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TIPS FOR FINDING INFORMATION ON THE DML


Read the FAQs. DMLers love to help others out, but it's not too much to ask you to a do a bit of research before asking what octane gas to use. If it's a common question, there's a good chance it's in the FAQS.


Use the
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It's up near the top.


Eliminate useless or overly common words as search terms. "The", "and", "Ducati", and "monster" are going to get you too many hits.


Use keywords in your thread title. Often, the best search is the one using just the keywords in your title. If you want to know about cleaning white wheels, search "clean wheel."


Get rid of suffixes or plurals. Searching for "clean" will return results for "clean", "cleans" and "cleaning." Searching for "cleaning" will only return results for "cleaning."


Try more than one search. For example, if "clean wheel" gets you too many hits, try "cleaning wheel" or "clean white wheel" or "clean rim" or "grease rim" (assuming you want to know how to get grease off). Play around with some searches for a while before you determine that the information isn't out there.


Skim through some of the threads in your search results. Don't just rely on the thread title. Often the title of the thread doesn't tell you about the gems inside the thread. More often than not, you'll find exactly what you are looking for by doing a search, clicking on a couple of threads and then following the links in those threads.


Skim the first couple of pages of the forum. I can't tell you the number of times I've had a question and have found a thread from a day or two before on that very subject just hanging out there on page two or three of the Mods or Tech forum.
 

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Use the advanced search options. For example, you can search by most recent posts. If you just found out about a big Ducati announcement and think you are the first to post about it, searching by most recent--as opposed to most relevant--results will tell if you someone posted about it yesterday. You can also search by user (if you remember who posted something before and are trying to find it). You can limit your search to specific forums and on and on. You should check out the advanced search options. It'll help, I promise.


Tell people that you searched when you post. Maybe even tell them what you searched for and what you learned. It will focus your question (i.e. what you didn't learn from your search) and will often give people an idea of how much background information you. It will also make them less irritated if you ask a common question. It means that you put forth the effort, but were just unable to find an answer. Someone will help you out.


Be gentle with people who ask common questions. Ok, this isn't technically a tip on how to find info, but it's important for the overall tone of the DML. If you think someone should have searched before they posted, it's a cool thing to GENTLY help them out. Yes, it is frustrating answering the same questions over and over again. Yes, we all let that frustration escape once in a while. But remember, everyone is not as experienced with computers, the Internet, forums or the DML as you are. I try to give a short answer and some instruction that will help them. Just saying "search, dammit!" isn't that helpful and it ain't terribly friendly. And remember, just because it has been answered before doesn't mean that good information won't come out of discussing the issue again. Otherwise, this would just be a FAQ site and not a forum.


Help out the DML. If you find some good threads on a fairly common topic, send the moderators a PM. Links to those helpful threads will be included in the FAQs and attributed to you. It'll help others further down the line.


Give back. Remember when you didn't know squat? Remember when random people from across the globe helped you out when you bike was in pieces? Remember the kind and caring advice everyone gave you when you crashed? Share what you've learned since then.
 

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Query on the "advanced search." How can I ask it to pull up only posts that have both key words in the title?
Example: a search using the key words "oil" and "touring" brings up a bunch of posts with "touring" in the title, but nothing about oil. Using the boolean "AND" doesn't help me out.
What am I missing here?
 
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