I went to the Perl Monks User Search to see if I could find someone that I had previously sent a message. I can't quite remember the PM's UID, so tried to do a wildcard search, with no results. From the responses I got back, I suspect that you can't do a wildcard search here.

I guess the question that I am asking: Is there any provision for a wildcard search here and I missed it? Or conversly am I just a nutcase wanting too much of a good thing? Is there an easy alternative to the wildcard search that I am not privy to (or too dense to realize exists)?


You're so sly, but so am I. - Quote from the movie Manhunter.
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Re: Wild card search in Perl Monks User Search
by integral (Hermit) on Jun 07, 2004 at 10:59 UTC

    You could try the Super Search. If you scroll down, you can select 'User' as the section to search in. You can't specify a pattern to match on, but you can specify part of a word to search for, so for example 'integ' in the title box would find myself.

    integral, resident of freenode's #perl
Re: Wild card search in Perl Monks User Search (rename)
by tye (Sage) on Jun 07, 2004 at 15:31 UTC

    BTW, ever since I added Perl Monks User Search to the Find Nodes nodelet, I've been thinking that it really should be renamed because it sounds like a place you'd go to search for users. It isn't. It is a place that you go to list (not search) the nodes by a particular author. So I'd probably rename it to something like "List Nodes by Author".

    Objections? I'd add a node named "Perl Monks User Search" that would link to the renamed node so that any links to the old name could be updated (links that used the node ID would be unaffected). I'll probably even make the place holder smart enough to make the link include any parameters so a single extra click is all that is required and so that you can cut'n'paste the URL to replace the old link with all of the functionality.

    - tye        

      Thanks for the clarification tye. The suggestion that integral gave me works great. I agree with what you are thinking there, the name impies something that it isn't. The integral solution provides a way for me to find the user that I was looking for, but is there a way to make it more simple. Or is this just feature creap that we are looking at?


      You're so sly, but so am I. - Quote from the movie Manhunter.
        Can you describe what kind of simplicity you are looking for?

        Exactly what kind of search did you want to do? As integral described, you can use super search to search user (or any other particular node type or types) titles for one or more specific substrings.

      What's the status of this? Was it determined that changing the name would break something?

        Of course it would break things. It would break bookmarks that use the node title. And I'd bet there are quite a few of those. It could be made to not break bookmarks, and perhaps that would be better... it might even be easier...

        But the reason nothing has been done is more that it is a non-trivial amount of work and once enough time had passed for people to register complaints, I had lost the burning desire to fix it and now it seems unimportant compared to other items that I'm also not able to find the time to do. ):

        - tye