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    Excluding "Signatures" from searches

    I'm trying to search the forum for any information on a Bush Hog "Squealer" mower. I'm getting a ton of results!!

    But, a huge majority of the results are because a certain user who will go nameless (but he could be called Coaltrain! ) has the words "Bush Hog Squealer" in his signature file.... which becomes part of the post.

    Is there any way to exclude the signatures from the search? The system must recognize the signature since it's excluded when you quote a post.

    Or, if I can talk Coaltrain into temporarily removing that from his signature, will that change - and therefore exclude - that text from all his historical posts?
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    I removed it - see if it works properly now.
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    I don't believe there is any way to exclude signatures but... standard Google search criteria applies to site searches too.

    So, for example, you are searching on "squealer" and a specific user's signature line comes up you can exclude that user.

    If the user you want to exclude is me (why would ANYONE want to exclude ME?!?!?) you could search on "squealer -JimR" and that would give you every post that includes "squealer" minus my posts. Just put a minus sign directly in front of whatever you want to exclude.
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    Or....go to settings and temporarily add the member to your "ignore" list.

    Might work idk
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    Click on Advanced Search, put Bush Hog Squealer in the Keywords search, hit Search.
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    This reminds me of the aggravation I go through when I search Craigslist for something. All the tractor dealers add irrelevant key words to the end of their ads. I could search for "landscape rake" and I'll end up with 400 tractor ads.


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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I removed it - see if it works properly now.
    THANKS, Stan!!

    Kind of interesting results. It still showed up in all of the search results as seen below...
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    But, I went back a week or so in your posting history, and it's out of your signature, even on the older posts....
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    Not that I'd ever want to exclude you, Stan, but I think I will see if I can do what was suggested and exclude your username from the search results. But I'll do that in the morning because I need to get back to fixing dinner right now.

    I do appreciate you taking the trouble to remove that from your sig file! You're a pretty good guy!
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    I’ve been thinking about selling the brush hog - maybe this is my omen to do so now that it isn’t in my signature anymore.....
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    You can put it back in your sig.

    Just to follow up... what I did was search on "squealer -48". That excluded your posts.

    Interestingly, even after you changed your sig, it still kept showing up in the searches. Not sure if I had waited a day or so if if would have changed or not.

    Sent by Tapatalk using the tiny keyboard on my phone. That explains the typos!
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    Quote Originally Posted by mark02tj View Post
    You can put it back in your sig.

    Just to follow up... what I did was search on "squealer -48". That excluded your posts.

    Interestingly, even after you changed your sig, it still kept showing up in the searches. Not sure if I had waited a day or so if if would have changed or not.

    Sent by Tapatalk using the tiny keyboard on my phone. That explains the typos!
    The reason it continued to show up is because Google comes through every now and then and loads up the pages and indexes them. The contents of the search won't change until they come back and reread it again. It can take days or weeks till that happens.

    That's why I suggested the Advanced Search method, which most likely is tied to the database on GTT that actually serves the content and appears to only search the posts contents.

    All's well that ends well, though.

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