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25 Aug 2011, 23:37
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Google custom search tool is embedded into gmatclub and facilitated by google.com. It is not only advised to search a question before creating a new thread, but also mandated as an implicit rule of posting ethics.

Users of the forum must learn how to quickly search a question that has already been discussed and reply to the searched topic if they have any doubt. Users who won't comply with this requirement and post an already discussed question as a new topic will be in violation of the posting ethics and will be warned once. Second instance of violation may cause a permanent ban.

1. The necessity of merging two threads reduces to a great extent.

How to perform custom search:

Let's take the CR question discussed here:
cr-prep-every-fall-croton-s-jays-migrate-south-119589.html

Every fall Croton's jays migrate south. The jays always join flocks of migrating crookbeaks with which they share the same summer and winter territories. If a jay becomes separated from the crookbeaks it is accompanying, it wanders until it comes across another flock of crookbeaks. Clearly, therefore, Croton's jays lack the navigational ability to find their way south on their own.

Which of the following, if true, most strengthens the argument above?
A. Croton's jays lay their eggs in the nests of crookbeaks, which breed upon completing their southern migration.
B. The three species most closely related to crookbeaks do not migrate at all.
C. In the spring, Croton's jays migrate north in the company of Tattersall warblers.
D. Species other than Croton's jays occasionally accompany flocks of migrating crookbeaks.
E. In the spring, crookbeaks migrate north before Croton's jays do.

Pick what you think is a unique sub-string out of the entire question.
"Which of the following" is NOT unique. You would get thousand different results if you searched by something like that.
"jays always join flocks" - This is something I call unique.

The search box is the rectangular box with magnifying glass located at the top right corner of every page in GMAT forum.

Just type in these unique words exactly the same way you see it. Don't miss spaces; don't alter the case(uppercase & lowercase); just type in or copy-paste the unique sub-string in the same way it is written in the question. This is the very reason we insist that posters must post their question exactly the same way they see it. It helps these searches a great deal. Imagine if the poster had mistakenly written "jeys" instead of "jays"; you may just not see a search result in that case. Moreover, rewording a small part may change the meaning of the sentence or create confusion. Why harass yourself and the readers; just post a question exactly the way you see it.

Let's see the picture:
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See how I used double quotes at both ends, for I am sure about the correctness of the question. You may just search without double quotes, but that may give you undesired results as well. Just type-in the string and hit the magnifying glass showed by the right-side red arrow.

The results would look something like this:
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Now, searching a Verbal question is pretty easy because it involves mostly the text. Quant questions are little hairier to search, esp. if it is inequality or modulus question, for those types mostly contain numbers and symbols. Google custom search doesn't properly search the texts embedded within m-tag. The best you can do is to look for a non-number, non-m-tag portion of the question and use that as unique string for search.

e.g.
Can the positive integer p be expressed as the product of two integers, each of which is greater than 1 ?

(1) 31 < p < 37
(2) p is odd

I wouldn't search for "31 < p < 37" because it involves symbol "<" and numbers 31 and 37. I'd rather search "expressed as the product of two integers". The searching process remains the same. The importance lies in how best you choose your unique string for searches.

Please cooperate to make the forum more useful so that everyone can benefit.

I'll keep editing this post for more rules. Raise concerns, provide ideas to make this post more worthwhile.

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17 May 2012, 01:03
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Baten80 wrote:
Fluke How can I search "is xy>x^2*y^2?"

You could just type "xy>x^2*y^2" (without the quotes) in the search box.

The first one that comes up in the search results is this --> thread and I see that you've already posted your query on it and got a response

Hope it helps others with similar search queries.
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16 Feb 2012, 19:25
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