One of the most important things to know how to do here on the forums is to search. Searching allows you to find what you are looking for quickly, and allows you to check to see if something has already been posted before you make a duplicate.
There are several ways to search. The easiest is to use the search box in the upper right of any forum page, under the blue tabs:
Enter what you'd like to search for and click the "SEARCH" button.
Another way is by using the search drop down menu. You access this by clicking on the "Search" link in the blue navigation bar across the top of every forum page (between the "New Posts" and "Quick Links" links):
Again, just enter what you'd like to search for. You can also choose if you'd like the results shown as threads or as individual posts.
Finally, for a more refined search, click the search drop down menu, and click on the "Advanced Search" link. It will take you to a page that looks like this:
From this page you can enter what you'd like to search for, select if you want to find those terms in just the title of threads or in the entire body (including all replies). You can also select specific forums to search within, can search for posts only made by a specific member, and several other options to customize the results.
Also, when you are searching to see if something has been reposted, use a few key words as possible.
For example, if you are posting a thread for a contest, don't search for:
SMUCKER'S® "SQUEEZE IN SOME FUN ends 2/28/07
And instead just pick out the key word(s) and search for: smuckers
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