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Old 10-01-2017, 05:00 PM
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Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

I find the option to "Find all posts by" when you click on a users name here on WC, or to use the advanced search to "Search by user name" - to often be helpful when looking for information on various topics or for looking for one of my own posts that I did not set any notification for. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. I am guessing it doesn't work about 25% of the time for me.

When it doesn't, this error message is displayed:

Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms.

Is there any known cause why that is so? I only found one thread where that question was back back in 2012 and no answer was given.

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If any of you are also having problems with this WC feature, there is a way around it. Simply use the Google site: search function from google.com. You can also use this to find very specific information that you may not be able to otherwise. Below is how you type in a site search looking for the word Dibond in google for the entire WC forum. For a particular user, substitute their exact user name for the word Dibond in the text below. You can try it with and without the quotes for varied results, especially if the search if for a phrase rather than a particular word or user name.

site:www.wetcanvas.com/forums "dibond"

Using the search above in Google produces 403 hits.

When trying to use the Google site: function on an individual forum, it does not work correctly for some reason. There are numerous posts in the Oil painting / The Technical Forum that refer to Dibond, but using the search as shown below, which is the address for The Technical Forum, only produces three results, so you are basically stuck with searching all the WC forums in order to be able to find what is really there if the search on WC is not working for you.

site:www.wetcanvas.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=491 "dibond"

Using the search above only produced 3 hits. If you use the "Search this forum" option on WC produced 53 hits. Though several times when I tried that it said

Sorry - no matches. Please try some different terms.

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Old 10-02-2017, 07:19 AM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

It doesn't take much to throw the wc search off. I use Google Advanced search if I know what I am looking for.

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Old 10-03-2017, 12:25 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

Thanks Doug.
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:04 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

This is still an issue and really frustrating if I want to go see someone's posting patterns. (Figuring out where they are coming from, what kind of art they like to do, see advice history if I like their advice.) That issue is not resolved by Google.

The fact that it sometimes works and sometimes doesn't just to click the "see all posts by user" link is particularly maddening. Is there any tech support for this kind of issue or is it just shrug it's broken forever?
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Old 08-30-2018, 12:24 PM
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Well, as it happens a new techie has been appointed by F+W and is dealing with site hacks and problems. I'll raise it with him.

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Old 08-30-2018, 01:49 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

Can you give an example of it not working properly (like a username that isn't showing results but has posts or something)? When I search posts by user name with gement or contumacious, it shows results.
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Old 08-30-2018, 01:59 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

It seems to be an intermittent problem. Any example guys?

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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

so true I'm back here after two years and trying to search certain common topics i know have to have been talked about before ie canvas stretched vs panels and I couldnt get the search to really find any
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Old 08-30-2018, 05:14 PM
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Use Google Advanced search with wetcanvas.com as the domain, it's quicker and can find 3 letter words such as ink, pen, WIP etc which the wetcanvas search can't do. I can't understand why they don't use a tailored google search on wetcanvas.


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Old 08-30-2018, 05:39 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

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It seems to be an intermittent problem. Any example guys?

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Unfortunately, it is so intermittent that the first few times it happened for me, it only happened on the "threads started by" link and never on "all posts by", so I thought that was the pattern until it started doing it entirely randomly mix and match.

Today, for example, I couldn't look up either my posts or my threads (on my phone).

Then just now I could look up my posts on my laptop! Just tested on my phone again, it's still broken there. Truly random.
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

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Unfortunately, it is so intermittent that the first few times it happened for me, it only happened on the "threads started by" link and never on "all posts by", so I thought that was the pattern until it started doing it entirely randomly mix and match.

Today, for example, I couldn't look up either my posts or my threads (on my phone).

Then just now I could look up my posts on my laptop! Just tested on my phone again, it's still broken there. Truly random.

When you guys say intermittent, do you mean it will happen when searching one results, but not another? Or do you mean you'll search one results (which will bring up something), and then re-search the same and it won't?

For your phone, did you look up the same thing as on your laptop? Maybe the problem is related to running the forums on mobile/phones? Or have you had problems on laptop as well?
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Old 08-31-2018, 12:18 PM
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When you guys say intermittent, do you mean it will happen when searching one results, but not another? Or do you mean you'll search one results (which will bring up something), and then re-search the same and it won't?

For your phone, did you look up the same thing as on your laptop? Maybe the problem is related to running the forums on mobile/phones? Or have you had problems on laptop as well?

Same searches, from site-generated links, on any and all devices in any combination. The two kinds of search that are not reproducible by Google Custom Search are all threads by user and all posts by user, as available from the user's name menu in a post.

Either or both of them may start returning zero results at any time on any device. I presume the mismatch where it worked on laptop but kept being broken on my phone yesterday was because of device caching but cannot sure. I have occasionally reloaded ten minutes later and had it work.

Edit: I vanity check my own name's links on a pretty regular basis, and definitely a lot yesterday, if you're looking at server logs for activity on specific links.

Edit edit: I checked both links JUST NOW on my laptop and posts is broken but threads is working. So you can use those server hits for comparison if you can find them.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/sear...earchid=189079 works
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/sear...earchid=188924 broken

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Old 08-31-2018, 12:31 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

And here I am from my phone five minutes later, both broken.

http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/sear...earchid=188910
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/sear...earchid=188432
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Old 09-01-2018, 02:22 PM
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Re: Find all posts by and Search by user name are sporadic

Both are working from my laptop this morning.
http://www.wetcanvas.com/forums/sear...earchid=189341
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