How to do a multi-forum search for a ...

How to do a multi-forum search for a same title thread

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One Way Or Another

Columbus, OH

#1 Feb 4, 2013
Sometimes posters start a thread on one forum and then post that same exact thread on other forums.

How can we find a compilation listing of those kind of threads?

For example, someone could start a poll or discussion thread by the title "Hey y'all, Topix Mods really know how to do their jobs" on one forum but then take it to other forums as well. My apologies if there is a thread already called that. But obviously, doing the 'Search Forum' feature will only bring up that title on a single forum. Not all the forums it is on.

I came across a great 2006 thread called "How to search Topix forums?" that was before Topix had the 'Seach Forum' box feature in place for each forum. In it, a Top Mod recommended doing a site specific search with Google by typing site:topix.net "searchphrase" and replace "searchphrase" with the item the user is searching for. Here's the post link for that comment:
http://www.topix.com/forum/news/topix/T2CPL2T...

So, I did just that to see if I could pull up the same title thread on various forums. Except I typed site:topix.com instead of the .net and then I typed the thread title in place of "searchphrase". It seems to work for a multi-forum same thread search as well. Of course, I don't know if the search result is complete (all the threads) or not.

But does Topix have a way for users to do a multi-forum search for the same thread title? If not, does anyone know another way I could do it?

Thanks.
One Way Or Another

Columbus, OH

#2 Feb 11, 2013
... adding a few thoughts to post 1 ...

The only downside to Topix starting a feature that allows users to do a multi-forum search seems to be that different users can start a thread by the same exact title. But if we are looking for a specific user name to match the threads, that shouldn't be a problem in finding the right ones.

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