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    It's not necessary to quote a huge post full of pictures just to add "Beautiful lights" or "+1" etc.
    How often do you see a huge quote with a one line reply. Quotes can be edited if you feel it's necessary to use a quote, you don't have to quote the post in it's entirety.
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    I am relatively new to this forum but enjoying it immensely, it is full of good information, advice, and camaraderie. Please keep in mind that not everyone uses the full site. For me my iPhone is my computer most of the time and I have never accessed this forum on a desktop computer. I use an app called Forum Runner to get around and I am not always able to find what I am looking for. So persons like me are not working with the same set of tools everyone else is working with. Forgive me if I happen to start a redundant thread.

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    Quote Originally Posted by carrot View Post
    Thirdly, the positively obscure:
    - Never ask for the best - If you ask "What's the best" without specifying a budget or a classification, you will get recommendations for lights that cost hundreds or thousands of dollars. It never ceases to fail. The OP gets mad, starts lashing out at posters, posters respond in kind, the thread gets closed and people get banned. Not a happy thing. It's better to ask, "What can I get for $100, I need the best throw I can get."
    Thank you very much! I am EXTREMELY new to the forum, and in my first few posts, i asked for "The Best" and this post was very helpful to ensure i get the best out of my posts in the near future! Thanks again!!

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    Google has a neat feature if you want to search the entire website for a phrase or a word. You type "site:website.name[space]searchword" in the google search field. Here is an example:

    site:www.candlepowerforums.com sunwayman fenix

    to return a list of all threads in the site that have both "sunwayman" and "fenix" in them.

    NOTE: The website is NOT underlined when you do this -- CPF software underlined it as part of this post!


    Naturally, this can be used for any website, not just this forum!

    Cheers,

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    Quote Originally Posted by UPTHEORG View Post
    Google has a neat feature if you want to search the entire website for a phrase or a word.
    You can also just use the Google search box at the top of the page and achieve the same results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm View Post
    You can also just use the Google search box at the top of the page and achieve the same results.

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    Wouldn't you be able to do more than 1 search every 30 seconds by going straight on Google?
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    How do I post a named link (not sure what it's called - tiny url?)?. I remember reading something about it in the forum rules, so tried going advanced and clicked on the globe icon, but it doesn't seem to shorten the link much. I've searched CPF and even scrolled through the sticky's. (There really are a LOT of sticky's by the way. Kind of defeats the purpose?) Anyway, thanks in advance for the input!
    Last edited by Peace Train; 08-01-2014 at 04:37 PM. Reason: CLARIFICATION
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cataract View Post
    Wouldn't you be able to do more than 1 search every 30 seconds by going straight on Google?
    Not if you're in China! I've been here 2 weeks and CPF search doesn't work. Had to use Yahoo search in the same format.
    My biggest light-hog is my camera.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Peace Train View Post
    How do I post a named link (not sure what it's called - tiny url?)?. I remember reading something about it in the forum rules, so tried going advanced and clicked on the globe icon, but it doesn't seem to shorten the link much. I've searched CPF and even scrolled through the sticky's. (There really are a LOT of sticky's by the way. Kind of defeats the purpose?) Anyway, thanks in advance for the input!
    Do you mean a named link like this? Cree XP-L Press Release

    If so, let's see... The format is "Hey Web site, here is a link (www. stuff). Here is what to call it (name)." On CPF, we use BBCode, where the 'code signal' is a Square Bracket: ][. Since the web site reads all the brackets as code, I will write the code with parentheses instead of brackets. Replace )( with ][ and you're golden.

    [code]
    (url=http://www.cree.com/LED-Components-and-Modules/Products/XLamp/Discrete-Directional/XLamp-XPL)Cree XP-L Press Release(/url)
    [/code]

    [code]
    Cree XP-L Press Release
    [/code]
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    Could you spell that out step by step?
    This is what's been happening for the past ten minutes when I tried...

    [http://www.cree.com/LED-Components-and-Modules/Products/XLamp/Discrete-Directional/XLamp-XPL]
    [Cree XP-L Press Release]

    Edit: (did this work?)

    http://www.cree.com/LED-Components-a...onal/XLamp-XPL

    Cree Press XP-L Release
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    Quote Originally Posted by Peace Train View Post
    Uh oh. Next you'll try to see if you can un-underline links to hide them

    I'm glad to help a bit.


    To the topic:

    CPF is a great place because of the community. To invest in that, be pleasant to others, even when they are (rassum frassum) wrong.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnAppleSnail View Post
    CPF is a great place because of the community. To invest in that, be pleasant to others, even when they are (rassum frassum) wrong.
    I agree, this actually applies to all facets of life. But isn't there an etiquette that says don't dangle the bb code carrot before the newb without providing an answer? In keeping on topic, of course this would be followed by pleasantries from both sides.


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    Awesome thread, glad I saw it on the bottom of "Norms" post. I have already broken a rule or two inadvertently. I was lurking on here for months but had to join in the fun eventually. Anyways, this is a great thread. glad i found it sooner than later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scout24 View Post
    This, and several others, could perhaps be made into required reading as part of the registration process... I wonder if that is possible? Excellent points, Carrot. Thank you for putting them out there in your usual constructive, thoughtful style.
    With a quiz requiring 70% correct answers...

    The search feature is a massive library that is super-easy to navigate.

    I have made many an eductated purchase after reading the plethora of threads on certain products. On the contrary I have avoided some as well.

    I say thank you to the staff (past, present and future) along with the numerous members.
    This is a great site...great communuty... and
    coincidently it's about my favorite hobby.
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