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Jacquilynne | | Jun 29, 2007 07:12 PM

We're very excited to introduce a new version of the Search function on Chowhound. It includes the much requested ability to search and sort by date, as well as other new features like exact phrase searching, AND and NOT, search by username and many more.

You can check it out by entering a search term in the search box at the top right of most pages. Also check out the advanced options for more search possibilities.

We'll be watching for any problems and issues, and fixing them as we can over the next few days. If you find any bugs or have any suggestions, please add them to this thread:

Here some basic information on using the new search from our FAQ:

How do I search for something?
In the search box, enter the keywords you're looking for. You can use exact phrases, as well as Boolean search terms. There are also options for searching just within the title, or for Chowhound posts by specific users or on specific boards. Examples of your options are:

Match a word: armadillos
Match all words: armadillo strip
Match an exact phrase: "armadillo strips"
Match any words: armadillo OR strips
Match one word but not another: armadillo NOT strip

Match only in the title: title:armadillo
Match within a board by name: board:chicago
Match items a user has contributed to: user:"john mose"
Combine commands: armadillo OR wolves NOT strip user:"john mose"

What other options are there for using search?
You can click on More Options on the search results page to refine your results. You have four options:

Between: Enter the dates you want to search. You can use actual dates (Between: 2007-01-01 and 2007-01-31) or use natural language to describe the dates (Between: 1 year ago and last month).

Sorted By: By relevance of your keywords, or by date (newest first or oldest first).

Board Group: Search within a specific subset of the Chowhound boards (all of the New York - area boards, for example) or choose a board group and then choose a specific board.

Board: Limit your search to a single Chowhound board.

-- Jacquilynne, Community Manager for Chowhound

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