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While searching on a Codidact site, you have several options to help refine your search and make it easier to find what you're looking for. Searching will search all posts across that site, including Questions, Answers, Meta posts, and whatever other post types your site may have.
Basic keyword searching
Let's say you want to search for the term
snake oil. You have a few basic options:
If you put the text
snake oilinto the searchbox, Codidact will find all posts that contain either the word
exact search (quote marks)
If you include quote marks around your search term, such as
"snake oil", Codidact will find all posts that contain exactly the phrase
keyword search (plus symbol)
If you search for
+snake +oil, Codidact will find all posts that contain both the words
excluding words (minus symbol)
If you want to search for
snakebut exclude the word
oilfrom your results, you can do a search for
snake -oil. Codidact will find posts that contain the word
snakebut do not have the word
Filtering by score and age
It's possible to filter your search to only include results that have been posted within a certain timeframe, or match certain score requirements.
You can use
<= with these options to search for ranges. By default, a value without an operator looks for an exact match. For example,
upvotes:4 searches for exactly 4;
upvotes:>=4 searches for at least 4.
filtering by post score
Codidact uses Wilson scoring to help in sorting posts. (To learn more about how this works, see /help/scoring for a detailed explanation.) Every post has a score between 0.0 and 1.0. To use this in search, you can use
score:>=0.5to filter your search to only include posts with a score of at least 0.5.
filtering by votes
If you want to filter by the raw votes that a post has, you can use
votes:5to find posts where the net votes (upvotes minus downvotes) of a post equals 5 or
votes:>=5for votes of 5 or more.
filtering by upvotes and downvotes
If you search for
upvotes:4, Codidact will find posts that have received exactly 4 upvotes, irrespective of how many downvotes the post has. Likewise, if you search for
downvotes:4, Codidact will find posts that have received exactly 4 downvotes without taking upvotes into consideration.
downvotes:<4will find posts that have received fewer than four downvotes total).
filtering by number of answers
If you want to find posts with
answers:n. This is particularly helpful to find unanswered questions:
answers:<5shows posts with fewer than five answers.
filtering by creation date
If you want to only find posts that have been written within a certain timeframe, you can use the
created:<1wwill find all posts created less than a week ago, where
created:>1wwill find only posts older than a week. You can use
mofor month, and
Filtering by tag, user, category, or post type
filtering by tag
To filter for all posts with the tag
snake, use the
tag:snakeoperator. To exclude all posts with the tag
filtering by user
If you want to search for posts written by a particular user you will need to know their unique user number for the community. This can be found by looking at their profile URL. You can then use
xxxxis the unique user number you are interested in.
filtering by category
To filter by category, you will need to know the unique numeric ID for that category. This can be found by looking at the URL shown when you click to view all posts in a particular category. Use the formatting
category:xxxxto apply this filter.
filtering by post type
If you want to restrict your search to a particular post type, type
post_type:into the search bar, and a dropdown menu should show the available post types to search. Note that not all communities may use all post types.
If you search with an asterisk (
*) at the end of a word, such as
snake*, Codidact will find all posts that contain words beginning with the letters
snake, including words such as
snakeskin. (This does not work at the beginning of a word; only the end.)
results for either one of two words
Searching with parentheses will allow you to search for a keyword, and either one of two other words. For instance,
+oil +(snake palm)will find posts that contain the word
oiland either the word
When searching with multiple keywords, you can weigh different keywords separately. Using a tilde before a word will lower that word's weight, and have Codidact sort results with that keyword more towards the back. For instance,
+snake ~oilwill find all posts that contain the word
snake, but rank the results that also contain the word
If you're searching with parentheses, you can rank words within those parentheses differently.
+snake +(>skin <oil)will find all posts that contain
oil, but will rank results that contain
skinhigher than the results that contain