Navigating the Website
Searching the Archives
Using the Search Prompt
The system will search the archives using the following:
- Band/Artist Name
- Founding Date
- Ending Date
- Any Reformation Date
- RRCA Reference ID
- Diskery Reference Number
- Nationality of Origin (Locale)
- City of Origin (Locale)
- Words/phrases used in the article itself
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. Unlike most other systems, Diskery's design means it wants a direct hit each time, but this is not always possible.
When entering names: 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!).
It is possible to enter scrambled letters, transposed letters or add an extra/leave some out into the search box. As long as you have most of the correct letters present. Diskery can usually find what you are looking for but if it gets zero results, it tries to re-arrange your letters to see if it can find a hit, if still nothing then it issues a not found message; it does this via the AISE (see separate article on this here in Help). For example: IKSS = KISS but ISK = SISKO ('ISK' being an unscrambled part of the name gets priority). Only names are searched for when unscrambling is attempted.
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 Reference 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! To use this feature and ensure that it does not mix up the name of an artist with numbers in their name, see below.
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!
The "Search Pattern" drop-down menu:
This feature allows you to refine your search by placing pre-programmed additions or restrictions on the Diskery Search Engine:
|Option||Search Pattern||Result||Allows Wildcards|
|Basic||Location, Dates, Diskery Reference, RRCA Reference, Genre||Listing or exact match||YES|
|Standard||Location, Dates, Diskery Reference, RRCA Reference, Genre AND Name||This is the default setting. It may give a listing or exact match. Best for full use of "Wildcard" characters||YES|
|Advanced||Location, Dates, Diskery Reference, RRCA Reference, Genre, Artist Name, Contents within the artist Article & Summary||Always gives list||YES|
|Exact Name Only||Artist name only||Always exact match||NO|
|Reference Only||Diskery Reference Number only||Always exact match||NO|
|Album Date/Name||Album publication date or name||Listing or exact match||YES|
|Description Only||Artist Article & Summary||Listing or exact match||YES|
|Genre Only||Genre type||Always List||YES|
|List||Displays a listing of all artists in the database||Always gives list. Ignores anything entered in the search box||NO|
When the system responds it may give the response listed in this table or render an error message if there is no way it can make a match on your input.
If wanting to search within the artist Summary (a part of the article contents) - the database will only search for content entered by the database operator and not that generated by default of the AI.
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
The "Search Pattern" drop-down menu is wonderful, but advanced users will find it too simple. For this reason Diskery has 'Wildcard' characters that can be used to open up advanced search features. When used, these characters override the the "Search Pattern" drop-down menu.
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. To use them, leave the "Search Pattern" drop-down menu to the needed setting in the above table and then add them into your search pattern. Note: You cannot use them in scrambled text, however.
! - 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.
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.
The symbol MUST be the first character entered.
? - Question Mark
Use this character to say to Diskery "including an unknown character".
S?RThe '?' can be used anywhere and as often as you like. If you enter them at the very end of your input the trailing ones will be removed (not needed/assumed).
Returns all entries with 'S' at the start and 'R' somewhere else that are at least 4 characters long.
* - Asterisk (star)
Use this character to say to Diskery "what I typed and anything else".
*Slayer(NOTE: This variation is no longer needed and left for operators who still use it. Simply typing the search item will automatically assume this behavior.)
Returns all entries with 'Slayer' at the end or at the beginning or (last example) sandwiched between other text.
If you enter them at the very end of your input the trailing ones will be removed (not needed/assumed).
Sl*rThis example will return anything with the letters 'S' and 'L' together followed by other random characters until it finds an 'r' and any characters there-after. The search engine would return names such as:
The asterisk and question mark can be used together.
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. They must be entered alone in the search box.
*Lists all entries in the database. The '*.*' or '*' 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.
^ - Carat
Entering a '^' 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: '^62' will result in a direct link to file number 62 (Dark Funeral); ^ERF00095 will give the same result. The '^' must be the first character!
Will load the file for the band Dark Funeral.