Got Myst-Uru search problems? May be things like finding information about topics regarding Myst-Uru history, the status of Myst-Uru open source, how to install and run the older games on new computers and on and on… It can be a challenge in the Myst-Uru world with most information on the Cyan (Myst creator) and fan forums. There are a ton of them. If you don’t know which forum is about which aspect of Myst-Uru, you are in for a long search.
Fans have realized this and stepped up and put in the labor to build lists of the Myst-Uru Important Links in the community. Others made lists of Myst Uru fan sites. Others lists of Uru fan blogs. The idea was to make it easier to find information in the forums. Lists of important links in a forum is an atypical solution so many fans do not realize it is there. If you have a specific need there is still a lot to read to find what you want.
There is Google, Yea! Google, I love you! If you run a search via Google you may just find too much information. Even worse you may find loads of hits from a forum and having already looked at it know what you want is not there. So, you are digging through pages of results or trying to narrow the search.
Or you may know that a piece of information is on a specific site. Then one tries to use the forum search and finds out how weak it is. Need to find information on the Uru Library Manager? Most fans refer to it as ULM, three letters. Most forum searches will not search on three letters.
There are some search tools out there. There is Uru Search by Kestr’l. If you search on ULM using it then one gets three pages of Myst Online posts. You would never suspect that the Uru – Guild of Writers (GoW) and the Uru – Guild of Maintainers – ULM (GoMa) have far more information on ULM. One would also likely not notice from the forum writing that GoW is depreciating ULM in favor of Drizzle/UAM. All the three letter acronyms make using forum search frustrating. The predominance of the MOUL forums in Google results make it less than ideal.
The alternative is the Uru Guild of Cartographers Search Tool. It was built to allow one to search the large community sites. There are several buttons for searching specific forums. Try it out and see how you like it. It does those 3 letter acronyms really well.