How to search the Community Forum effectively

There are two ways to start a search in The first way is to click the magnifying glass in the upper right-hand corner to open the search bar. You can perform a simple keyword search or you can refine your search by using filters in the search bar (‘from:’, ‘has:’, ‘before:’, or ‘in:’). For instance, you could type ‘in:titles keyword’ to find a specific word in a title. The Discord (Using Search – Discord) website has more information about using filters and how to stack filters to make your search even more powerful.

Figure 1: Click the magnifying glass to open the search bar, which contains a ‘filter menu’ icon (three horizontal lines with sliders, sometimes called a ‘hamburger icon’)

The second way to access search functions is to use the Advanced Filters Search Window. You access the window two ways. Click on the magnifying glass to open the search bar, then click on the ‘filter menu’ icon within the search bar (see image above) or hit Ctrl+Enter. From this window, you can use the drop-down menus to improve your search parameters.

Figure 2: Advanced Filters Search Form Window

If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for in, then it is worth posting a new topic and asking your question. For example, use the ‘Support’ category for questions about Rubin Observatory services like the Rubin Science Platform and the LSST Science Pipelines, or the ‘Science - Data Q&A’ category to ask questions about the LSST data products, and so on. Any questions about the Forum itself can go in the ‘Meta’ category.

As a final note, when asking questions in the Community Forum, please do not worry about duplicating content! If you can’t find what you’re looking for in a few minutes, then probably others will not be able to either.

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