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how do you search for a posters profile?

I searched and searched through every way I could think of to *word it* correctly in the site talk search function. how do you search for a posters profile?
I know you can click on their username and it comes up but don't know otherwise how to look someone up, to find (example) a contact for them if I don't know where they have recently posted to be able to click on their name.
also someone very helpful I'm noticing over the past year or so appears to not be a contributor any longer. TIA

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  1. If I understand your question correctly, you want to search for a specific poster in order to find their profile. If the poster's name occurs in the title or body of a post, then a search will turn that up. Otherwise, I don't think it is possible.

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    1. re: carolinadawg

      yea pretty much caroldawg, but really want to see if they've posted of late. like to see their last post to see if I'm correct in my assumption or not, plus, one lady < (I think?) is seeking a recipe I have, not sure what her name was or what recipe she wanted. if I can find that username responding to one of my posts, I know I can click on their name and the profile will come up for contact info.

      1. re: iL Divo

        If you know a board that they post on frequently, such as Home Cooking, you can search their name on that board and it will pull up their posts on that board. From there you can click on their name and pull up recent posts on other boards too.

        1. re: masha

          this person I'm thinking of used to post and I found their username by going way back on my profile page. I found some posts but none recent.

    2. Google is your friend. Just google "chowhound il divo (for example)" and you'll find some reference that you can then click on.

      1. Google is the only way I've found to reliably search for a poster.
        postername site:http://chowhound.chow.com/

        1. Maybe you can email the Moderators (moderators@chowhound.com) and see if they can help you out.

          1. You can't directly search for someone's profile, but you can search all of Chowhound, and then put their username in to limit your search results to threads they've posted in.

            If you're searching from a Chowhound discussion, put something in the search box. I recommend 'a' or 'the' since they're super common words. Then on the search results page, unclick the ticky box next to the name of the board you were searching from, which will widen the results to all of Chowhound. Just above the various boards is a ticky box for 'Username', tick that and it'll open up a text box where you can enter the username. Once you've pulled up a thread they've posted on you can click on their username to reach their profile.

            If you search the entire site, instead of unticking the boardname, tick 'discussions' in the left column to limit to Chowhound, and then tick the username box (it'll appear when you tick discussions) and enter the username as described above.

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            1. re: Jacquilynne

              unfortunately I've just done all that...
              search window
              user: their username
              all years
              under username I put it in again
              then I hit the magnifying glass
              the response...sorry nothing matches your search-try again

              1. re: iL Divo

                Using user:their username in the search box isn't likely to turn up results, since we no longer have that as a search option and it means search would be looking for something that included the word user and the username.

                Dave's just let me know that you can actually search by username in the new search, though -- if you put in the username in an entire site search, their profile should come up as one of the first results.

                If you want to send us an email at moderators@chowhound.com with the username you're looking for, we can look up their profile for you and send you a link.

                1. re: Jacquilynne

                  Jacquilynne, I appreciate your assistance.
                  all minds work differently, we all have our strengths and weaknesses, I know what I possess in knowledge and figuring out things like the depths of how a machine (computer) works is not a strong suit of mine. I've never found the search engine, in all my years participating on chowhound to be user friendly. there have seemed to be so many parameters that it's frustrating and I give up which is when I do a new thread that others have started eons ago already but I couldn't find (although truthfully I really did try).
                  this person used to do a link in my thread(s) to let me know where I can find same questions answered about 'xyz' on a thread(s) already being discussed.
                  I did put just their username in the search, left all else blank, unticked everything
                  untickable and "sorry no match, consider doing 'abc' instead" was all left on an otherwise blank page.
                  appreciate your willingness to help me here.

                  I'm a believer in what I call 'stumbling blocks'. if I'm not supposed to do a certain something, go a certain place , purchase 'that' item, say those words, I hit so many block walls and am told to quit. I've hit that wall on this subject.

                  thanks for suggestions from you all.

                  I'll say a prayer for this poster, wish them Gods speed and let it go.

                  1. re: iL Divo

                    Well, the offer to have us look it up for you remains open.

                    Search engines are kind of literal beasts, so if you're misremembering the spelling or whether the username had spaces in it, that might be tripping up your searches.

                    1. re: Jacquilynne

                      Jacquilynne, thanks for open offer.
                      I have the memory of an elephant-I forget very little. the username is all one word, no spaces and not unusual. when they last posted or where, I have no reason to remember.

                      probably no longer active here-same as some of us on here that used to be frequent posters elsewhere but no longer.

                      1. re: iL Divo

                        Google chowhound and the name. Easy.

                        1. re: iL Divo

                          "I forget very little...I have no reason to remember."
                          Good for a chuckle!

                          1. re: Veggo

                            couldn't let that go could ya, I expected that.

              2. iL, to read your list of posts I hit your s/n in blue which took me to your profile page, then I hit the POST tab which took me to your list of recent posts.

                If you're trying to learn if a specific poster has posted lately, that's how you do it :)

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                1. re: HillJ

                  thanks HillJ, that's exactly what I do do and have always done. but if you've not seen the poster for ages on any post, like really ages, and of course you don't remember what posts you have read of theirs and on what site/which category, what topic, there isn't a screen name/username to click on.
                  I finally did, as I mentioned up thread, find this poster, using my laptop (not my iPhone) and their first top topic post in said thread was from 2010. can I assume that is the last post of theirs? I suspect it was.

                  1. re: iL Divo

                    Then the posting profile will end where that poster left off.

                    1. re: HillJ

                      ...that's what I figured.
                      first post on their profile would be their last .

                2. We released a new search engine this summer, which totally replaced what we had previously. See more about this here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/910525

                  If you do a search of the entire site, you can type in a username, and their profile should appear at the top. For example, here's the search results page when I search for Il Divo: http://www.chow.com/search?q=Il+Divo&...

                  You do need to know how to spell their username. Here's a search result for Jacquilynne, spelled correctly. As you can see, her profile is the second result: http://www.chow.com/search?q=Il+Divo&...

                  But if I spell her name wrong, like Jacquilyne, I won't find her profile: http://www.chow.com/search?q=Il+Divo&...

                  Hope this helps!