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peter cooke
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Joined: Mar 16, 2004
Posts: 314
Ok my signature has always had "Peter M. Cooke" So all posting have that string.

If I conduct a search with the search entire message for "Cooke", "Peter", or "Peter M. Cooke", I almost never find any of my posting. But if is search my ranch id "69133" I can find all my postings.

Why???


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Mani Ram
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Joined: Mar 11, 2002
Posts: 1140
My guess is that, the text search functionality searches for the text only in the posts made. And since your signature is not a part of the post technically, it doesn't even bother to look into the text in the signature.
If you use the Google search on the forums for your signature text, it shows some of the posts you have made.


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Andrew Monkhouse
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Originally posted by Mani Ram:
[...]And since your signature is not a part of the post technically[...]
Good guess Mani!

Just a minor clarification - the signature is not part of the post (technically or otherwise). It just gets displayed when you view a topic. I think it is cached in a per-forum basis.

That is, at present forums # 10 (JavaRanch) and 24 (SCJP), and others, have associated "CIAO \n Peter M. Cooke \n scdjws, scea(phase1), scbcd, scwcd,scjp" with user # 69133 (Peter Cooke). So whenever a post from Peter is displayed in those forums, the associated signature is displayed.

If Peter then went and changed his signature, and posted in the SCJP forum, then all his posts in the SCJP forum would display the new signature, since the act of posting will update the SCJP forum's cache of his details. But if he came back to this forum it would still show the old signature since he has not yet updated the cache in this forum by posting here.

Make sense?

The same rules apply for most of the other "non-post" content - your display name, status (greenhorn, ranch-hand,...), number of posts ... are all stored seperately.

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peter cooke
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Joined: Mar 16, 2004
Posts: 314
Ok since I can never remember my member id but do know how to access my profile.

could you display my member id, if I click the "my profile" link. as it stands I only seem to be able to find that number if happen to find an old posting of mine.
Andrew Monkhouse
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A couple of suggestions:

As Mani suggested, you can try doing a Google search for '"Peter M. Cooke" site:saloon.javaranch.com'.

If somebody sends you a Private Message, and you respond to it, you will be able to see your response in the "My Profile" link - that response will have a link to your externally viewable profile (the one that has your member number displayed).

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Christophe Verré
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Looking at the "Recent Posts" in the profile is usually enough.


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peter cooke
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Joined: Mar 16, 2004
Posts: 314
Originally posted by Satou kurinosuke:
Looking at the "Recent Posts" in the profile is usually enough.


I cannot find a "Recent Posts" link in my profile, how do I surf to find this "recent posts".

I can find links for:"View/Update Profile ", "Update New Post Indicators", "Delete All Cookies Set by This Forum", "Incoming Private Messages", and "Sent Private Messages"
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