Navigating MassiveCraft Online This is part one in a series where I will explain how to find anything you could possibly want to know about people and things on the forums, wiki, and in-game. Basic Search Methodology The Find shortcut is universal. You can also use the find feature by navigating to the options menu in your browser, often denoted by three equidistant horizontal lines or three vertical dots in the upper right hand corner. Using the Forums as a Resource The forums are home to a whole host of content available nowhere else, whether that information is presented in public knowledge progressions or player-made role-play posts. Finding specific information can be a daunting task without knowing the following tips and tricks. Tagging System Tags are a word, phrase, or name used to identify digital content such as blog and social media posts as belonging to a particular category or concerning a particular person or topic. Tags on the MassiveCraft Forums function as tags do on other social media platforms. They are user created and easily searched using advanced search, or by typing a normal query into the search bar. Tagged posts with a tag matching the query will appear within that search. Using the Tagging System Posts can be tagged before or after creation. When creating a post, tags can be entered directly below the rich text editor. When editing tags on a published post, tags can be edited by selecting Edit next to tags in the top left corner below the post title. Afterwards a dialog box will appear where tags can be entered. Forum Advanced Search Xenforo has an advanced search option that can be accessed by going to forums.massivecraft.com/search or by selecting More in the context menu when searching normally. Selecting the downward facing triangle in the context menu shows you Useful Searches. Using XenForo Advanced Search Upon accessing advanced search users will be presented with the following screen. You can select multiple categories in the Search in Forums box by pressing CTRL or your operating system equivalent, and clicking at the same time. You can select multiple categories in a series by clicking on a category, holding shift, then clicking again on another category. Search Everything allows you to search the forums as a whole. Making broad queries typically results in incomplete searches because the search keywords were too short, too long, or too common. Search everything includes forum blog posts and private forums you have access to. Search Threads and Posts allows you to search threads and posts. You can filter out results by thread prefix, forum categories and child forums, age, the member who posted the thread or reply, and minimum number of replies. Search Threads and Posts is the most useful for searching, as it allows you to narrow down your search to one or two categories, decreasing the likelihood that your search returns as incomplete. Search Profile Posts allows you to search profile posts. You can filter by the member who posted and the whose profiles were posted to, as well as posts newer than a certain age. Search Tags allows you to search by tags and displays the most frequently used and common tags used in a visual cloud. Search Modifiers “Query” is an exact search, meaning it will find your keyword or term exactly as it appears on a post or thread. Couple this with other search modifiers for more powerful searches. +Query (Default) is the way searches work by default. It will search for your keyword AND your keyword. -Query will remove any query you do not want in your results. |Query allows you to search for multiple terms. Using the Wiki as a Resource The wiki, just like the forums and most other modern sites, makes use of a tagging system to categorize pages and articles. MediaWiki, the popular free wiki driver that the MassiveCraft Wiki runs on, comes packed with special pages and features that make searching and finding information easier. Special pages are pages that are created by the software on demand to perform a specific function. The most relevant for our purposes are the Special:Categories page and Special:Search page. Special:Categories Special:Categories displays every category present on the wiki. If a page is or was tagged with a category, that category will appear on this page. Using categories to find information allows you to keep your searches to a minimum provided pages are properly categorized. Special:Search By default when you search a term that matches the name of an existing page you are taken to that page, but by using the Special:Search page you can find every instance of a keyword across the entire wiki. Content Pages allows you to search all pages on the wiki. Multimedia only searches for multimedia with the keyword you search with. Everything allows you to search all pages and multimedia on the wiki. Advanced allows you to search by namespace. Namespaces are collections which differentiate between the purpose of the pages at a high level. Pages in certain namespaces can also have special properties or behave differently when they interact with other pages.