One of the coolest things about Discourse is its search feature. It is fast, powerful, and easy to get to. Want to find posts about Wordpress? Just type
/wordpress. No, really, just type it. The
/ opens the search box. If you want to waste time using the mouse, you can click the little magnifying glass up by your profile icon and the hamburger menu (and no, seriously, that thing with the three lines is really called a hamburger button).
The search menu lets you search through topics, posts, users, or categories. If you click the “options” link on that menu, you will get a quick little help window (and
esc will make it go away).
Here are some of the things you can search for:
order:views order:latest order:likes status:open status:closed status:archived status:noreplies status:single_user category:foo user:foo group:foo badge:foo in:likes in:posted in:watching in:tracking in:private in:bookmarks in:first posts_count:num min_age:days max_age:days
Refining your search
Here are a few searches that might come in handy. Once you have seen them, they should be pretty easy to figure out with the help of the “options” window.
@pfaffman’s posts about wordpress:
@pfaffman’s topics (not replies) about wordpress:
user:pfaffman in:first wordpress
- Everyone’s wordpress-basics post:
If you click “show more” at the bottom of the pop-up search window, you will be taken to the advanced search page that gives you a pull-down to select the sort order. It does not do the live search that the pop-up window does, though.
If you do a search from a profile, category, or topic page, you will get the option to search within that context. If you are on your course’s completions page, searching there will give you a checkbox to search just that category. Clicking the “search this topic” checkbox and then clicking “show more” link will take you to that search page with “category:X” so that you can see the category number.