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...
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