LS2 Forums FAQ

Here you can find answers to questions about how the board works. Use the links or search box below to find your way around.

Sphinx Search Engine

The search isn't perfect but it should do the job and it's very fast. If you see any issues please let me know in the Requests and Feedback forum (so I don't miss the post).

Maximum search results are 2,000
Search as often as you like no more waiting 60 seconds to search again
You can search on as few characters as you want, you can even search with the letter I.

There is a delay of up to 20 minutes before new posts are added to the search results. Basically there is a cron job that runs every 20 minutes to pick up the new content. Every night a full update will be run to pickup and edits and other changes missed.

The Good:
  • Search this forum
  • Search this thread
  • Find all posts by User
  • Find all threads started by User
  • "Search Entire Posts"/"Search Titles Only" and "Show Results as Threads"/"Show Results as Posts" in all four combination's supported
  • "Search Entire Posts" can be sorted by rank/post.dateline (postuserid, forumid will sort by integer)
  • "Search Titles Only" can be sorted by rank, last reply date, first post date, number of replies

The Bad:
  • This means you can't sort posts by title, number of replies/views, thread start date, last reply date (Sphinx doesn't have this data).*
  • "Find Threads with At Least/Most X Replies" doesn't work when "Search Entire Posts"
  • Search results are delayed for new content (updated every 20 minutes)
  • New Posts" not supported... too much logic in the query?!

Mobile Users

By default the full LS2 site will load on your mobile devices. You can then choose what style fits your mobile device best by either scrolling to the bottom of the page and clicking the dropdown box on the left and selecting the skin which you want to use.

The other way of accessing the skins is by modifying the bookmarks to ls2 and adding &styleid= and the number of the style you want to use and click to load the URL.

The style numbers are:

2 = vBulletin
15 = iPod-Hacking
16 = iPhone_LS2
17 = WindowsMobile

So if your bookmark to the Bar and Grill was you would change it to this if you wanted to use the iPhone_LS2 skin

or if you wanted to use the WindowsMobile skin you would use

All mobile themes have a normal button or link at the bottom of the page that will change you back to the full version of LS2. Alternatively you can also add this to the end of the URL &styleid=2 in your browser then click to load the URL.

If you have any questions or comments please post them in this thread:

Filter Forum By Thread Icon

So say you just want to see all the gamer threads or the gun threads, find a thread that has that icon and click on the thread icon and it will sort the forum to show those threads first.

To unfilter the forum click the 'Unfilter' link at the top left of the thread listing (just below the announcement).

I am working on a few things to make this a little better but for now it works.


dingle ;)

YouTube Links

We have a new mod installed that no longer required the [yt] tags to post a video. Simply just post the URL to the video. This mod also works with a ton of other sites. So your best bet it to just post the URL and it will most likely be automatically embedded. links now work (the title isn't pulled correctly but at least the video embeds)

Also, in case you didn't know you can add a #t=XXs and have the video start playing at the seconds specified. For example, if I wanted a youtube video to start playing at 1 minute and 15 seconds in, I would add this to the end of the URL: #t=75s

General Forum Usage

Setting and Profile Features

Reading and Posting Messages


How do I search for something?

The simplest way to search is to use the global search bar at the top of every page. This will allow you to search all available content types. If you want to use a more advanced search, you can use the Advanced Search option.

Advanced Search Operators

There are various search operators that will work when you search (you can of course use multiple operators in a single query)...


The AND operator allows you to search for documents that must contain multiple keywords.
Example: hello AND world


The OR operator allows you to search for documents that contain at least one keyword.
Example: hello OR world


The NOT operator allows you to search for documents that contain at least one keyword, not not others.
Example: hello -world


Grouping allows you to group keywords together with various other operators.
Example: (hello world)


Wrapping keywords in quotes will allow you to search for literal phrases.
Example: "hello world"


You can specify a proximity search that tells the search engine that you only want documents if a keyword is within xx words of another keyword. In the example below, we only care about results that have the word "hello" within 10 words of the word "world".
Example: "hello world"~10


Quorum matching is a bit of fuzzy logic with your search. In the example below, the query is asking for documents that have at least 2 of the 4 words contained in them.
Example: "hello world earth universe"/2

Strict Order

If you only want search results that contain documents with a certain word before another word, you can do so with the strict order operator.
Example: hello << world

Exact Form

To search for exact forms of keywords, you can do so with this operator.
Example: raining =cats and =dogs

Start & End Operators

The start and end operator allows you to find documents that start or end with something specific.
Example (anything that starts with the word): ^hello
Example (anything that ends with the word): world$
This search system was built with Sphinx for vBulletin 4.

Search FAQ

Select this option if you would like your search to look in the text of FAQ items as well as their titles.

Select an option here to specify how you would like your search query to be treated. 'Any words' will return the most numerous but possibly least relevant results, while 'Complete phrase' will return only results that contain exactly what you are searching for.