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  • '+' - A leading plus means this word must be present in ever row returned
  • '-' - A leading minus means this word must not be present in the row returned
  • '( )' - Parentheses are used to group words into subexpressions. Parenthesized groups can be nested.
  • '< >' - These two operators are used to change a word's contribution to the relevance value that is assigned to a row. The > operator increases the contribution and the < operator decreases it. See the example below.
  • '~' - A leading tilde acts as a negation operator, causing the word's contribution to the row relevance to be negative. It's useful for marking noise words. A row that contains such a word is rated lower than others, but is not excluded altogether, as it would be with the '-' operator.
  • '"' - A phrase that is enclosed within double quote ('"') characters matches only rows that contain the phrase literally, as it was typed.
  • '*' - A asterik is a wildcard and is used to mean anything.

Please note that the apostrophees (') are not to be included. Here are some examples:

  • apple banana - Find rows that contain at least one of the two words.
  • +apple +juice - Find rows that contain both words.
  • +apple macintosh - Find rows that contain the word "apple", but rank rows higher if they also contain "macintosh".
  • +apple +(>turnover <strudel) - Find rows that contain the words "apple" and "turnover", or "apple" and "strudel" (in any order), but rank "apple turnover" higher than "apple strudel"
  • apple* - Find rows that contain words such as "apple", "apples", "applesauce", or "applet".
  • "some words" - Find rows that contain the exact phrase "some words" (for example, rows that contain "some words of wisdom" but not "some noise words"). Note that the '"' characters that surround the phrase are operator characters that delimit the phrase. They are not the quotes that surround the search string itself.

Access Keys:

To help you navigate around this web site using the keyboard, we have enabled the access key functionality. Most borwsers support access keys, which allow you to navigate to specified links using a keyboard combination.

Access Key Map:

  • Access Key 0- Go to Homepage
  • Access Key 1- Go to Themes
  • Access Key 2- Go to Games
  • Access Key 3- Go to Links
  • Access Key 4- Go to About
  • Access Key 5- Go to Contact
  • Access Key 6- Go to Help
  • Access Key 7- Go to Members
  • Access Key 8- Go to Search
  • Access Key 8- Go to Profile
  • Access Key 9- Go to Login

How to use Access keys:

  • Internet Explorer 4 - press 'ALT' and access key.
  • Internet Explorer 5+ - press 'ALT' and access key, then press ENTER.
  • Internet Explorer 4.5 for Mac - does not support access keys.
  • Internet Explorer 5+ for Mac - press 'Control' and access key.
  • Netscape 6+: - press 'ALT' ('Control' for Macintosh) and access key.
  • Earlier versions of Netscape do not support Access Keys.
  • Mozilla - press ALT ('Control' for Macintosh) and access key.
  • Safari (Macintosh) - Hold down the CTRL key and access key.
  • Omniweb (Macintosh) - Hold down the CTRL key and access key.
  • Opera 7.5+ - press SHIFT+ESC, followed by access key.