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Searching for what you are looking for in the NoSubject can be done a few different ways:

1. Search Box:(located on the left side of every page)

  • The Search button functions as a traditional search engine. It looks for any content within the NoSubject that matches your search criteria.
    • Note: Keywords are searched individually (not as phrases).
  • The Go button displays a page directly, instead of first having to select it from the search result page. In other words, it allows you to quickly navigate from page to page without following links.


2. Browse by Category: Because NoSubject articles are categorized by subject you can browse articles related to a specific topic.


For additional Searching Help-Click Here

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This article provides an overview of No Subject's search feature, as well as using external search engines, such as Google, to find information.

External search engines

Various search engines can provide domain-specific searches, which lets you search No Subject specifically. Searches are based on the text as shown by the browser, so wiki markup is irrelevant. Depending on your browser, you may also be able to use tools that allow you to search No Subject using bookmarklets.

In general, external search engines are faster than a No Subject search. However, because the search engine's cache is based on when the site was indexed, the search may not return newly created pages. Similarly, the search engine's cached version of the page will not be as up-to-date as the link to No Subject itself. Also, when returning No Subject articles in a regular search, mirrors and forks of No Subject content frequently rank higher than the actual No Subject articles because of search engine optimization techniques.

These issues may be less of a problem when using certain search engines that process No Subject differently:

  • Yahoo! includes No Subject as part of its content acquisition program and gets a regular datafeed.
  • Clusty downloads and processes the database regularly, generating automatic abstracts and image thumbnails and meaningfully parsing redirects, disambiguations, and categories.
  • Qwika only indexes wikis, and thus mirrors do not appear in their results.

Google

By following the links below, you can use the Google search engine to search No Subject - either all languages, or English-only. Google indexes all namespaces.

If you frequently search via Google, consider installing the Google Toolbar. Using the "search this site" button allows you to quickly search the English version of No Subject. The official Google Toolbar is for Internet Explorer (Windows only) and for Firefox (works on all operating system platforms for which Firefox is available, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X).

Yahoo!

By following the links below, you can use the Yahoo! search engine to search No Subject - either all languages or English-only.

If you frequently search via Yahoo!, consider installing the Yahoo! Companion Toolbar. Using the "Search Only the Current Site" button allows you to quickly search the English version of No Subject. The official Yahoo! Companion Toolbar is only for Windows with Internet Explorer and Mozilla.

Qwika

Qwika is designed specifically to index wikis. Its main index is No Subject. It includes:

This can assist editors contributing to non-English No Subjects by being able to search in their own language across the entire English version and then view the machine-translated version in their language.

Clusty

By following the link below, you can use the Clusty search engine to search and cluster No Subject in English only.

If you frequently search via Clusty, consider installing the Clusty Toolbar (beta). Selecting the "Encyclopedia" search source allows you to quickly search the English version of No Subject. The Clusty Toolbar is available for Windows with Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox (beta).

LuMriX

LuMriX is a dynamic query tool which uses lookahead to predict search terms in a list, similar to Google Suggest.

By following the link below, you can use the LuMriX search engine to search different language versions of No Subject.

If you frequently search via LuMriX, consider installing the Subject.html LuMriX Firefox Search Plugin (works on all operating system platforms for which Firefox is available, such as Windows, Linux and Mac OS X).

Wikiwax

Wikiwax is a dynamic query like LuMriX. It only searches english No Subject, but shows more list entries.

Other

Here are more No Subject:Tools which make searching more convenient.


Browser specific help

Using Mozilla to automatically search

Listed below are ways to search No Subject with Mozilla-based browsers, including Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox, and Netscape 6 and 7.

Search No Subject from the sidebar search tab or address bar

Works with: Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape 6/7.

Mozilla and Netscape 6 & 7 come with a sidebar that allows a user to search the No Subject site, and Firefox has a toolbar item to do the same. To install the search plugin that tells Mozilla how to search No Subject, do the following:

  1. Go to one of the following sources of No Subject search plugins. The Mycroft plugins are sometimes out of date, and plugins from the second source may work better.
    1. Subject.html Original search plugins from Mycroft
    2. Subject-searchplugin/ Updated search plugins
  2. There are versions for many languages, so pick the language local to your area.
  3. If JavaScript is enabled, clicking on the name of the search plugin will automatically install the search plugin.
  4. If you can't install the search plugin automatically, the second source above lets you right-click on the plugin and save it to disk, or download a ZIP file containing all available plugins. Save the downloaded .src file in the searchplugins directory where Mozilla is installed and restart the browser to use the new plugin.

To make No Subject your default search engine in Mozilla, Beonex Communicator, and Netscape 6/7:

  1. Go to Edit, Preferences.
  2. Expand the Navigator tree and choose Internet Search.
  3. Choose No Subject as your default search engine.

