I like to keep up on stuff about Purism, but I am not interested in the Librem 5, or in cell phones. However, this is the single most popular topic, making it very difficult to see anything but. At first, I thought I’d just keep up on all the categories but the phone but realized I’d need to open 10 or so browser tabs.
As a workaround, I tried several common negation options in search: “-phone”, “NOT phone”, “~(phone)”, “!(phone)” but they all searched for “phone”. Is there a way to do boolean operations in search, or regular expressions?
Sorry to be picky but I don’t think it does illustrate that. It is showing one category that happens to be a category-and-subcategory and for some reason on your device has an unusual layout. (Window width?)
I actually still have found no way using the GUI to select multiple categories e.g. select Site Feedback and select General security & privacy chat, which the obvious intention that they are “ored” together (when in fact I don’t think it will work anyway because they will be “anded” together).
You can actually just type in multiple categories (or paste them in) to the search command box at the top of the window. It doesn’t “work” though.
Seems you’re correct. I just tried it, too.
My partial screen grabs probably look different due to the FF extension that adjusts font size and opacity for me.
Back to the OP, maybe the best option is to just use the browser search engine and Boolean parameters and limit the search to this site. (Hopefully without getting a lot of “Buy Forums Purism now!” “Cheapest General Privacy and Security!” “Get a deal on Infrastructure!” )
Indeed that is the reason that I did not suggest that, even though it is offered directly by the forum software (much to my chagrin).
Whether any particular external search engine supports boolean logic is an open question. It is not something that I have spent a lot of time investigating.
But if the OP can find an external search engine that is
a) trustworthy, and
b) supports boolean logic
then that could be an option.
I don’t think it will work very well though.
By using an internal search, you could (implicitly) specify something like category != "xyz" and it will be explicitly implemented. The functionality if it existed would work!
With an external search engine you are just hoping that the right text does and does not appear in the web page (with occasional additional features that may help and occasional additional smarts that may help). So if you exclude anything mentioning “Librem 5” in an attempt to exclude that category then
a) you could miss out on a page in General chat if the page happens to mention Librem 5 i.e. just one post on the page mentions it in passing, and
b) regardless you will get any discussion of Librem 5 that just abbreviates the product name to L5 (which is lots of posts) - so you need to work a bit harder.
Just tried “-intitle:5” which gave me just this post (?) so I tried “-intitle:foo” which gave me nothing (?!?)… this seems altogether broken. (And the URL is “https://forums.puri.sm/search?q=-intitle%3Afoo” so I assume that means it’s trying to search the whole forum.)
I think you lost the thread there. That syntax is for using some external search engines.
The point is: I’ve said (on a quick look), no, the forum software just can’t do this. So then it was suggested to use an external search engine instead, but that of course raises the question as to what syntax would even get the desired result with an external search engine.
Of course an external search engine shouldn’t be able to pick up Round Table at all, so that would be one negative of going down that road (compared with using the forum’s own search engine).
My browsers are quite “locked down” as far as tracker/ad-blocking, and I turn off “promotional” results in Startpage, but this kind of crap still shows up in the main results from time to time. (Not unique to Startpage, of course.)
To accomplish the task of not seeing what you don’t want to see, maybe look into building a Greasemonkey script instead? I’ve not messed with Greasemonkey in a long time, but when I did it was great for hiding things on forums.
I’m like @jasonolshefsky. If, And, Or, Else, Equal, None, would be a logical way.
By depending on a search engine or Google to find something specific in the Forum depends on whether or not the Admin makes areas available or not, and like @jasonolshefsky pointed out, timing is against us.