I continue to struggle with the search feature of this FORUM. Whether I use FireFox or Internet Explorer I get the same error message:
http://www.mtfca.com/cgi-bin/discus/board-search.cgi from 188.8.131.52
/cgi-bin/discus/search.cgi 500 - internal error
Our 500 message
Chris Brancaccio - 2013
Mozilla/5.0 (Windows NT 6.1; WOW64; rv:44.0) Gecko/20100101 Firefox/44.0
Anyone else having issues and if not, what browser are you using?
You are not alone...
Along with a wonderful life, in a (for now) free society, we humans have to carry the burden of a body that sometimes suffers illness, disease, or accidents. On balance, I cannot imagine being in a better place.
Our Forum is somewhat like us and our Planet...for the most part, things are good, but there are unfortunate weather events and other things that make life challenging.
Having given you the preface, let me say that I seldom use the Forum search feature anymore. Say what you will about the Forum, antique that it may be - it's like the Model T - it works, and it continues to work well if you learn it's quirks.
Yes, people want to go to a different Forum operation. I don't. Nor do I want to live on Mars, or the moon - this Forum is great...just don't use the search feature.
Whatever you want to know, ask Mr. Google. There are apparently an endless number of geeks who continually feed information to Mr. Google, and he, in turn readily dispenses it to all who ask!
Whatever you want to know, put into as few words as necessary to ask your question in the "Google search box" AND put the letters MTFCA at the end of those words, and you should get numerous replies - some of which may be just what you want to know.
put into the search box the following (without the quotes):
How to start a Model T MTFCA
I pretty much do what Dave does except I put mtfca.com at the end to limit the search, for example "radiator repair mtfca.com" without the quotes. Also the method works not only with Google, but other search engines as well, and is fast.
The main problem with the forum search engine is that it gets overloaded with hits very easily since there are so many old threads now with more than 10 years forum discussions searchable. If you get more than 500 hits or whatever the exact number, then it crashes like described in the first post.
Years ago you could go around that by being specific by using several words, but that'll rarely work today - so now you may instead restrict the search in time to a specific forum year, or with the recent postings function where you can narrow the search to a certain number of days before today. That's the only way I'm using the forum search - it's when I know I'm searching for a recent thread, since Google doesn't have that feature
Google does have a feature that allows you to search for recent entries. Do your regular Google search, then click on the icon circled in red below. An "advanced search" menu will appear that will allow you to specify the language, time span, and other properties of your search. Select the features you want, then scroll to the bottom and click "search".
Trying again, resizing the screenshot to fit in the page:
What I do is type what I'm looking for in the search box then go down to the 'search topic' box and select a year,say 2015 to render down the choices.I've had the same problem and found this works most of the time.I use Mozilla Firefox.
Thanks Mark for the Google lesson
In their strive to keep their page clean, they have hidden so many useful features..
This is useful.
So why is it marked 'OT'?
Reminds me of what my son always says... "GTS"
(Google that S__t)