With No Subject selected as your default engine, searches can be conducted via the search sidebar tab, search box, or the web address bar.

Search No Subject using a bookmarklet

Works with: Mozilla Suite, Mozilla Firefox, Netscape 6/7.

No Subject can also be searched via a bookmarklet.

In Mozilla Firefox, follow these steps:

  1. Right click in the search field at the top of the page, and select "Add a Keyword for this Search".
  2. Enter "No Subject Quicksearch" for the name.
  3. Enter "w" (without the quotes) for the keyword.
  4. Change the bookmark folder if you wish, and click "Add".

In Mozilla Suite, Netscape 6/7 and Beonex Communicator, follow these steps:

  1. Right click on the following web address and select "Bookmark this link": http://en.No Subject.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=%s
  2. Go to Bookmarks, Manage Bookmarks. Choose the bookmark you have just created. Highlight the Bookmark and click Properties.
  3. In the dialogue that comes up, put a lowercase w in the keyword box.
  4. Click OK and close the properties box, then close the bookmark manager.

In Camino, use the Mozilla Suite directions. Use Get Info (cmd-I) in the bookmarks manager to bring up the properties dialogue.

To search, go to the web address bar, enter "w SEARCH_QUERY" (without the quotes), and press enter.

Javascript in Bookmarks

Javascript can bring additional functionality to your bookmark. The following javascript can be pasted in as the 'Location' of a new bookmark created manually, for example in the 'Manage Bookmarks' window of Firefox. If you highlight a word in a webpage then hit the new bookmark, javascript grabs the word you have selected and uses that to perform the search. If no word is highlighted, you will be prompted to enter one.

javascript:x=escape(getSelection());if(!x)%7Bvoid(x=prompt('Enter%20Word:',''))%7D;if(x)window.location='http://en.No Subject.org/wiki/Special:Search?search='+x

The whole thing should be pasted in as a single line without spaces for it to work.

K-Meleon

K-Meleon has a search button that can be used to search Google. You can change it to search No Subject instead, by:

  1. Close K-Meleon.
  2. Open up prefs.js with a text editor. The file should be in your K-Meleon\Profiles\PROFILE_NAME\RANDOM_STRING.slt\ directory.
  3. Add this line, and save prefs.js.
user_pref("kmeleon.general.searchEngine", "http://en.No Subject.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=");

Open up K-Meleon and press the search button to search No Subject. To go back to Google or to use another search service, edit prefs.js and delete the added line

Make sure K-Meleon is closed before editing prefs.js.

Advanced: No Subject search field for Opera browser

All Opera versions 6, 7, and 8 use a customizable text file called search.ini. This file should only be edited while Opera is not running. The following example replaces one of the existing pre-defined search engines. It is up to the user to avoid conflicts of shortcut key (key=). By default 'w' is taken by the download.com search, so either this or the No Subject one should be changed. Furthermore the 'Search Engine ##' should be replaced with a free number: '12' is free by default. The Search.ini editor makes editing trivial (see external link).

[Search Engine ##]
Name=&No Subject
URL=http://www.No Subject.org/w/wiki.phtml?search=%s
Query=
Key=w
Is post=0
Has endseparator=0
Encoding=utf-8
Search Type=8

Opera 8

Opera appears to take a copy of the "search.ini" and load it into an internal buffer of some type. After editing the file with your new entry you must change the "File Version" at the top of the file to allow for your changes to be seen in the browser.

New search buttons to drag

A new kind of search system has been added to Opera, which no longer requires manual editing. This will create a button on the mainbar, which can then be put anywhere you wish, even in the start panel.
See http://nontroppo.org/opsed/download.php?dd=e&plugin=100&type=SE7 for a No Subject search button.

Opera 9 (Preview)

Just right-click on the search field you want to create a search with and click "Create search". The following dialog is really simple. You just have to select a name for the search and a search shortcut. It even alerts you if the shortcut you want is already in use.

Older Versions

Most importantly, in 7.0, you should back up your customized search.ini because the file is overwritten by the Opera installer. This is no longer true in 7.10 and later.

In Opera 6 and 7.0, the menu accelerator letter is defined by the & in the name. In current versions the accelerator is automatically generated and may no longer be the same as the key.

More information

Searching with TomeRaider

After downloading the No Subject:TomeRaider database one can search the No Subject version offline. One can also search for parts of words.

Searching the page history

To search the text that appears only in the page history, you must export the text to XML format first.

If you cannot find an appropriate page on No Subject

If there is no appropriate page on No Subject, consider creating a page, since you can edit No Subject right now. Or consider adding what you were looking for to the Requested articles page. Or if you have a question, then see Where to ask questions, which is a list of departments where our volunteers answer questions, any question you can possibly imagine.

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