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Old Jul 7, 2008, 03:44 AM   #1
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Shameless promotion - MacRumors Google Search - MRoogle

[historical thread link, 2005]



Waaaaay back in 2005 I "founded" MRoogle. MRoogle is a custom front end to Google making it easy to search different areas of MacRumors [forums, guides, entire site], and use advanced options easily to help find what you're looking for (search time periods, all words, any words, exact phrase).

I haven't posted a thread about it since the one linked at the top of this post, and thought it might be time again since there are so many new members re-posting questions . It's a useful tool and in many cases is far better for helping you to find relevant threads than vBulletin's search, and because of the extra options available also beats the Google search you find under "Search" at the top of the page.

That's all really, just making all those newer peeps aware of it's existence, and that it might just help you find the answer when looking for help in future

Spread the word - link to MRoogle in your signature

If you'd like to help spread the word a pre-formatted signature can be found here
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 03:48 AM   #2
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Maybe you should add a link to that blog that mentions it. This is a shameless promotion after all...
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 03:52 AM   #3
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i will say, pretty cool. i do agree it would be useful for the loads of duplicate threads occurring. but if they don't use search now, idk if they'll use yours
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 03:53 AM   #4
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idk if they'll use yours
I know, but we can hope. Other than that it's still useful for those that do search to find stuff.
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Old Jul 7, 2008, 03:54 AM   #5
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That's all really, just making all those newer peeps aware of it's existence, and that it might just help you find the answer when looking for help in future
If you justify to the left your Signature, that might help
Maybe see if you can get some more members to hawk it via their signature too - it's definitely useful - i've used it and Google many a time.
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 07:48 AM   #6
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Sorry to bump


I've just made some changes and wanted to let anyone who uses it know about them.

I've moved to using a Custom Google search to allow for the MRoogle "branding" on the results page. I've also added two new "areas" to search specifically.

You can now search:
  • forums
  • members - new
  • guides
  • front page - new
  • entire site

Other features are the same as before. I don't think I've broken anything in making these changes, but if you spot anything please post and let me know. I'll see if I can un-b0rk it.
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 08:17 AM   #7
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Maybe see if you can get some more members to hawk it via their signature too - it's definitely useful - i've used it and Google many a time.
Signed up. I use it all the time.
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 08:27 AM   #8
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Signed up. I use it all the time.
ooohhhh, this is good, thank you!
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MRoogle sig people unite! Now where is the lovely ergdegdeg?
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 08:34 AM   #10
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ooohhhh, this is good, thank you!
I've been thinking about adding it for a while after I mentioned in passing a possible demi effort but only finally got around to adding it (when I saw this thread actually).

I love it as I can quite quickly find stuff I have posted long long long ago that I know is out there but is hard to get at. So thank you

Perhaps add the suggested signature (i.e. colour tags) here so people can add it easily. I personally went for something a little more subdued.
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 08:36 AM   #11
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MRoogle - MacRumors Site Integration?

I have used MRoogle from time to time and it is quite useful... specifically I used it to find threads I knew existed, but wasn't able to bring them up with the Advanced Search feature.

In fact it would be quite handy to have an MRoogle link right in the Advanced Search Tab... is that possible or is there too much vbulletin hacking required?
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Great idea. I use it all the time also and never thought about adding it to the sig.
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 08:39 AM   #13
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MRoogle sig people unite! Now where is the lovely ergdegdeg?
Here I am
Still have MRoogle in my sig.
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I added it to the sig. It can be helpful at times.
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Old Sep 5, 2008, 08:45 AM   #15
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In fact it would be quite handy to have an MRoogle link right in the Advanced Search Tab... is that possible or is there too much vbulletin hacking required?
There is already a Google search under the search option at the top of the forum. MRoogle just (IMO) does a better job and makes certain more advanced features of Google easy to use and readily available. I don't think it's something that could be integrated in to MR, nor do I imagine arn would want to anyway. It's easiest if people that want to use it just visit the site directly. It is a good and useful tool, those that do try it seems to go back and use it again

It's nice to see people with it in their sigs though, thanks all.
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There is already a Google search under the search option at the top of the forum. MRoogle just (IMO) does a better job and makes certain more advanced features of Google easy to use and readily available. I don't think it's something that could be integrated in to MR, nor do I imagine arn would want to anyway. It's easiest if people that want to use it just visit the site directly. It is a good and useful tool, those that do try it seems to go back and use it again

It's nice to see people with it in there sigs though, thanks all.
Fair enough, I knew about the google search, but MRoogle does to a better job (IMHO) hands down. I guess if I add it to my sig too at the very least I'll have a quick link for it.
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I'll put it in mine, mainly because every time I need it I end up searching for edesign first
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It's nice to see people with it in there sigs though, thanks all.
I added it too.
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Have used it a few times, and it much better than the 'search forums' included in this site, but more often than not I just use Google with

[whati'msearchingfor] site:forums.macrumors.com
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Have used it a few times, and it much better than the 'search forums' included in this site, but more often than not I just use Google with

[whati'msearchingfor] site:forums.macrumors.com
thats what mroogle does
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Can you wrangle a Tab at the top?

Might be worth a shot to get MRoogle Search tab added to the MR/page 2/iphone/bg/guides/forum tabs.
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Added it, more for my own use than anything!
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