Better way to filter searches?

This isn't actually a Storyline question, but I posted it on 5/14 in General Discussions and it wasn't resolved, so I thought I'd try here.

Is there a way to filter searches, maybe with Boolean expressions? There are 2 things I'd like to be able to do:

  1. Search Through my Own Posts
    There are times that questions come up that could be solved by responses I know I've given, but I've found no way to quickly find these. Keyword searching rarely uncovers them, so I resort to browsing through my replies. I've seen the link to "Threads with posts by you", but this again involves browsing. 
  2. Filter out responses
    That is, I'd like to be able to JUST look up Q&A's relevant to Presenter or Storyline

Hope that's clear..

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Jill McNair

Hi Rebecca,

As far as I know, this isn't possible.  It would be great if advanced search functionality was on the list of features for the next forum upgrade.

This is not elegant, but one potential work-around is using your email as the search engine (IF your email allows you to search your inbox).  Here's how:

  1. Subscribe to areas of the forum that you are interested in (look for the "Forum subscriptions' link below the 'Write a New Post' button).
  2. Set up a folder in your email that you direct all emails from heroes@articulate to.
  3. Search your email when you need to find something.

I know that this will not be appealing to many because of the huge volume of mail it would generate, but I did this during the Storyline beta and I was almost always able to find exactly what I was looking for quickly and easily.

Perhaps it's worth a try - if you don't like it - just go back and change your forum subscriptions from Yes to No.

Hope this helps!

Jill

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Jill, you and I would work well together. We clearly have similar organizational styles. I'd already begun doing that, but it frankly wasn't the solution I was hoping for. I DO appreciate your reply, though.

Do you know where we could request this as a forum upgrade? Would it be at the standard feature request URL?

TX again!

Rebecca Fleisch Cordeiro

Gabe, I tried a couple times a few hours ago. Stopped, tried again just now, both with FF 12.0 and IE 9.0.6. Same error message each time:

I haven't exited/restarted FF...too busy and too  many tabs open! I DID exit, relaunch IE to no avail. I've NOT emptied cache/cookies and not rebooted PC. Need to stop now (husband may divorce me otherwise )

Can you submit this request for me. I'm afraid it will get lost in my TO DO pile. If not, not worries. Just let me know:

I'd like to be able to filter searches on the forum, maybe with Boolean expressions. There are 2 things I'd like to be able to do:

SEARCH THROUGH MY OWN POSTS
There are times that questions come up that could be solved by responses I know I've given, but I've found no way to quickly find these. Keyword searching rarely uncovers them, so I resort to browsing through my replies. I've seen the link to "Threads with posts by you", but this again involves browsing.

FILTER OUT RESPONSES
That is, I'd like to be able to JUST look up Q&A's relevant to Presenter or Storyline, or any individual app without coming up with all the extraneous and irrelevant information.

Gabe Anderson

Thanks for bringing this to our attention, Rebecca. I just did some testing and figured out that the issue is related to the ampersand (&amp in the text (apologies if you receive several feature request confirmation emails, but I did eventually get your actual request submitted when I removed the ampersand).

I'll log this issue for our development team to address.

Thanks again for the feature suggestion and for inadvertently discovering this issue with our form!