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How to search for all questions I’ve posted?

Lance Peters | Posted in General Questions on

How do I get a list of ALL questions I’ve posted here on GBA?  Under my profile there’s a short list of recent questions I’ve posted, as well as a list of recent comments, but I can’t find where to look for everything I’ve posted.

I need to refer back to some info I posted a while ago.  Thanks!

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  1. Mark Walker | | #1

    You can try a google search and include site:www.greenbuildingadvisor.com and then include your name in quotes ("lance peters"). The search will be of this site and it will look for your whole name.
    You could also "save" all your posts or the posts you comment on once you find all your posts.

  2. GBA Editor
    Peter Yost | | #2

    Hi Lance -

    Hoping Martin can help you with this one; I know that as an editor I can do a global search on GBA based on your username, but that does not help the rest of the GBA community.

    Peter

  3. GBA Editor
    Martin Holladay | | #3

    Peter,
    If you know how to do a global search for Q&A threads based on the name of the original poster, you're more sophisticated at using the GBA search box than I am. I can't make that happen. I'm an editor, too, and I don't know how to do that. (Frustratingly, the GBA search box does not recognize the use of quotes to indicate two words that need to be searched for as a two-word term.)

    The best I can do is the use Google, searching for "Lance Peters" +"GreenBuildingAdvisor" .

    I've sent an email to GBA's technical expert to try to come up with a suggestion for you, though.

  4. Expert Member
    Dana Dorsett | | #4

    Most web forums have been set up with a "my posts" tab to hit for participants to quickly find their posting history. That would be a useful feature to have on this forum, especially when traffic goes up and the number of new threads per day/week increase. The search function on this site is also fairly mediocre compared to some others.

    Using Google to search for my own responses to threads turns up a bunch of older stuff, but only rarely do threads less than several months (or years) old show up on the first two pages of Google hits.

  5. Lance Peters | | #5

    Thanks for the replies!

    Mark, your suggestion works very well! After poking around a bit, I found the Advanced Search function on Google allows the same functionality as well as adding other options.

    Martin, looking forward to see what GBA's tech staff can come up with.

    Dana, I agree with your assessment. Most other web forums I've used keep an easily accessible history of conversations a user either starts or participates in, sometimes allowing both to be searched separately. To see that added to GBA would be terrific!

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