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Dmian
Gallente
Gallenterrorisme
Posted - 2008.06.25 08:53:00 - [1]
 

Edited by: Dmian on 25/06/2008 08:59:28

So, you have the urge to know something about Eve and don't know where to start?
The first impulse would be to put a new message on the forums and wait for that enlightening answer. But in the world of Eve that's like going to a 0.0 system and expecting a welcome party at every gate... Razz

My first advice is to have a first look at other forums.
We tend to stick to just a couple of the forums and ignore the rest. Try looking at other forums first, to see if there's a sticky that might answer your questions (in case you don't know what a sticky is, a sticky is a forum thread that is "glued" at the top of the forum for easy viewing.)

Before you open up a new thread, do at least a quick scan on the topics of the first 2 or 3 pages of that forum. Putting up a new thread without looking is like going through a gate with an industrial full of goods without sending a scout first.

So, you already looked up the forums and found nothing that helped you. What can you do?
The natural reaction is to do a search using the integrated search box on the site. Unluckily, the search feature of the site stopped indexing pages about the same time the Eve gate closed, so if you, for example, search for Empyrean Age you'll end up with unexpected and useless results.

But don't be disheartened! There's hope for you. Theres a de facto search site for the forums, created by the semi-god among us called Chribba. The site is Eve Search, and it's up to date with the latest messages, and also includes some nifty features, like searching by author and a link to the same thread on the Eve forums, in case you want to reply to a message.

Now, let's say that, in true Eve fashion, you trust nobody and prefer to use Google. There are a set of nice tricks to search the Eve forums that might be useful for you.

First, you can narrow the Google search to a specific site (or section of a site) by using the "site:" feature.
Say you want to search for Chribba's LoveQuest. If you use eve-online's search you get some dissapointing results.

But if you search using Google and add "site:myeve.eve-online.com/ingameboard.asp" before your search keywords, you get exactly what you are looking for.

Now, let's say you want to know how to do a nano fitting. If you look for "nano ship" you'll end up with lots of results, inluding all the pilot's whines about how nano ships are overpowered and how nano ships needs to be nerfed, etc. You need to narrow your results by omiting some keywords (in this case, we'll omit results with the words "nerf", "problem" and "overpower"). To do that just add those words with a minus sign before ("-nerf -problem -overpower") and you'll narrow the search, obtaining better results.

Dmian
Gallente
Gallenterrorisme
Posted - 2008.06.25 08:54:00 - [2]
 

Edited by: Dmian on 25/06/2008 09:16:30

Google also has another interesting feature. Say you want to look for a miner's guide, but you want a PDF, so you can print it and read it whenever you have some free time away from your computer. To do this you just need to add "filetype:pdf" at the end of your search, and Google will narrow the search to only that kind of files.

This trick works for any kind of file: mp3, doc, xls, ttf, etc.

Finally, there are a bunch of sites that have lots of interesting and useful resources to help you understand every aspect of Eve. Right now, the single most important site is Eve Places, created by Smakalicious. Why? Simply put, because there you have links to most of the other interesting sites with content about Eve on the web. Eve Places is a directory of sites, categorized so you can easily find the information you're looking for.

The other two places that are a must for every capsuleer (I'm assuming you already know about EveMon and Eve Fitting Tool.) are Eve Files, created by our beloved Chribba (in fact, all of Chribba's places are great: Eve Agents, Eve Offline, Eve-Live and Eve Videos) and one that I personally like and that's very handy for new pilots and the general carebear: Eve Guides. With this I'm not saying that there aren't other great sites, but you can find those in Eve Places.

So, there you have it. If, after all this explanation, you still don't find what you were looking for (or you are just a troll looking for a good flame,) then go ahead and open a new thread. Maybe you'll find a charitable soul willing to give you a useful answer.

Chribba
Otherworld Enterprises
Otherworld Empire
Posted - 2008.06.25 08:59:00 - [3]
 

Good post, good info but you forgot EVE-Live for your ship fitting needs Laughing

Dmian
Gallente
Gallenterrorisme
Posted - 2008.06.25 09:02:00 - [4]
 

Originally by: Chribba
Good post, good info but you forgot EVE-Live for your ship fitting needs Laughing


Ouch! ugh
I went to OMG Labs and put everything that was there... Razz
I'll correct it immediatly. Thanks! Very Happy

edtheshed
Ministry of War
Posted - 2008.06.25 09:33:00 - [5]
 

thats 2 posts...

nah im f*ckin with ya, good post

Dictum Factum
Skill Training
Posted - 2008.06.25 12:52:00 - [6]
 

To sum up: To find accurate information about Eve, do not use the tools provided by CCP.

Algia Knightstorm
Posted - 2008.06.25 13:05:00 - [7]
 

Great post, lots of useful stuff for the lazy Nubbins.

May well be worth putting on the Info section before this ends up on the 5th page of GD superceded by another 20 posts about nerf nano and another 26 on why EU pay more.

Dmian
Gallente
Gallenterrorisme
Posted - 2008.06.25 17:20:00 - [8]
 

Originally by: Algia Knightstorm
Great post, lots of useful stuff for the lazy Nubbins.

May well be worth putting on the Info section before this ends up on the 5th page of GD superceded by another 20 posts about nerf nano and another 26 on why EU pay more.


I'm happy with only one person finding the info useful. Very Happy


 

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