Search Instructions

This search operates on image keywords, file names, and captions. It also matches albums whose title contains the search terms. The search results page will contain two sections, displaying returned albums and returned images separately.

Searching on images is done primarily on keywords, and secondarily on matches in title, caption and filename. Searches are further ordered based on the proportion of search terms found in the different fields.

Search defaults to “OR” behavior — where a search for “thailand bangkok” would return all hits for either “thailand” or “bangkok”.

To require a term, use “+” (plus); “+thailand bangkok” would ensure we only display images of Bangkok, Thailand, and exclude images of Bangkok, Nebraska:

To omit a term, use “-” (minus); “thailand -bangkok” would return all images from Thailand, excluding images of Bangkok:

To search a string of words as if it were a single term, wrap it in either single or double quotation marks:

thailand bangkok "Khaosan Road"

To require or omit a string of words, add the “+” or “-” sign within the quotes:

thailand bangkok "+Khaosan Road"

Let’s say you had these photos:

#1 keywords=apple, orange, title=fruit
#2 keywords=apple, orange, title=apple
#3 keywords=apple, title=fruit
#4 keywords=apple, title=apple
#5 title=orange

When searching for the terms “apple orange”, the results would be displayed in the following order:

#2 (keywords match both search terms, title matches one search term)
#1 (keywords match both search terms)
#4 (keywords match one search term, title matches one search term)
#3 (keywords match one search term)
#5 (title matches on one search term)

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