This Might Be A Wiki:Searching

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This page explains how to search the wiki for what you are looking for.


Avoid short and common words[edit]

This is the most likely cause of an unexpected failed search. If your search terms include a common "stop word" (such as "the", "one", "your", "more", "right", "while", "when", "who", "which", "such", "every", "about", "onto"), then your search will fail without any results. Short numbers, and words that appear in half of all pages, will also not be found. In this case, drop those words and rerun the search.

Search is case-insensitive[edit]

The searches for "tmbg", "Tmbg" and "TMBG" all return the same results.


To search for a phrase, enclose it in double quotation marks.

Suggested Pages[edit]

If you search from the left-hand navigation box, the wiki will suggest up to 15 of the most relevant pages that match the text you have entered. You can either select one of the links to go directly to that page, or submit your search.

Searching limitations and Gotchas[edit]

No regular expressions or wildcards[edit]

You cannot use regular expressions or wildcards such as ? or *. If you don't know what that is, don't worry about it. To search for pages with the words "boat" or "boats" search like this: "boat or boats".

Delay in updating the search index[edit]

For reasons of efficiency and priority, very recent changes to pages are not always immediately taken into account in searches.

Search Options[edit]

Namespaces searched[edit]

The search only applies to the namespaces selected in the preferences. To search the other namespaces check or uncheck the tickboxes in "Search in namespaces" box found at the bottom of a search results page. Depending on the browser, a box may still be checked from a previous search, but without being effective any longer! To make sure, uncheck and recheck it.

Searching the image namespace means searching the image descriptions, i.e. the first parts of the image description pages, and the titles, but only of those images which have an image description!

(Also there is a special search feature Special:Imagelist, which searches in titles, regardless of whether there is an image description.)

Redirects can be excluded[edit]

Check or uncheck the tickbox "List redirects" in "Search in namespaces" box found at the bottom of a search results page.

The wikitext is searched[edit]

The wikitext (source text, what one sees in the edit box) is searched. This distinction is relevant for piped links, for Interwiki links, special characters, etc.


Some portions of matching pages that contain the searched-for terms are shown, with the terms bolded. You can set the number of lines extracted and the amount of text per line shown in your preferences.

If you search e.g. for "book" you get only pages with that word, not pages with "books" only. However, on pages with "book" and "books", also the part "book" of the word "books" is highlighted.

Show Searching[edit]

TMBW has two custom extensions for searching our extensive show and setlist database. The first, Show Search lets you see all live performances played at a specified venue or city/state. The second, Setlist Search will display a list of all known shows at which a particular song was played. (Note that John Linnell solo and Mono Puff shows are excluded from the Setlist Search).

Browser Searching[edit]

With Firefox and newer versions of Microsoft Internet Explorer (7.0+), you can add a TMBW.Net search to your browser's search box. While you're surfing TMBW.Net, in the upper right hand corner of your browser, you can select "Add This Might Be A Wiki...", which will install a shortcut that you can use to search TMBW.Net, no matter what site you are on.

In Firefox, this shortcut will even suggest pages whose titles match the text you have entered.

Custom Google Search Engine[edit]

Unfortunately, MediaWiki's internal search engine is nowhere near as powerful as some of the more famous search engines, such as Google. If you'd like to use Google to search, we have set up a custom Google search engine that you can use for more powerful searching.