Navigating the Website
Searching the Archives
Using the Search Prompt
Searching the archives can be done in many ways but is always done using the prompt on the main screen or the special Google at the bottom of that same main screen.
The system will search the archives using the following:
* Special search setting needed (see below).
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:
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...
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.
Using the Google Prompt
Advanced Features on Main Search Screen
Using the Wildcard Characters:
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.
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 by 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.
Searching by City & Country Only:
Although you can search for a city via the Basic, Standard or Advanced patterns, these search methods lump the city search in with the other fields and may also grab cities from anywhere (did you know that there is a London, UK and a London in Ontario, Canada?) To search exactly you must select this option and enter "London, UK" if you want the "big" London, for example. Essentially, this option is the manual version of the Diskery 'Geolocate' feature (a.k.a. "Diskery Electric Eye") and follows the same input format. The "state/province" component is optional but you must enter a proper comma separated city and country. Wildcards are not allowed in this search.
London, UKAnother allowable format is colons in place of commas, the actual way a geolocation device would feed the result into Diskery directly:
London, England, UK
Will search for artists from London, England.
Note: if you leave out the state/province (or spell it wrong) the Diskery AI will ignore it and try with just city and country.
Typing into the search box:
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