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My apologies if this is a redundant post--I've searched the HB and
found similar ideas, but nothing this simple and straightforward.
Let's say you want to check out the profile page of a 'Baker who
hasn't been around in awhile; you can't remember their email, or
there was something funny in
their profile and you can't remember
the exact wording, whatever. Instead of hunting through old posts
trying to find one of theirs, or one they annotated (what _is_ the
past tense of 'anno', anyway?), you could just type their username
into the profile search and Presto!, there they are.
All the other ideas along this vein seem overcomplicated or not in
keeping with HB philosophy--suggesting profile annos, ranking
systems, heirarchical bs, etc.
I don't really expect this one to fly, considering it would mean more
work for our exalted leaders and would further complicate one of
the most beautifully simple secret grottoes of the Internet. But I
just thought I'd run it up the flagpole.
E.g. searching for your username, [alterother]
the URL here is encoded, but is the same format as in my anno [swimswim, Oct 16 2011, last modified Oct 18 2011]
||Include the "site:" search operator in a Google search
and it should do the trick. So your Google search box
would include the following:
||...Including as many searchTerms as you like.
||Is this what you're looking for? It's not embeded in the
||who are you trying to stalk ?
||//who are you trying to stalk ? //
||Actually, I didn't have anyone particular in mind. It just
sort of occurred to me out of the blue.
||Thanks, [swimswim]. I'll try it.
||I don't get it. When you type in a user name in the search thingy, you get links to their idea and can just click on the name right there and be directed to the profile. Easy and fast.
||For some reason it doesn't always work that way. For
example, you may get the most recent mentions of that
user's name by other 'Bakers, or a hit on a post that has an
anno of theirs halfway down a thread as long as your arm.
Yes, you can get where you want to go, but I'm suggesting
a shorter route. Since [swimswim]'s suggested method
appears to work quite well (I've given it a half-dozen test
runs using names of 'Bakers past), mine appears to be
moot, but I'm game to sit here and hash it out anyway.
||The internal search results are sorted by number of
occurrences of the search term. For those
halfbakers who don't incessantly talk about
themselves in the third person on their homepage,
that may not be the best possible order. Maybe I
should just artifically move the user page (if you're
searching for the name) to the top of the list?
||Probably not, since [The Alterother] is one of the worst of
those obnoxious bores. At least he refers to himself in the
||Like I said, I really wasn't looking for anyone in particular,
it's just something I've noticed in the past... Actually, I
think it was when I was trying to find your profile, [jutta],
in order to read a quote from your famous collection to
The Good Fairy Jenny. It took me longer than fifteen
seconds to find it, which is just damned inconvenient.
||good god, now I've read it all...
||FWIW, the difference is that the Google method
searches profile pages exclusively, either for the
username _or_ for content on profile pages. Moving
the profile page to the top of the HB search results, as
Jutta suggested, accompishes the profile-by-username
lookup but not the exclusive searching of profile page
contents. Meh -- I can't imagine there would be many
people searching profile page content anyway.