Help searching the forums please!

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  • #52684

    Vanda
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    Hi everyone.

    I’m having trouble searching for key words in the forum.

    I did read Jacqui’s “how to find things in the forum” post, but I’m feeling a bit silly as I can’t find the “Topic Tags” search thing 🙁

    Vanda

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  • #52690

    Jacqui
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    Aha
    I’ve got a “cheat” for that one too. I discovered that multiple word topic tags are separated by a hyphen, e.g.

    https://www.monarch.org.nz/forum/topic-tag/admiral-2/

    I wanted to see who else had tagged a post with “Blockhouse Bay” so I changed that one above to:

    https://www.monarch.org.nz/forum/topic-tag/Blockhouse-Bay/

    It works. Sadly, however, most people don’t really understand how to use the “tags”. We get people who put sentences in there, like “I am having a hard time with aphids” when “aphids” would be the tag.

    Topic tags allow users to filter between forums and display topics with a specific topic tag. When a user creates a topic they have the ability to add specific tags to quickly explain what a post is about and it also helps users find related topics based on those tags.

    I like to think in terms of going to a library and looking for books containing specific advice. So I might say to the Blockhouse Bay librarian “Do you have some books please that will help me getting rid of aphids on my swan plant?” (bold = topic), the topic tags might help others with the information that is contributed, such as: Blockhouse Bay, swan plant, aphids, spring.

    Each tag needs to be separated with a comma from the next tag.

    Oh and BTW for anyone reading this, you can add new appropriate tags each time you post or reply.

    #52689

    Vanda
    Participant

    Ah yes! I did that too actually (replacing the words in the address bar), but that doesn’t work very well if you want to search multiple words.

    Thanks for the tip Jacqui.

    #52688

    Jacqui
    Moderator

    Hello Vanda

    Well, to be honest, I have problems too… and I cheat. I click on ANY hot tag (to the right here), e.g. aphids. THEN I go up to the address bar where it will say

    https://www.monarch.org.nz/forum/topic-tag/aphids/

    and I carefully remove the word aphids and put in the key word that I’m looking for, e.g.

    https://www.monarch.org.nz/forum/topic-tag/biodiversity/

    Hope that helps! Perhaps others who have had more experience with WordPress know the “right” way to do it.

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