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Searching the Archives

Using the Search Prompt

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Searching the archives can be done in many ways but is always done using the prompt on the main screen or the special Google on on the right hand panel.

By default, the system will search the archives using the following from the prompt on the main screen:

  • Band/Artist Name
  • Founding Date
  • Ending Date
  • Any Reformation Date
  • RRCA ID
  • Diskery (New) ID Number
  • Nationality of Origin
  • Genre
  • City of Origin
You may use any of these to search for an artist.

When you type into the input box and your search matches any of the above criteria then a hit will be recorded. If there is only one hit/entry that matches your request exactly then Diskery will send you directly to the artist page. If there is more than one hit then you will be presented with a menu table where you click on the name of the artist you want. The list is presented to you in alphabetical order, numbers and symbols first.

You need not enter the entire name, Diskery will search based on whatever you can remember. The search is also not case sensitive, so: "MEGADETH", "Megadeth" and "megadeth" are the same. (Remember you need not use quote marks in the search prompt!).

Because this list can become quite large, you can reduce the search results by providing an exact artist/band name or by using the RRCA ID or more modern Diskery catalog number. Since there can only be one RRCA or Diskery number associated with any artist, the system has no choice but to find the exact match when you use the numbers!

Please note that the 'RRCA ID' is no longer used and left in the system for backward compatibility, artists entered after May 2014 will not have an RRCA number and will yield none found if used! See the list of Wildcards below to learn how to search by number directly.

That's it! But, if you really want to make Diskery earn its keep when you are using it, then read on...


Using the Google Prompt

The Google prompt will search Diskery the way Google does: by crawling through the page text. This prompt is ideal if you have an obscure search you want to make that the Diskery prompt cannot handle; Diskery does not search the article content, but Google does. It is fast, and does a more thorough search of the site. It does have two drawbacks, however: it will not take you directly to a page if only one result is found (it always leaves you on a selection list) unlike the Diskery standard prompt, and it can only find what Google has archived already - latest additions and edits may not appear until Google has come to fetch them at a later time. The Google Search prompt is found at the bottom of every page.

Advanced Features on Main Search Screen

Using the Wildcard Characters:

To further increase the accuracy of your search, you may choose to use the reserved 'Wildcard' characters. These symbols are inserted in the search box along with your search pattern and serve to modify the search by changing how Diskery uses the database.

!
Exclamation

Use this to restrict searching an artist by name. The name will not be used as a part of the search criteria. For example: If you were to search for bands from the city of "Chicago", there is a band by that name as well but they will be excluded.

!Chicago

!!
Double Exclamation

Forces Diskery to search the artist names in the database using an EXACT MATCH. You will not get a list but will either get the artist displayed directly on your screen or an error if they are not found. It is an all-or-nothing search.

!!Slayer
Will take you directly to the band Slayer and ignore other variations.

where-as:
Slayer, *Slayer and Slayer*
Will present you lists of choices.

If there is only one completely unique version of the name in the database (no variation or where the letter sequence of the name appears elsewhere) you will be taken directly to the artist, as in 'Megadeth' without the need to add the exclamations.

*
Asterisk (star)

Use this character to say to Diskery "and anything that matches". It is used like this:

*Slayer
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' in the second part of the phrase.

*Slayer*
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' anywhere in the phrase.

Slayer*
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' in the first part of the phrase.

S*R*
Returns all entries with 'S' at the start and 'R' somewhere else.

*S*R
Returns all entries with a 'S' anywhere and an 'R' at the end.

*S*R*
Returns all entries with 'S' AND 'R' anywhere in the phrase.

The '*' can be used anywhere and as often as you like but placing more than one in a row: S**R, the second is ignored.


Using the Asterisk (star - *) directly

For compatibility to those of us who are old-school computer operators from days gone by - the asterisk has an exception. It can be used in the search box all alone. By entering it '*' all by itself (no quote marks), Diskery will regurgitate its entire database - list every entry in it. Likewise if you enter '*.*' for us old school CP/M, Unix and DOS gurus.

*

or

*.*

Lists all entries in the database. The '*.*' variation must be used alone. Leaving the search box empty or typing the word 'ALL' has the same result.

'ALL'
ALL

The word 'ALL' is a reserved wildcard and serves the same purpose as using the asterisk alone.

Blank Line
Blank

Entering nothing at the search prompt makes Diskery list all entries in the database.

(0) Zero
(0) ZERO

Entering a 0 (digit zero) as the first character in your search string will force Diskery to search ONLY by catalog numbers (both modern Diskery and old RRCA). So, for example: '062' will result in a direct link to file number 62 (Dark Funeral); 0ERF00095 will give the same result. Unlike the other Wildcards, the zero MUST be the first character!

062
Will preset the file for the band Dark Funeral.

Random Artist Button:

If you select the "RANDOM ARTIST" button then you need not select any other option or fill out the search prompt, a random artist by ID number will be chosen for you and you will be taken directly to that artist's page.


Searching Dates:

You will get a list of choices, but you can search for artists by dates. So if you want bands formed, ended or reformed in 1995, you can enter '1995' into the search box. You could also enter '1995-2005' but this will give you a very exact search for bands who formed and ended on those exact dates... date search tends to be exact.


When typing into the search box:

  • Use only Roman/English lettering (the basic 26 letter alphabet and numbers) as it does not recognize accent marks and extended characters.
  • In the case of punctuation, it will allow such text only if it is a part of the band's name (such as use of the single quote mark ('), the period/dot (.) and question (?). Although ampersand (&) is permitted it is not used in band names to avoid software incompatibilities that occur with certain search patterns, so 'and' is used instead. The 'Wildcard' characters ( ! and * ) mentioned earlier are reserved for that purpose and cannot be used directly as a part of a name. The word 'ALL' is also reserved.
  • It also will restrict (deliberately censor) certain words for purposes of securing the database against rogue programmers or robotic programs. The system will not tell you if it does not recognize certain characters or words and simply responds that it did not find what you were looking for.
  • If an act has the word 'The' as a part of their name type it as you'd say it as 'The Beatles' and not 'Beatles, The', if that does not work, try just 'Beatles' depending on how the Database Administrator felt it had to be entered.
  • Artists which use abbreviations as a part of their names, such as "D.O.A." the dots will be removed because most humans don't think to use them, use "DOA" instead.
When entering national names the Database will list bands under one type, so 'England' and 'UK' will be 'UK', as will 'USA', will be used instead of 'United States' and 'United States of America'.


Notations:

  • The short form for nation names is currently being implemented into the database as entries are discovered and may not work correct until that time. If searching for nations where abbreviations are used, best to check all combinations of that name.
  • The RRCA ID option is being phased out as a apart of an older database routine. New bands entered in to the database will no longer be issued this number so it will not work on entries entered after 2014.

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