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#1517685 - 03/04/11 04:51 PM BOL Threads
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I love BOL. I think it would be hard to do my job without it. But I wonder if I am missing something. When I try to do a search on a topic in the threads, it seems like there is no rhyme or reason to what it brings up. I sometimes read something and then later want to go back and find it and the only way I ever find it is to go back through all the threads in that forum. I wish there was an easier way to find questions and answers on certain topics.
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#1517708 - 03/04/11 05:10 PM Re: BOL Threads JUST CALL ME CRA
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You can mark a top in your Watch List.

To search, I never use BOLs search engine, it is terrible. I use the advance search features of Google to find items.
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#1517709 - 03/04/11 05:11 PM Re: BOL Threads DD Regs
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Oh, and I agree, my job would be MUCH MUCH harder without my BOL friends.
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#1517752 - 03/04/11 05:47 PM Re: BOL Threads DD Regs
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I actually do not think the search feature are all that bad. Just be sure to always use the 'advanced' search option, not just the dropdown box, and be sure to select the forurms yuou are most inclined to find your answer. Also, be sure to use good search terms and don't be too general.

i.e. if looking for information on the validity of a change of circumstance based on an appraisal, don't do a search on "appraisal", but instead search the RESPA thread with the criteria "+change +appraisal", or something that will assist in targeting in on key words.

I actually find it to be pretty robust considering the volume of posts out there. Also keep in mind, if you feel you are getting a lot of repetitive garbage, it is usually due to the fact that people are failing to spend the time to learn how to use the search engine, and are simply reposting the same questions time after time again, only to get the same responses that our fellow users have already posted before.
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#1517761 - 03/04/11 05:57 PM Re: BOL Threads #Just Jay
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I agree JJ. Very well put.
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#1518044 - 03/05/11 03:08 AM Re: BOL Threads TB 12
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I have tried the advanced search, all I know is that I have searched words and got absolutely no response, when I know the thread or subject is out there. crazy

Fortunately, some one put me onto the Google advanced search idea, So I use Google and it works better for me. smile
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#1518045 - 03/05/11 03:23 AM Re: BOL Threads DD Regs
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under advanced search be sure to check the box that shows you part of the thread. Then you don't have to open everyone to see if it'll help you or not.

Also, if you have an inkling who might respond, put their name in the poster box. I'll have to try the google search sometime so I have a back up when BOL doesn't work.

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#1518140 - 03/07/11 02:47 PM Re: BOL Threads Truffle Royale
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I always use the advanced search rather than just putting something in the search box. That way you can pick a thread category and choose how far back you want to search.
I think it was Dan that once suggested using "" around the phrase you were searching as well.
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#1518400 - 03/07/11 08:36 PM Re: BOL Threads Mrs. Rizzo
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Under the General Discussion Forum, there is a "How to perform a Search" thread stickied. It is very helpful and explains how to use the search function correctly.

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#1518463 - 03/07/11 09:44 PM Re: BOL Threads villenbe
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I rarely have a problem with the advanced search feature on BOL.
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#1518471 - 03/07/11 10:00 PM Re: BOL Threads RR Joker
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OK, so I am "Special", it doesn't work for me. I have used the advanced and followed the instruction from the General Discussion thread. But I find it seldom if ever gets the results I need fast enough. Google works for me. smile
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#1518679 - 03/08/11 03:32 PM Re: BOL Threads DD Regs
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The advantage of Google is that you can easily search the entire BOL web site.

If you begin your search with: site:bankersonline.com your search will be limited to the bankersonline.com domain.

Here is an example:

site:bankersonline.com "RESPA"

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