Navigating the Website
Searching the Archives
Using the Search Prompt
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
- RRCA ID
- Database ID Number
- Nationality of Origin
- City of Origin
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.
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 band under any given name and there can only be one RRCA or Diskery number associated with any artist, the system has no choice but to find the exact match!
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
Advanced Features on Main Search Screen
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.
(!!) - Double Exclamation
Will take you directly to the band Slayer and ignore other variations.
Slayer, *Slayer and Slayer*
Will present you lists of choices.
(*) - Asterisk (star)
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' in the second part of the phrase.
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' anywhere in the phrase.
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' in the first part of the phrase.
Returns all entries with 'S' at the start and 'R' somewhere else.
Returns all entries with a 'S' anywhere and an 'R' at the end.
Returns all entries with 'S' AND 'R' anywhere in the phrase.
Using the Asterisk (star - *) directly
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.
Will preset the file for the band Dark Funeral.
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.
You will get a list of choices, but you can search for artists by dates. So if you want bands formed 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.
- In the event the act's name is duplicated in different nations, the nation name will be a part of the act's name as 'BandX (USA)' and 'BandX (UK)'.
- 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.
- In the event the artist name was duplicated in the same nation then the date, state or city will follow the band name, 'BandX (1990) and 'BandX (1981)' or BandX (Chicago) and BandX (Texas).
- 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.
- Contacting Us
- Using Help
- Help Subjects Menu
- Using the 'See Also' Table
- Using the 'Artist Dashboard' Table
- Using Audio Clips
- Using Video Clips
- Using Help Sub-System
- Searching GEMM
- Reporting Errors, Bugs
- Using the Search Prompt
- Using the Old RRCA File Codes
- Icon Descriptions
- Using the Genres Pages
- Using the 'Artist Selection List'
- Who is the 'Computer Lady'?
- List of National Flags
- Using the 'Find Tickets' icon
- Using the 'Artist Description' Screen
- Where Are the Reviews?
- Why was I 'Redirected' on My Search?
- Using the Discography Page
- What is Responsive Web Design?
- Where is the GEMM Search Prompt?
- What is a Dynamic Website?
- Content for Children
- What is a Stubby Record?