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Ocrafty1 | Posted in General Discussion on

I have a hard time remembering what some of my favorite older discussions are ‘called’, so searching for them can be really frustrating.  I started adding the URL to ‘My Favorites.’  That way I can go straight to that discussion and find the exact info that I was looking for.

Just an idea…but it sure helps me out!



  1. Palady | | #1

    Ocrafty's idea excellent.

    For lurkers or the uninitiated, this can be done by right clicking, or left depending on your dominate, and choosing Add to Favorites.


    ETA - Another option is to Copy and Paste into Word.  Using this, one can access the data w/o going on-line.  MO, the better to include the message #, the date, and the member's name of the post. 

    Be sure to name the Untitled Document to identify it for yourself after your file it.

    me again   

    Edited 1/15/2009 2:11 pm ET by Palady

    1. Ocrafty1 | | #2

      I do that too, especially for specific instructions.  The advantage of doing that is that you don't need to be on the internet to access the info....it is on your hard drive.  I have satellite internet 'cause we live in the country and there will never be cable run out to us....houses are too far apart and few between....so when the weather is bad, we aren't always able to access the internet.

      Although I've been sewing most of my life, I've learned so much from this site since I joined last year. My son said I've become a forum troll. (the brat) The info and friendships are invaluable!  I absolutely love this site!  I've even had the great pleasure of meeting one of the members...who is so good that she just won 2nd place in a national contest and won't brag about it here!  I'd be so proud that I'd be telling EVERYONE!!!


  2. Josefly | | #3

    Ocrafty, I'm not sure that's going to work for you long-term. There used to be instructions on this forum somewhere - maybe on the welcome page? I'm not sure - that to try to use the url doesn't work because actual urls of the messages change from time to time. The addresses are virtual, not literal, and can change at any point. So we're supposed to go through the normal channels. So your url might take you somewhere else. However if it's working for you now, make use of it - I just think you shouldn't count on it.You don't have to remember the discussion topic name, though - it's fairly easy to search on any words that would've been used in the posts you're interested in, and you can narrow the search by estimating the approximate time period of the topic you're looking for. The way we change the subject in these threads, it's easier to find the messages that way, anyway, than by trying to remember a topic name that has become irrelevant.

  3. sewslow67 | | #4

    That's a terrific idea, and one I wish I had done when it came to a recent message posted about a recent article on pants fitting ...when she mentioned a perfect pant pattern (with pattern number etc.  I've been looking and looking for the post and cannot find it.  It is very frustrating!  I don't even remember the pattern company that was referenced, so I'm sunk right now.  Any ideas?  The message was fairly recent and mentioned that the article was in a fairly recent Threads.

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      ThreadKoe | | #5

      My swiss cheese memory makes searching for past posts a problem also. Info I didn't print out, is needed by someone later, and I can't remember where or who. Sometimes a too specific of a search term or phrase is the problem finding it. Perfect Pants Pattern, should perhaps become pants pattern, more choices to sift through, but it will often lead to another choice, or a memory of a person or article to look for. A broader timeframe often works as well, as the subject often comes up several times, and an article or post is often older than I remember. Cathy

      1. sewslow67 | | #8

        Hi Cathy; all good points.  Thanks.  We are off to Kamloops now, and I just sent you a PM, so need to run.  I'm sure I've missed the date though, of that pants perfect message, but I remember that she mentioned a specific pants pattern that had been talked about in the article, and said it was the best fitting ever re using all the hits in the article.  I'll just have to keep searching.

    2. Josefly | | #6

      I wish I could help you find the post you're looking for. But next time, you may want to email a post to yourself. That option is available to you right at the bottom of the message you want to save, under "Options." When you click on it, you provide the email address (yours) that you want to send the message to, and then you can add some words to describe the email, so you can be reminded later of its content. I must have 50 or so of those messages in my saved emails now.I know that doesn't help if you realize later on that you want the info in a posting. :>( And it's a painstaking process to go through the long list you get on a search of something like "pants fitting", but you can limit your search to a particular time period, at least.ALL: Saving the urls of messages is not reliable. When you next login to Gatherings, and you're taken to the "Welcome" page, scroll to the very bottom of the page, and click on "Navigation"; that'll take you to a FAQ (frequently asked questions) where you can see what they say about using urls to get to either the forum or specific messages in the forum.

      1. sewslow67 | | #7

        Thank you so very much for taking the time to share this information, Josefly; it is most helpful and I appreciate your thoughtfulness.

        Have a great weekend, and thanks again.  ;-)

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