How to Use the Edit Search

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As an editor and voter, most of the time you just need some basic filtering for the edits you want to see. All open edits for an artist, or the whole history of a release, or all recent edits for anything you're subscribed to. But sometimes that's not enough - either the usual searches give way too many results, or you want something more specific that just doesn't match any of the default pages. That's what the edit search feature is for! You can access it either directly from the menu or by selecting "Refine this search" from the top of most default edit lists, which will already pre-fill some fields to match the list you were on so that you can just add or change whatever you need. Another way to get pre-built searches you can refine to your needs is from our voting suggestions page.

While a lot of the conditions should hopefully be self-explanatory, not all of them are. The rest of this page goes into more detail into the most complicated bits of the edit search.

The top bar

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The first row of the search filters is where you can set the general conditions for the search. You can choose:

  • Whether to view all edits, or view only those that did (or did not) apply automatically.
  • Whether to see the most recent edits first, the oldest, ones that just closed, ones where the voting is closing soon, etc. (or whether to pick a random order!)
  • Whether you want only the edits that match the conditions that you specify later, or only those that do not match them (for example, to filter out a specific kind of edits).
  • Whether the conditions should all match (or not match) or whether it is ok to match (or not match) only one of them. Effectively, whether this should be an AND or an OR search.
How-To Pages
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Basic How-Tos
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