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

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  1. lazykbys_left Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Feb 17, 2005
    star 4
    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.

    http://f59.aaa.livedoor.jp/~lazykbys/jcfanficthreads.php


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    (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 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jun 20, 2005
    star 4
    :eek:

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

    Member Since:
    Feb 5, 2005
    star 6
    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 Jedi Grand Master

    Member Since:
    Mar 1, 2002
    star 6
    This was great. It worked perfectly.
  5. JadeSolo Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Sep 20, 2002
    star 6
    Holy freaking god, lazy... [face_hypnotized]
  6. Pallas-Athena TFN Fan Fiction Archive Editor

    VIP
    Member Since:
    Nov 29, 2000
    star 4
  7. ardavenport Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 16, 2004
    star 4
    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 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jul 16, 2000
    star 4
    I don't know why this person calls themselves "Lazy."

    :*;)
  9. Star_Angel Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Jan 18, 2006
    star 4
    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 Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 2005
    star 5
    =D= =D= Gold Star for teh Lazy one.

    AWESOME!!!!
  11. Jennifer_Lyn Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Jun 8, 2005
    star 4
    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 Manager Emeritus

    Member Since:
    Jul 7, 2000
    star 9
    That is really sweet lazy. [:D] [:D]
  13. DarthIshtar Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Mar 26, 2001
    star 9
    Can lazy be tf.n's official cool stuff for fanficcers person?
  14. ardavenport Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Dec 16, 2004
    star 4
    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 Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Sep 21, 2000
    star 7
    The best search engine I've ever seen for this place. Thank you so much for doing such hard work. =D=
  16. DarthIshtar Chosen One

    Member Since:
    Mar 26, 2001
    star 9
    LuckyAndZanyYoo-serKewlBusyYearning(for)Stuff_LovingEveryFineTrick

    I've decoded it at last.
  17. Layren Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Oct 28, 2003
    star 5
    Lazy, your next program ought to be something making your name permanently VIP'ed because you are teh awesome!!
  18. NYCitygurl NSWFF Manager

    Manager
    Member Since:
    Jul 20, 2002
    star 9
    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 Jedi Master

    Member Since:
    Sep 10, 2002
    star 4
    I was about to ask the same thing! [face_laugh] You're a genius, lazykbys_left! :D
  20. Veloz Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Aug 30, 2004
    star 6
    Wao, this is awesome:eek: ... tnx so much for sharing! =D=
  21. Jedi_Liz Force Ghost

    Member Since:
    Apr 24, 2000
    star 6
    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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