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The Link Machine - lazy's JC fanfic thread search program

Discussion in 'Fan Fiction and Writing Resource' started by lazykbys_left, Nov 10, 2006.

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  1. lazykbys_left

    lazykbys_left Jedi Padawan star 4

    Feb 17, 2005
    This is a lite (fanfic only) version of the program I use to find JC threads. It only works for thread titles and the users who started the threads (i.e., it's no replacement for the search function) but it should be helpful for people putting together indexes and/or looking for certain threads.


    (1) forum

    The JC fanfic forum you're searching in.

    (2) sort by

    The order in which the threads are displayed. The default shows the newer threads on top.

    first post: The reverse of the default. Older threads on top, new ones at the bottom.

    user: Sorts by the names of the user who started the threads in alphabetical order. Numbers and other symbols first.

    title: Sorts by thread titles in alphabetical order. Numbers and other symbols are ignored.

    (3) all users

    When selected, this limits the threads to those started by a specific user.

    (4) or / and

    or: thread titles that contain any of the keywords

    and: thread titles that contain all of the keywords

    The default is "or".

    (5) search keywords

    The words (or parts of words) that you're searching for. When searching for more than one keyword, you need to separate them with a comma.

    Keywords should be in lowercase unless you're doing whole-word matches. That is, a search for "au" will get you titles that include "AU", "AUs", "author", "daughter", etc. If you want titles with just "AU", the keyword should be at least partially in uppercase (i.e., "Au", "aU", or "AU").

    NOTE: It's better to avoid using symbols and special letters because half the time they won't work. E.g., searching for "Padmé" is a waste of time. Try "padm" instead.

    (6) teh numbers

    The number of threads found / total number of threads.

    (7) search

    Surely this needs no explanation. :D

    (8) user names

    The users who started the threads.

    (9) threads

    Links to the JC threads.

    The list of threads is usually updated once a week. It's all done automatically (that is, I click on a bookmark and ten minutes later, voila!) so please don't PM me to add a thread to the list unless it's really old or it keeps getting missed in updates.

    However, if you find any links to threads that have been deleted from the boards, please let me know.

    - lazy
  2. correllian_ale

    correllian_ale Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jun 20, 2005

    Wow, lazy never ceases to amaze me...don't know why I'm using the "shocked face" in fact.
  3. Idrelle_Miocovani

    Idrelle_Miocovani Jedi Master star 6

    Feb 5, 2005
    corellian_ale -- I'm going to double your shocked face.

    :eek: :eek:

    Lazy, you're a completely insane person. 8-} I wish I knew how to do stuff like this. :p
  4. dianethx

    dianethx Jedi Master star 6

    Mar 1, 2002
    This was great. It worked perfectly.
  5. JadeSolo

    JadeSolo Manager Emeritus star 6 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Sep 20, 2002
    Holy freaking god, lazy... [face_hypnotized]
  6. Pallas-Athena

    Pallas-Athena TFN Fan Fiction Archive Editor star 4 VIP

    Nov 29, 2000
    Oh, wow. Amazing ... :D
  7. ardavenport

    ardavenport Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 16, 2004
    Oooooh! We're not worthy! We're not worthy!

    I KNEW you had to have a program!

    That's the SMART way to do it. :)

    In some ways, the Link Machine works better than the forum search. If I only wish to look for the names of people who begin threads, your search does that.

    I have not found a way to use the forum search function so that it will only bring up links to posts that begin new threads. If I am searching all messages for a user who has left many, many messages, I have had the forum search time out before it gives me a result.

    Strangely enough, when I tried to search for THIS thread, it didn't show up. I guess it will show up next week. :) I assume that the Link Machine refreshes the 'users' menu list, too?

  8. LLL

    LLL Jedi Grand Master star 4

    Jul 16, 2000
    I don't know why this person calls themselves "Lazy."

  9. Star_Angel

    Star_Angel Jedi Padawan star 4

    Jan 18, 2006
    Oh wow, this was awesome, it worked amazingly and I really needed something like this, because let?s face it, that search thing that the TFN have is kind of worthless [face_blush]
  10. oqidaun

    oqidaun Manager Emeritus star 5 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2005
    =D= =D= Gold Star for teh Lazy one.

  11. Jennifer_Lyn

    Jennifer_Lyn Jedi Master star 4

    Jun 8, 2005
    holy hand grenade, batman!

    that has got to be the coolest thing i've seen since the mass pm method. ;)

    bravo! go you for coming up with that!

    this had so better be going in the revamped index.
  12. Healer_Leona

    Healer_Leona Squirrely Community Mod star 9 Staff Member Manager

    Jul 7, 2000
    That is really sweet lazy. [:D] [:D]
  13. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

    Mar 26, 2001
    Can lazy be tf.n's official cool stuff for fanficcers person?
  14. ardavenport

    ardavenport Jedi Master star 4

    Dec 16, 2004
    Oh, I know! "Lazy" means making the machine do the the work for you! That's what computers are for. Alas, my programming skills are technical, not web based, otherwise I would have tried something like that myself, plus automatic post and word counts for threads, keyword content searches, post frequency, start and lock dates.... all kinds of good stuff. But if I got that far down into php programming, then I wouldn't have any time for writing fanfics!

    I may have to get the basics down of Java for work, but that's still not php, but that's as close as I'll be able to get to it.
  15. Sara_Kenobi

    Sara_Kenobi Jedi Grand Master star 7

    Sep 21, 2000
    The best search engine I've ever seen for this place. Thank you so much for doing such hard work. =D=
  16. DarthIshtar

    DarthIshtar Jedi Grand Master star 9

    Mar 26, 2001

    I've decoded it at last.
  17. Layren

    Layren Jedi Master star 5

    Oct 28, 2003
    Lazy, your next program ought to be something making your name permanently VIP'ed because you are teh awesome!!
  18. NYCitygurl

    NYCitygurl Manager Emeritus star 9 VIP - Former Mod/RSA

    Jul 20, 2002
    lazy, you never cease to amaze me. I wish I could come up with stuff that's half as cool as what you manage to do. Are you sure you're not zerosleep in disguise? :p ;)
  19. leia_naberrie

    leia_naberrie Jedi Master star 4

    Sep 10, 2002
    I was about to ask the same thing! [face_laugh] You're a genius, lazykbys_left! :D
  20. Veloz

    Veloz Jedi Master star 6

    Aug 30, 2004
    Wao, this is awesome:eek: ... tnx so much for sharing! =D=
  21. Jedi_Liz

    Jedi_Liz Jedi Grand Master star 6

    Apr 24, 2000
    lazy YOU are Amazing!

    Now I don't have to search my old posts for my old stories.

    You should get special VIP colors!

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