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
- Any Reformation Date
- RRCA ID
- Diskery (New) 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. (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
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.
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.
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.
!!SlayerIf 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.
Will take you directly to the band Slayer and ignore other variations.
Use this character to say to Diskery "and anything that matches". It is used like this:
*SlayerThe '*' can be used anywhere and as often as you like but placing more than one in a row: S**R, the second is ignored.
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' in the second part of the phrase.
Using the Asterisk (star - *) directlyFor 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.
*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.
The word 'ALL' is a reserved wildcard and serves the same purpose as using the asterisk alone.
Entering nothing at the search prompt makes Diskery list all entries in the database.
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!
Will preset the file for the band Dark Funeral.