference)

the Asterisk, the number sign & the plus sign:
searching for other tutorials:
search for tuto* you'll find all the words starting by tuto like: tutos, tutoriel, tutorials, etc.

searching for too short or common words like xp, C4 and themselves, etc..
just search for xp*, C4*and themsel* to find themselves or even themself.
notice: xp* will not allow you to find keywords like experience because the asterisk is at the end.

keywords like death#bones will allow you to find deathbones and death bones.
keywords like death+bones will not allow you to find the deathbones plugin. but keywords like *death* or *bone* may find both of them.
notice: death*bones is different than death+bones or death#bones the first one is a single keyword with some unknown characters, the second and third one are two combined keywords.


the whitespace character & the
Parentheses:
the whitespace character SHOULD only be used with AND, OR, NOT, AND NOT, minus sign operators.
you MUST NOT use the whitespace character RANDOMLY in a search sentence beside the operators +, -, (). otherwise it will be translated as an OR operator, and some search symbols as keywords.
"(keyword1 + keyword2 )" will search for: (keyword1 AND keyword2 AND ).
"(keyword1+ keyword2)" will search for: (keyword1+ OR keyword2).

OR, NOT, AND NOT operators:
zombie# OR advance will search separately for those keywords even if they are in the same thread.
zombie# AND NOT advance will search for threads including the first keyword AND NOT including the second one.

afk NOT kick* an example to search for threads including the keyword afk but without anything else starting by kick (like kick, kicker, kicking, etc.).
notice that this is just a theorical example and should not be used to avoid any kind of confusion (afk and kick* are generally present in the same posts).




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Common Keywords:
save your time.

to search correctly isn't enough, you need to know some very common keywords to avoid missing the most important:
  • admin*: will search for admin, admins, administration, administrator, etc.
  • C4*: c4 is a too short keyword and not supported by the search engine, add the asterix to find it.
  • chat: almost all the chat plugins are including this keyword in their titles.
  • heal*: for heal, health, healthkit, healtpack, etc.
  • HUD: a very common keyword in requests titles.
  • jail*: for jail#break, jailbreak, jailed, jailstuff, etc.
  • map*: for map and maps, mapping, etc.
  • model*: for model, models, modelT, modelling, etc.
  • nam*: for name, named, etc.
  • round*: for round, rounds, etc.
  • shop: same as vip.
  • sound*: for sound, sounds, etc.
  • *spawn*: for spawn, spawns, respawn, respawning, etc.
  • vip: this keyword is included in more than 500 threads (the maximum of results supported by the search engine), search in separate sub-forum (approved, unapproved, and new plugins).
  • weapon*: for weapon, weapons, weaponry, etc.
  • xp*: same as C4.



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FAQs (Frequently Asked Questions):
enter the Matrix.
Q. I read everything, followed all the steps, but didn't find anything.
A. you are off-topic ! this tutorial shows how to search, not to find results !
_____
Q. I can't find a working plugin.
A. you are off-topic !
_____
Q. can I ask for something here ?
A. only if directly related to the search methods.
_____
Q. someone gave me a keyword, where to search for it ?
A. firstly in titles, then in posts.
_____
Q. I got too many results !
A. search within separated sub-forums/ change or add some keywords.
_____
Q. wow, it's complicated !
A. less complicated than pawn language.
_____
Q. is the search engine bugged ?
A. Yes. I already pointed it out in two public posts, and in the Contact Us link.
_____
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Old 03-07-2014 , 15:16   Re: Search tutorial
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Useful links:

Epic threads
.
Tutorials.
Most searched topics.


Collections.
Maps and models websites.
My other tutorials.
Epic threads:
[TUT] Using the Search Button
[TUT] Finding "[TUT] Using the Search Button"
[WHY T0] Make Descriptive Topic Titles


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Various tutorials:
amxx related
for n00bs: [HOWTO] Compile locally with custom includes
Spider - A Replacement Webcompiler
Useful Tutorials, Guides, Snippets, and References
Most Common Errors You Can Encounter Every Now and Then

generale
SteamCMD - Valve Developer Community
Your Guide to Setting Up a HLDS - Overclockers Forums
sv_downloadurl Tutorial
.res files: Warning: couldnt open czde_aztec.wad
Half-Life programs - slackiller


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Most searched topics:
iChat - The most powerful chat manager
Players Models 1.3.1 ( 13 nov 2010 )
Weapon Model Replacement
Parachute 1.3 (KRoTaL)


top of useful links
Collections:
My AmxModx dropbox archive (since 2009)
All plugins made by v3x!
How many plugins is toooo much? POST YOUR PLUGINS.INI!!
Lists of 3rd Party: Addons / Modes / Items / Classes / Models / Resources
[ZP 5.0] List of working plugins from zp 4.3
List of ZP 3rd party plugins (08/2009)
A New Plugins List (Over 260 Plugins)(New Updated: 15/10/2012)
New List of Models (05/2010)
[ZP] List of 3rd Party + New Modes + Tutorials
[ZP] List of Modified + Requested Plugin (17/11/2014)
[ZP] Mega Pack Naruto Skins (all of them)


top of useful links
Maps and models websites & tutorials:
GAMEBANANA - The Home of Game Customization
17 Buddies - Download custom maps on the best global website !

