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I see on many posts "search the boards, that topic has been discussed MANY times before". I thought I was at least average intelligence, but I seem to fall down miserably when it comes to searching these boards and finding what I need. Usually when I try a search, lots of posts come up but many are unrelated because they only contain one of my search words. I tried using more detail in my search to no avail, I then get practically nothing to come up. What am I doing wrong? Any help is appreciated.

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I have the same problem. I try using the advanced help and those suggestions never work for me. I find it impossible to search now.

I thought it was just me.

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Try the "More Options" tab. Then make sure you look at all the paramters carefully, choose key words carefully, use phrases in quotation marks, and narrow down the forum(s).

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Thanks pax - I'm on the old "safe habor, top heavy, crosstested plan" and "who has to receive the gateway" problem. I know it has been discussed an INFINITE number of times on the boards. I have found many posts with the 3% SHNEC, but am trying to find one that might reference safe harbor match, top heavy & cross testing. My brain is ready to explode and I was hoping to read some posts that would clear my mind. Thanks again.

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Archimage, I thought it was just me as well. The search function is not nearly as good as it was about two years back. When Dave changed the software it helped in a number of areas, but searches became much more difficult. I find the search function on the main benefitslink page much easier to use. If I had one suggestion for an upgrade on the Boards, revising the search function would be it.

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Definitely use the "more options" search. I have seldom had good luck with the regular search. Also, I have had more success since I started using the Advanced Usage Helps. (See link on more options search page.)

The "+", "-" and "*" symbols really helped refine my searches.

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I have had very limited success with the + signs. Seaches that I know should return results sometimes do not. Other times the + signs don't seem to "take" and I get an absurd number of "hits". I think there is also some sort of limitation that your word must be at least 4 charachters long. So searching on issues regarding the "put" in with ESOPs, or "MRD" or "REA" etc. come up with nothing.

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