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Heading For Posts!

Newbies, tired of being told by the old contributors on BP to search for specific details on a topic, but you can't find it?

Seasoned members, tired of repeating thins over and over because new folks won't search enough to ask a specific question, or just need to keep hammering away on the same thing?

Well, I fell dumb. I've had to say things over and over for years, I think I have a solution.

If someone is interested in searching what a member may have said on a topic, they can go to that members profile.

They can see the recent posts, they can then go to all posts.

Problem is, only the first few words are seen of those posts, anyone searching can't see if the post is on a specific aspect of a topic, if it has details or if it's just some off the wall stab at humor. Waste of time searching there.

So, I'm going to start using a post heading, as I did above!

I'll give the topic (some are not on topic specific to the thread title) and I'm going to say "details" if there is what I feel something of value (yes, IMO) it might say "DETAILS-Finance" meaning absolutely important about a financing angle, something so anyone searching can locate something specific to them.

That should help others who try to search specific opinions by any member (if other members will use some heading).

It's going to help me, as I may reply " my posts in the past week, this was covered" if they are interested they can search it, if not, oh well, but I'm not repeating the same old thing on a topic every time someone asks "How do I do a Sub-To Deal?"

Thoughts, comments, that's my solution, any suggestions?  :))  

Hey @Bill Gulley  ,

I think it's a fantastic idea!  There is a wealth of knowledge and information on these forums, but sometimes it can be a lot to filter through.  Thank you!

I think that's a great idea. I have a terrible time with search for some reason. I know I've read about a certain topic before, but a search on it turns up a ton of unrelated things, and often doesn't include the particular post I'm looking for. Frustrating.

Instead of searching using the BP search, you can actually use Google search.  It's much better.  (Obviously BP isn't Google and therefore can't steal their technology for their search engine.)

In Google, type what you're looking for, then type

"1031 exchange"

That should help you find the results you want even better than the BP search.

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Dawn, very good tip, didn't know that. That can take you to topics, maybe if you included more it would better define the search.

My problem is repeating myself and for those following a member, they can better see what J. Scott or Jon Holman or Steve or Dion or Bryan has to say.....if the use a header at the beginning of their posts.

I'm going to, we will see if it makes a difference, I'm sure it will for me.

I'll also try your suggestion, great tip! Thanks :)

@Bill Gulley  just revealed my search secret :) Only it's not so secret since I've previously posted that a bunch of times. But even then you still have to have a good idea of the specific words you are seeking, because common real estate words show up all over the BP site. 

BTW - I usually am only looking for forum posts, so I make the search a bit more specific by adding "forums" to that, like this:

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