[HOWTO] Delete the modelT.mdl
Fixing Death Model Animation Tutorial
[TUT]Fixing a Zombie's Animations
[TUT][Modelling] How to make p_, w_ models + other stuff
[TUT] Converting Source Models
Convert CS:S Weapon to CS 1.6 Tutorial
Convert models TS to CS 1.6 by Koshak ;-)
[TUT]Fixing a Human/Zombie's Animations
[TUT] [Modelling] fixing bugged models



top of useful links
My other threads/tutorials:
podbot installation tutorial ( linux - windows - mac osx )
making waypoints for podbot_mm. tutorial
Include list


top of useful links
may be edited at any time.
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Old 03-07-2014 , 15:20   Re: Search tutorial
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Very nice tutorial, good job
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Old 03-07-2014 , 16:03   Re: Search tutorial
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Good TuT ANTICHRISTUS
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Old 03-07-2014 , 16:12   Re: Search tutorial
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A tutorial on how to use the search bar.. that's awesome.
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Old 03-08-2014 , 12:24   Re: Search tutorial
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generally I don't answer such comments, and knew that by making such a tutorial I may find myself in an awkward situation. but no, I'm not a fool.
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A tutorial on how to use the search bar.. that's awesome.
did you read the whole tutorial at least, do you know such methods about different type of keywords ? about the special characters part ?
do you browse the requests section ? I made two screenshots to show people how to put correct keywords in the advanced search panel, some of them don't know how to find the wiki, or how to search minutely in amxmodx.org.

by this tutorial, it will be easier for me or any other person to show a part of it, to customize it later, to always refer to the same link rather than writing "search".

finally. I was asking for some new unknown methods, not for such comments.
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Old 03-08-2014 , 21:23   Re: Search tutorial
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ANTICHRISTUS View Post
generally I don't answer such comments, and knew that by making such a tutorial I may find myself in an awkward situation. but no, I'm not a fool.

did you read the whole tutorial at least, do you know such methods about different type of keywords ? about the special characters part ?
do you browse the requests section ? I made two screenshots to show people how to put correct keywords in the advanced search panel, some of them don't know how to find the wiki, or how to search minutely in amxmodx.org.

by this tutorial, it will be easier for me or any other person to show a part of it, to customize it later, to always refer to the same link rather than writing "search".

finally. I was asking for some new unknown methods, not for such comments.
Its the internet, he probably didn't mean any harm. I'm glad you linked RedRobsters tutorial. Anyways, this is an interesting topic.
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Old 03-09-2014 , 10:08   Re: Search tutorial
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Quote:
Originally Posted by ANTICHRISTUS View Post
generally I don't answer such comments, and knew that by making such a tutorial I may find myself in an awkward situation. but no, I'm not a fool.

did you read the whole tutorial at least, do you know such methods about different type of keywords ? about the special characters part ?
do you browse the requests section ? I made two screenshots to show people how to put correct keywords in the advanced search panel, some of them don't know how to find the wiki, or how to search minutely in amxmodx.org.

by this tutorial, it will be easier for me or any other person to show a part of it, to customize it later, to always refer to the same link rather than writing "search".

finally. I was asking for some new unknown methods, not for such comments.
You are right, and i apologize.
The comment wasn't meant to be negative at all, but sort of humorous.
I understand that you have spend a lot of time on creating this tutorial.

Would you like me to remove it?
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Old 03-09-2014 , 11:23   Re: Search tutorial
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Well i think that this willnt help biggest part of people. Biggest part of people knows that there is a button for Search. The biggest part dont search because they are lazy. The only excuse for dont find at search something that exists, is search with wrong keywords. So if people are lazy to search, this willnt help because they will be lazy to read it all.
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Old 03-09-2014 , 16:27   Re: Search tutorial
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Quote:
Originally Posted by DruGzOG View Post
.. I'm glad you linked RedRobsters tutorial.
I added that thread to prevent anyone to do it, it was a kind of defensive strategy.
Quote:
Anyways, this is an interesting topic.
thanks.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Going Dutch View Post
The comment wasn't meant to be negative at all, but sort of humorous.
no one is perfect, but such humour is really destructive, please think about it. also, I was already on the lookout awaiting for some "lol"s and other useless opinions, beware of the dog .
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Would you like me to remove it?
to remove or not to remove, that is the question.
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Originally Posted by Jhob94 View Post
.. [B]if people are lazy to search, this willnt help because they will be lazy to read it all.[/B]
I don't care about them. this thread is for those who may like it, for me (or other persons) to have quick links, instead of writing "search this *keyword* (do not edit please)".
  • some people don't understand or don't really know how to search, the basic part (step by step) is for them.
  • the other part is really interesting, to easily find a sentense in the web, to search using unsupported keywords, special characters, etc.
I don't say my methods are advanced, or unique. but I didn't see any other posts showing people how to use special characters.

another example of my methods: my friends works at GSK, when they upgraded his laptop from windows xp to seven, they formated it... .
I don't format since several years.. any live OS will allow you to access your HDD, remove the whole system files before to reinstall easily. no need to move your gigantic files to another partition/HDD, knowing that will corrupt a lot of data.
how to make a live cd ? "search" in the web for some keywords like live windows, BartPE, ubcd4win, winbuilder, knoppix (linux), etc.
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